Are you looking for a challenge, a way to help make a difference in the lives of Canada’s young people? Do you have a passion for a certain sport or a skill that you want to share? Perhaps you’re looking for something to do in your spare time that will change your life? If you’re answering yes and nodding your head in agreement, then perhaps you’re the volunteer we’ve been looking for here at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Volunteers are the backbone of the organization. With a small staff, it is the volunteers who lead the way and enable us to reach out to young people across the country making the services that you share extremely valuable. The knowledge and advice that you bring is pivotal to the functioning of the Programme. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award relies on the hard work of volunteers to motivate and encourage youth of local communities across Canada. Don’t worry if you have never completed an Award yourself, we just ask that you have knowledge of the Programme.
There are a number of ways to volunteer and get involved with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. However we must warn you, it is our experience that volunteers gain as much from their efforts, as the participants who benefit from their time and skills! Some of the benefits you will receive are; the satisfaction and enjoyment of young people’s achievement, improving your relationship with today’s youth, working with other volunteers sharing common objectives, making new friends, and having fun!
What you can do:
Instructor or Assessors: Share your knowledge
Instructors and assessors are adults who work with participants on a specific activity. For example it could be instructing expedition techniques such as hiking, canoeing, mountain climbing or supervising a participant who is volunteering within the community, or instructing participants on dancing, swimming, lacrosse or even judo.
Adults who share their specialized knowledge as either an Instructor or Assessor will go through a briefing and training seminar in order for them to understand the philosophy and concept of the Award. If you would like to join The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award volunteering as an assessor or instructor please contact your local divisional office.
Volunteer at your Local Office:
Being an Instructor or Assessor is not the only way to help The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We need help at the Local Offices across the country. Perhaps you have that office flare we need. There is always something to do at the local offices from getting information packages together to answering phones. If interested in volunteering within the office please contact your local divisional office for more information.
The Award relies on charitable donations at the international, national, and local levels and fund-raisers are required at all levels. Fundraising is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you are marketing and sales orientated and love the rush of closing a deal, we need you!
At the local level across the country many individual groups need funds to buy expedition equipment, fund training and the cost of expeditions. In some cases funds are needed to help individual young people who need assistance to purchase Record Books.
Help with such activities can greatly assist Award leaders who can then concentrate on working with the participants. If you are interested in helping The Award as a fundraiser, contact the National Office or your Local Division for more information.