Service Opportunities – September 19

A group of SMUS students took part in the Gorge Waterway Clean Up last weekend.

The Middle School Cross Country team is looking for volunteers from the Senior School to volunteer for a Middle School cross country meet on Thursday, Sept 26. You will be a course marshal and your role is to make sure the runners all stay on the correct course. You will leave the school at 3 pm and return by 4:45 pm. Transportation is provided, as well as a snack! If you are able to help please contact Ms. Cunningham at [email protected].


Vancouver Island Model Engineers is looking for volunteers for their Halloween event, Pumpkin Express, which is held on Oct. 18-20 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. This is a family event, where guests ride a small train through a Halloween forest!

They are looking for interested mature students who would like to assist in preparing for this event. The prep includes work parties for decorating the forest areas, as well as volunteering during the event with supervision of games and activities, haunted house, craft tables, pumpkin carving, haunted story walks, a scavenger hunt in the graveyard, and face painting.

Please contact Diana Wigen at [email protected] if you are interested. Please make the subject line “Pumpkin Express Volunteer”.


Esquimalt Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers for their Christmas baking classes for kids at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. The ideal volunteer enjoys working with kids 7-12 years old, has an understanding of basic kitchen skills and safety, and works well in a lively environment. The shifts are on Fridays from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. from Dec. 6-20.

Volunteer duties include:

  • Assisting the instructor with all tasks related to providing cooking instruction to kids. This includes teaching and demonstrating kitchen skills, assisting students, engaging in all classroom activities and games, and ensuring a fun and safe environment for participants
  • Assisting with classroom set-up and clean-up
  • Communicating with the instructor and delivering information to parents and students

Volunteers are expected to be punctual, appropriately dressed and able to spend the shift electronics-free. To apply, please contact Gillian Rowan at [email protected] or call 250-412-8532.


Ballet Victoria is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist during their 2019/2020 season. They have four productions each year and volunteer opportunities include poster distribution to help with advertising upcoming performances, assisting with the ‘Tea for Tutu’ seniors events, as well as front of house opportunities during MainStage performances at both the Royal and McPherson Theatres. Choose from any or all of those options if you are interested in learning and spreading the word about local talent in Victoria. Training is provided.

For more information, visit www.balletvictoria.ca or apply online!


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is looking for bakers. Do you enjoy baking? Are you are willing to bring a full cookie tin to the Swan Lake Nature House a couple of times a month?

Your cookies will be much appreciated by their volunteers. They have Outdoor Restoration Teams and Office Volunteers coming in on a daily basis. Please note that several Cookie Makers are needed because the volunteers love cookies! (And it’s OK to bake other treats instead of cookies.)

You can choose when to drop off the cookies because the Swan Lake Nature House is open every day. They will happily accept your cookies as often as you choose to make them! Please tape a list of ingredients and your name to the cookie tin. If you have any questions, please call 250-479-0211.


Cookie photo courtesy of Eccoxile on Flickr.

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