Steps to becoming a volunteer

Whether you like working with children, youth, adults or seniors, at cultural facilities, festivals and special events, or contributing as a member of a council-appointed group, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. You may wish to volunteer once a week, once a month or a few times a year at special events—we have options to fit everyone’s lifestyle. 

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to contribute to your community and help establish a personal and professional network. You can also make new friends, practice English and develop leadership skills that can be transferrable to a career. 

Please note: You don't need to be a West Vancouver resident to volunteer for most opportunities (you do for committees and groups), but most positions have a minimum age requirement of 14 years. Some volunteer placements require a criminal record check, but not all. 

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Step 1: Decide you would like to join

Decide you would like to join and ensure you meet our Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum of 14 years of age
  • Proof of Valid BC Medical, BC Care Card or BC Services Card with a Personal Health Number
  • Good understanding of English
  • Eligible to Volunteer in Canada (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • Commit to a minimum of 3 – 6 months
  • Complete the general orientation and further training as needed
  • Present a piece of Government-issued ID that displays your name, date of birth and photo

Step 2: Register and attend a general orientation

Youth Volunteer Orientation and Training

Adult Volunter Orientation

Please bring Government-issued ID to your orientation.

Step 3: Completion of the orientation

After successful completion of the orientation, you will be send an email with instructions on the next steps.

Step 4: Successful candidates

Adults that are successful will receive an email with details of how to set up an appointment with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss the next steps. Criminal Record Searches will be discussed, do not go and get one prior to this meeting. Bring Government ID to this meeting.

Youth that are successful will receive an email welcoming them and informing them of the next steps. In many cases proof of identity (BC Services Card w/ Personal Health Number) will be required before being fully accepted as a volunteer.

Step 5: Start volunteering!

Start volunteering, sign up online.

You can enter your hours, print reports, edit your profile and more.

Step 6: Register for additional training

Register for additional training if you want to volunteer in the following areas: Café, Aquatics, Gymnastics or Arena Training. Museum and Day Camps Training, and more. For information on training and different types of volunteer opportunities not seen in the volunteer software, contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Step 7: Volunteer with us!

Enter your hours online and have fun volunteering!

Volunteer Hours

New volunteers, please attend a orientation course first. Current volunteers, if you need log-in information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator.