Community Service

Community Involvement form/information

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:

Halloween Party in Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre on Saturday October 27th

Help is needed to assist with the preparations for the party and the haunted house on Saturday October 27th.  Tasks may include: various party stations, set up, haunted house roles, painting signs and more!

There is another volunteer meeting
 on Wednesday October 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fitzroy Community Centre.  

If you are interested in helping but cannot attend the meeting, please email Anna at or call 613-623-2197 or Kim at or call 613-304-2485.

Please see the flyer in the Community Service binder for more details. 


Spooktacular Halloween Event - Kanata Centrum Saturday October 27th

The Kanata Central BIA are holding a Free family event on Saturday October 27th from noon - 4 p.m.

Volunteers will be assisting with Spooktacular activities we have organized for our participants: colouring stations, dress the scarecrows, beanbag pumpkin toss, mystery boxes etc. 

Contact to volunteer is: email or text 613-513-3646

Flyer with details in the Community Service binder.

West Carleton Trunk or Treat Event Sunday October 28th 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Event will be held at the Kinburn Community Centre and proceeds will go towards the Dunrobin Tornado Disaster Fund. 

This is a family event where cars are parked in a circle, the parents open the trunks and provide candy/treats and the children Trick or Treat from car to car.
Volunteers are needed to help with: halloween games indoors, hot chocolate station etc. 

If interested, please contact Jennifer at: or
call 613-407-0834.   Facebook Messenger:

Flyer with details in the Community Service binder.


Constance Bay Community Markets 

Some of the tasks will be: set-up (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), tear down (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), welcoming & assisting visitors (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and staffing fundraising table (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Saturdays: December 1st.

Please use this link to apply to volunteer Community Markets.  Information is also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance. 


Sparks Taekwon-do Breast Cancer Event/Fundraiser Sunday October 28, 2018

Event will be held at Constance Bay Community Centre.  Hours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Duties may include: Setting up/tear down, helping with decorating, helping at water station, candy bar etc. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email: Pennylynn Woodruff at  by Friday October 19th, 2018.


Government Volunteer Opportunity 

The office of Member of Parliament, David Yurdiga, is looking for bright, self-motivated students to assist with various communications, policy and administrative tasks in the M.P.'s Parliamentary office.

Please contact Marisa Breeze, Executive Assistant

Phone; 613-992-1154
Address: Justice Building, Room 810, Ottawa Ontario

Details also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance 


City of Ottawa - Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata 

New volunteer opportunities this fall at the Richcraft Recreation Complex 

Special Events Volunteer Positions - Deadline to apply Wednesday October 3rd

Please contact Jordan Little @ if you have questions!


re-Cycle Community Bike Shop Volunteer Opportunity 

No bike repair experience needed!
   There are a few different roles for student volunteers.  The main ongoing task for us is overhauling the donated bikes, which range in condition from excellent to heavily used, and getting them ready for sale.  

If you are interested in bikes this would be a great way to complete your community service hours! Click this link re-Cycle Bike Shop to volunteer. Details also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance. 


Community Garden at the Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre - Butterflies and Vegetables 

Help is needed to maintain a community garden at the Carp EcoWellness Centre growing vegetables and to provide butterfly pollinators etc. 

If interested, please contact by email or call 613-839-1198


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


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: or call 613-839-0007.


ONGOING Community Service Opportunities

City of Ottawa

Please click HERE for the link to many volunteer opportunities!


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!


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:  – information also available in the Volunteer binder in Student Services.


Canadian Cancer Society


 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  - or call 613.836.7847


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

Corkery Community Association

Galetta Community Association

Kinburn Community Association

Dunrobin Community Association

Fitzroy Harbour Association

Huntley Community Association


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:


Canada Day in Kanata:

Canadian Ski Marathon:

​Canadian Cancer Society: ​


City of Ottawa:

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm:      

Hope Volleyball Summerfest:

Kanata Food Cupboard: http​s​://

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: 

National Capital Commission:

National Capital Race Marathon:

Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival:​

Ottawa Folk Festival:

Ottawa Food Bank:​​

Ottawa Fringe Festival: https://​

Ottawa Hospitals:

Snowsuit Fund:

Toy Mountain:

Volunteer Ottawa:


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