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:

Saint Gabriel's Roast Beef Dinner Saturday September 15th - Student Volunteers Needed!  Tasks will be:

Set-up at 3:30 p.m.
Clearing dinner tables and resetting dinner tables
Helping out in the kitchen
Clean-up at the end of the dinner from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Event will be held at Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Centre 262 Len Purcell Drive.

If you are interested, please contact Martine at 


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: July 21st, August 18th, September 15th, October 6th
and December 1st.

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


St. Paul's United Church in Carp Day Camp July 30 - August 3, 2018 
Camp for children ages 4 - 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students needed to help with: playing games, helping with crafts and supervising children around small animals. Students would need to be comfortable around animals. 

There will adults in charge of the program. NOTEA police check is required.
Please apply by June 21st if interested.

Rev. Debbie Roi at 613-839-2155 or by email OR


contact Ann Griffith at 613-831-1328 or by email


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

See flyer in Guidance - Community Service Binder



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


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

See more details in the Community Service Binder in Guidance.


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 or call 613-852-9707


Leadership Camps in Kanata - City of Ottawa

Working with young children & gaining experience. This week long program also includes volunteer opportunities. 

If you are interested, please click this link Summer Programs.


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

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 or call 613-277-4062


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


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 or
call 613-560-7149.


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.

3929 Carp Road, 10 minutes past the Canadian Tire Centre

Details also available in the Volunteer Binder in Guidance.


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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