Service Opportunities – February 15

A group of keen students recently helped with a garden clean up !

SMUS Education Extension is in need of volunteers for spring break camps.

They need one volunteer who can help out with a cooking camp March 19-23, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a volunteer to help with a sports camp on the same dates from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information or to apply, contact Ms. Wilson at

Join a weekly restoration group with Friends of Uplands Park, helping to restore the endangered Garry Oak ecosystem by removing invasive English Ivy and other invasive plants. Tools and gloves are provided and they will teach you what you need to know. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for all ages. No need to RSVP – just show up!

DATE: Each Sunday until March 25.
TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: Uplands Park, meet at at the Cattle Point kiosk
CONTACT: Margaret Lidkea at 250-595-8084

Craigdarroch Castle Historical Society is looking for volunteer docents. A docent is someone who provides visitors with a great experience in the Castle. This volunteer learns about the history of the Castle itself, as well as the Dunsmuir family who built it and the institutions that have occupied it since (it has been a military hospital, music conservatory, university, and museum).

Docents are stationed throughout the Castle to share and interact with visitors. If you love history, people, and architecture you’ll love this volunteer opportunity. The start date is flexible and the time commitment is 4 hours per week.

To apply, please contact Toby by e-mail at

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea needs volunteer naturalists. Join their team of dedicated volunteers and have some fun down near the water in Sidney. Greet visitors and help them explore the habitats and marine life of the Salish Sea. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert. They provide the training you need to answer questions about the marine life. It’s the knowledge and friendliness of volunteers that inspire visitors to return again and again.

– Learn about the Salish Sea bio-region and conservation
– Meet new people
– Receive a reference after 60 hours of volunteering
– Give back to the community and your environment

They require a minimum commitment of 60 hours as the training is quite extensive, working a minimum of 5 hours per month. Each shift is 2.5 hours and includes a short enrichment/briefing session so you can learn something new, or update your knowledge on the animals and their habitats.

Apply online on their volunteer page at

Measuring Cup photo courtesy of Ballookey Klugeypop | Flickr Creative Commons


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