Service Opportunities – October 11

The Burnside Gorge Community Centre needs volunteers for their Santa’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9–11:30 a.m. Santa’s Pancake Breakfast is an annual Christmas event for families, featuring musical entertainment, crafts and activities, a delicious pancake breakfast and photos with Santa!

Volunteer positions:
• Clean-up Crew
• Craft & Activity Leaders
• Greeters
• Kitchen Crew
• Parking Crew
• Santa’s Helpers
• Theatre Crew

Please contact Travis at [email protected] if you are interested.


Did you know that some researchers predict there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050? If you want to help fight plastic pollution on our local beaches then please consider volunteering at Surfrider Vancouver Island’s 2nd annual beach clean-up this Sunday (October 14). You can check out Surfrider on Facebook. You will have to arrange your own transportation.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. meet at Willows Beach for clean-up (bring gloves and a bucket if possible). Then from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, head to Clover Point to help sort debris, join the Surfrider group photo and have snacks (sponsored by Whole Foods Market). Stay for as long or short as you can! Get service hours and help keep our local beaches clean!

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Volunteers are needed at the Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre. The Monster Mash is a monstrously fun Halloween event for families and children. The event features games, dancing and a concession stand. It’s ghoulishly good fun for everyone.

Volunteer positions:
• Cafe helpers
• Clean-up crew
• Decorating crew
• Game and activity leaders
• Spooky greeters
• Admission collection/treat bag distribution

Please contact Travis at [email protected] if you are interested.


Winter Market Volunteers are needed for the Oaklands Winter Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1. Each year, the Oaklands Community Association holds a winter craft fair. There is live music and more than 50 vendors. This event is held at the Oaklands Community Association and Elementary School. It is a lively, family-friendly event and is very well attended.

Shifts are 2 hours long and are between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Volunteers will have the option to help with set-up (setting up tables, chairs, moving recycling, etc.), helping vendors unload, helping the band set up, tear down, bussing tables and keeping the room tidy.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Sarah at [email protected]


Pumpkin photo courtesy of James Halstead | Flickr Creative Commons
Christmas Tree photo courtesy of Matthew Paulson | Flickr Creative Commons

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