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Community Service Hours Form

Students must accumulate a total of 40 hours of eligible community service before the end of grade 12 in order to graduate high school.  Changes to this legislation now allows incoming grade 9 students to begin earning community service hours in the summer between grade 8 and grade 9.  We would encourage all students to complete this requirement early to avoid stress in their final year.  Examples of eligible activities include :

  • service to religious or cultural institutions and programs
  • events organized through local community associations such as Canada Day festivities, BBQs, community cleanups
  • service to charities and non profit organizations
  • coaching or scorekeeping minor sports
  • community service organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, Horticultural Society or Garden Club, local libraries, Lion’s Club, etc.
  • any of the Ottawa area festivals held over the summer (Rideau Canal Festival, Jazz Festival, Bluesfest, Fringe Festival, Chamber Music, etc.)

While this is not a complete list of eligible activities, adhering to this list will help to ensure hours are not rejected.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the website of their local community association to learn of upcoming events requiring volunteers.  In September students are reminded to frequently check the Community Service bulletin board located outside Student Services for opportunities.

The OCDSB prohibits door to door canvassing except where the student is 16 years or older or is accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. 

Ineligible activities also include those that would pay the student or any placement with “for profit” organizations, businesses or family members.  If in doubt about the eligibility of an activity do not begin the activity until contacting the principal or Student Services.  In addition, City of Ottawa policy prohibits volunteers under the age of 14 in any of their programs unless they are volunteering with a parent.

Community Service Opportunities below:

Summer Drop-ins and Summer Camps with the City of Ottawa

Please see the following links for these community service opportunities:

Summer Drop-ins
Summer Camps at Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata
Summer Camps in Kanata North and Carp

Please contact Jordan at jordan.little@ottawa.ca if you have any questions. DEADLINE to apply is Friday May 25th

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Doors Open Ottawa 2018 - Weekend of June 2nd & 3rd 

This is a free city-wide event organized by the City of Ottawa, celebrates our community's built heritage.  During the first full weekend in June (June 2 & 3/18), over 150 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will open their doors for the public’s viewing pleasure.

Students are needed to help with various activities: Greet and welcome visitors, hand out event material and track the number of visitors arriving on site etc.

Please see the attachment for more details Doors Open

New Volunteer Information Session - May 14th and May 17th.


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Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association Multi-Sport Kids Program
from May 22nd - July 31st, 2018 

Event is on TUESDAY evenings from 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

This is a community based program for children currently in JK to grade 2. Sports include: Soccer, t-ball, softball, tennis, and other field games.

If you are interested in sports and enjoy being around children this would be of interest to you and receive community service hours!  

If interested, please contact Tom at thomas.bennett@ocdsb.ca

See flyer in Guidance - Community Service Binder


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Carp Colossal Garage Sale WEJ Arena in Carp Saturday June 9th 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday June 8th set up from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. or Saturday morning at 7 a.m. 

Saturday June 9th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m
. Student help needed for set up, manage the event with my supervision and take down tables.


If interested, please contact Peter at petegreen@sympatico.ca


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Annual Canada Day event at Kanata Recreation Centre June 28th - July 2nd

Student help needed!  There are various times available.  
As this is a live event, volunteers may be tasked with a variety of duties, of which provide equal benefit to the attendees. Potential tasks include cleaning the grounds, setting tables, managing bouncy castles, and many more.

We are looking to fill these positions by late May.  Iinterested, student can sign up online at this link Canada Day Celebrations

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Volleyball Nations League - Friday June 8th - Sunday June 10th  

Volleyball Canada needs volunteers for a variety of roles from setup to tear down. You can help for one day, two days - whatever you can offer is appreciated.

Here is the link to register and volunteer: Volleyball Canada

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Mothercraft Touch a Trunk Event Sunday June 10th at Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

(Event in support of Birth and Parent Companion Program)

Students can email Courtney at courtney.holmes@mothercraft.com or trucks@mothercraft.com for information and to volunteer. 

Volunteer Registration forms are available in Guidance. All forms must be in by Friday May 25th, 2018


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The Ottawa Kennel Club Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th, 2018 at Richmond Fair Grounds

Student volunteers are needed to help out with the Outdoor Dog Show in May.  We provide lunch if volunteers work a full day.  Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  But we can accommodate less hours during the weekend. 

If interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Gail Somers at 613-741-7486 or email gailsomers@rogers.com

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Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival at Vincent Massey Park
on 
June 21st - 24th, 2018


If you are 14 years and older you can be part of the festival season!  All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and free meal for each shift.

To learn more about volunteering, please click this link
Ottawa Summer Solstice

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Summer Nature Camps at Carp Ridge Learning Centre 
(not for profit registered charity)

Do you have wilderness skills, knowledge of plants/animals, rocks/minerals, music and crafts!  Interested in becoming a Camp Counsellor?

If so, please contact Darlene at 613-839-1198 or email programs@ecowellness.com

See more details in the Community Service Binder in Guidance.

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Kanata Dragons Athletic Club - May 21st until July 27th

Volunteers are needed for their summer program. The program provides some support on the soccer field for young athletes with disabilities. Participants age's 3 - 11 years old.

Student volunteers must be available on week nights.  No prior experience necessary, training will be given. 

If interested in volunteering, please contact Jessica Kovacic (Coordinator) at admin@kanatadragons.com or call 613-852-9707

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Almonte Celtfest - Gemmill Park July 6th - 8th 

We promote Ottawa Valley's music and dance heritage. This is no-profit event.

Some of the activities that students would helping out with:  

Working with children at the Little Celtz tent - face painting, crafts
Welcoming guests at front gates
Information and merchandise booths
Set-up or take-down of the stage & other equipment

Interested students can email
almonteceltfest@hotmail.com or call 613-599-7067 or contact us through our web page Almonte Celtfest

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Volunteer at Stonecrest Elementary School

The School Council is looking for student volunteers to help out with:
Preparing snacks for the Grab 'n' Go snack program, or sort and photograph items in the Lost and Found.

To Volunteer, please sign up using this link Volunteer at Stonecrest


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Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata -
see link below:

Spring 2018 Drop-in Program (volunteer to help staff in the drop-in program) PLEASE come to Guidance to sign up!

Questions, please contact Jordan at jordan.little@ottawa.ca

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West Carleton Nordic Ski Club - Fitzroy Provincial Park

The Nordic Ski Club is looking for a student volunteer to help develop a Facebook page where members and public can exchange information, such as ski conditions, club events etc. 

Please contact Tammy at meagher.tammy@gmail.com or call 613-277-4062

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Royal Canadian Legion TGIF Dinners 

Where: Royal Canadian Legion  - Allbirch Road Constance Bay

When: Every Friday evening from 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Duties: Set up, serve and clean-up for community dinners

To volunteer, please call George Dolan at 613-832-2917

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Canadian Blood Services - help to promote the Blood Donor Clinics
Student Volunteers in Grade 11 or 12 only. 

Over the summer months we participate in a large number of community events to promote blood donations. Volunteers are needed to help with the information booths.

If interested, please contact Jennifer Heale at jennifer.heale@blood.ca or
call 613-560-7149.


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Trillium Party of Ontario - Volunteer for the Kanata-Carleton Trillium Association. 

Get to know and learn from your local member of Provincial Parliament. Engaged in the Provincial political process. 

For more information or if interested, please contact Tyler Evely - evely.tyler@gmail.com or call 613-402-5806

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Diefenbunker Volunteer Opportunities - Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker is always looking for new volunteer's on the weekend and/or during the summer. If you would like to help with events, kids' camps, etc and dress up like a zombie then this is a great experience for you!

Contact: r.wilson@diefenbunker.ca or call 613-839-0007.  facebook.com/diefenbunker

3929 Carp Road, 10 minutes past the Canadian Tire Centre

Details also available in the Volunteer Binder in Guidance.

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ONGOING Community Service Opportunities


City of Ottawa

Please click HERE for the link to many volunteer opportunities!

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Habitat for Humanity

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity GO gives you an opportunity to get involved and share your talents to achieve its very worthy cause – building homes and building hope.

Please click on this link Habitat for Humanity for all the details!

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Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge (Registered Charity)

Looking for student volunteers to help with several tasks:

Loading trucks and unloading truckloads of hay

Repairing fences

Cleaning up the property  

Mucking and repairing the farm sanctuary  

Preparing the wildlife centre for spring intake 

For more information please contact Lynne Rowe by email at: lynne@ccwr.ca  – information also available in the Volunteer binder in Student Services.

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Canadian Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.ca/en/get-involved/volunteering/ways-to-volunteer/youth-volunteer-opportunities/?region=on

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 Kanata Food Cupboard Weekly Opportunities

For information about weekly tasks, please see the Volunteer bulletin board or binder in Student Services.

To volunteer contact: Kerry Beer  - volunteer@kanatafoodcupboard.ca or call 613.836.7847

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Volunteer Binder/Volunteer Bulletin Board/Ottawa Area Websites

Reminder to students that there is a Volunteer binder located in Guidance also check out the Volunteer bulletin board in the hall outside our door.  You will find current and on-going community service opportunities.

Local Community Associations located near West Carleton Secondary School.  These local community centres have opportunities throughout the year.

Constance/Buckhams Bay Community Association 

http://cbbca.ca/cms/

Corkery Community Association  

http://www.corkerycommunity.ca/

Galetta Community Association  

http://www.galettaca.org/

Kinburn Community Association 

http://www.kinburn.ca/

Dunrobin Community Association  

http://www.dunrobincommunity.com/

Fitzroy Harbour Association  

http://fitzroyharbour.com/fitz/

Huntley Community Association  

http://www.hca-carp.ca

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Discover Volunteer Opportunities in Ottawa

Not all opportunities on these websites may fall under OCDSB Guidelines. Unsure?  Ask us in the Main Office or Guidance. 

Bell Capital Cup Hockey Tournament: http://bellcapitalcup.ca/view/capitalcup/

Bluesfest: https://ottawabluesfest.ca/

Canada Day in Kanata: http://www.canadadayinkanata.com/

Canadian Ski Marathon: http://www.csm-mcs.com/

​Canadian Cancer Society: ​http://www.cancer.ca

CHEO BBQ: https://cheobbq.com/

City of Ottawa: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/get-know-your-city/volunteering#volunteering-city-ottawa

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm: http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/young.htm      

Hope Volleyball Summerfest:  www.hopehelps.com

Kanata Food Cupboard: http​s​://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: http://maddchapters.ca/ottawa/ 

National Capital Commission: http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/bins/index.asp

National Capital Race Marathon: http://www.ncm.ca

Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival:​http://www.dragonboat.net/

Ottawa Folk Festival: https://cityfolkfestival.com/volunteer/

Ottawa Food Bank:​​http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/

Ottawa Fringe Festival: https://​www.ottawafringe.com

Ottawa Hospitals:  http://www.ottawahospital.on.ca/wps/portal/Base/TheHospital/CareersAndVolunteering/Volunteering

Snowsuit Fund: http://www.snowsuitfund.com/

Toy Mountain: http://salvationarmyottawa.ca/ways-you-can-help/volunteer/volunteer-with-toy-mountain/

Volunteer Ottawa: http://www.volunteerottawa.ca/

 

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