Volunteer and in so doing, enrich your own life and your community! The St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre has many volunteer opportunities to choose from and can help find the right fit for you, even if you are not sure of what that might be. For information on any of the following volunteer opportunities, or to call and discuss other opportunities, call 780-459-6666 or visit the website www.govolunteer.ca.
Dance Without Limits mentor
Are you comfortable working with children? Do you want to help bring the dance dreams of young people with cerebral palsy, alive? Previous dance experience an asset but not required. Compassion, understanding, patience and the ability to have fun are required, as you help these young children practise the art of dance. Training provided. Minimum age is 13. Dance sessions are on Saturdays, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 9 to Dec. 13, at a local St. Albert dance studio.
Do you have intermediate alpine skiing or snowboarding skills? Help people with disabilities to live richer and fuller lives by sharing those skills and providing ski or snowboard instruction to these individuals during the Learn to Ski program. Lessons are Monday evenings at Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, Jan. 12 to March 8, 2015.
Do you have good listening and communication skills; do you possess tact and the ability to assess people? Assist at a local hospital to provide support to the switchboard operator in directing patient flow to the appropriate areas and facilitate line-ups in the admitting area. Various three-hour shifts are available on Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoons.
Art gallery opening receptions
Are you friendly, enthusiastic and comfortable initiating contact with the public? Assist at this gallery's public exhibition opening receptions. You'll greet the public, distribute general exhibition and gallery information to those entering and leaving the building and help with refreshments for the event. Opening receptions generally take place the first Thursday of each month in the evening.
Brownie/Girl Guide leaders
Are you a female who enjoys working with girls and youth? Become a leader and help young girls, ages five to 15, achieve greatness. Plan and organize weekly unit meetings that can include games, crafts, singing, field trips and adventures. Meetings are held on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, at various school and clubhouse locations in St. Albert. Minimum age for junior leaders is 14 years and for leaders is 18 years.
Special Olympics swim and bowling coaches
Are you patient, friendly, outgoing and have good communication skills? Spend an hour or so, once per week, helping to provide the sport of leisure swimming or bowling to persons with developmental disabilities. For a swimming coach, you should be comfortable in the water, have the ability to coach and/or swim different strokes, but do not need to be a swim instructor or lifeguard. For bowling, familiarity with five-pin bowling would be an asset. Programs run September 2014 through May 2015; swimming is on Monday evenings and bowling on Saturday afternoons.
Do you have a passion for quilting? Create quilts for families who have left abusive relationships, and help to provide some tender, loving care that is much needed. This can be done at your own pace and in your home or with a quilting group. You can include messages of inspiration for clients on a note card, to give along with your quilt.
Assistant coach sled hockey
Donate some of your time and hockey experience to coach sled hockey to disabled and able-bodied athletes. Hockey experience is desired and a willingness to learn; NCCP-Level 1 is preferred or a willingness to obtain the level, if necessary. Time commitment involves weekly practices on Saturdays as well as league games on Saturdays (at Leduc Recreation Centre); also, team meetings and possible tournaments. Registration and tryouts will take place in September 2014. Minimum age is 20.