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OCDSB Google Form to Submit Community Involvement Hours  

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Modifications to 2021-2022 Community Involvement Hours Graduation Requirements (due to Covid-19)

For the 2021-22 school year, the ministry is revising the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.

For students graduating in the 2021-22 school year

The community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year.

For ALL students earning hours in the 2021-2022 school year

Please visit the OCDSB website for full details.

Students are encouraged to consider virtual volunteering. There are a number of organizations that provide virtual volunteer opportunities for students. Some of these volunteer opportunities can be found through agencies such as Spark Ontario.

The following list provides some examples of flexible ways students could earn community involvement hours in keeping with the purpose of the policy, which is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities, including:

  • Providing tutoring and mentorship supports through:
    • Virtual tutoring to help students with reading, communication and/or other skills
    • Teaching online music or dance lessons
    • Hosting art classes for younger students
    • Assisting siblings and/or younger students with online learning and schoolwork
  • Connecting with and supporting seniors by:
    • Conversing with seniors virtually, for example, acting as technology mentors or providing a regular check-in to address isolation and build cross-generational friendships
    • Joining or creating a letter-writing campaign to seniors
    • Delivering groceries to elderly/immunocompromised neighbours
  • Supports for families, neighbourhoods and community initiatives:
    • Supporting a family by walking a younger child to and from school
    • Participating in donation pick-ups for not-for-profit organizations
    • Coordinating a donation event with a local organization such as a shelter
    • Facilitating discussions with newcomer youth or families to help them learn about their new community
    • Sewing masks to donate to social agencies
    • Shoveling snow and/or performing yard work for a family or neighbour’s family due to extenuating circumstances
    • Taking part in neighbourhood litter-pick-up hour
  • Utilizing social media to connect with their community by:
    • Organizing a virtual reading or math activity for their feeder elementary schools
    • Creating a transition support video for Grade 8 students
    • Doing a musical performance that could provide entertainment for seniors
    • Encouraging people to donate through various social media platforms to food banks or other not-for-profit organizations
    • Creating a flyer for promotion on social media for a local cause

Community Involvement hours must fall into one of these categories:        

  • Not-for-profit: includes voluntary activities for any not-for-profit institution or foundation that would not displace a paid worker. 
  • For-profit: includes voluntary activities that are charitable-based for any business or organization that would not displace a paid worker. If volunteers are enhancing a product/service being sold/provided by a for-profit business designed to make it more attractive and/or a better experience for clients, then it is not in keeping with the spirit of community service and would not be an approved activity.
  • Other: community support that you feel warrants consideration.  In this case, please submit a brief written summary that explains how this experience meets the spirit and expectations of Community Involvement as identified above.

If students are considering any of the activities that would fall into the second or third category above, approval by the principal or a designate at your high school is required.

Note:  Incoming grade 9 students can begin earning community service hours in the summer between grade 8 and grade 9. However, if you choose to do this it is important you carefully select an activity that would be approved.

There are several activities that are not permitted and would not meet the criteria for Community Involvement Hours. Some but not all are:

> Involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools or the use of scaffolding
> Involves the administration of any form of medication or medical procedures to other persons
> Requires knowledge of a trades person (i.e. electrician)
> Involves banking, securities or other valuables
> OCDSB has deemed door-to-door canvassing is not an eligible activity for community involvement ** (see sheet for certain circumstances) 

At West Carleton some students participate in the following Community Service Activities to earn Community Involvement Hours:

  • Service to non-profit schools, religious or cultural institutions and programs
  • Events organized through local community associations such as Canada Day festivities, BBQs, community cleanups, etc
  • 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.

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.

Community Involvement Opportunities below

(Please note: * Not all opportunities fall under OCDSB Guidelines. Unsure? Ask :)

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

After two years  of virtual events, we are excited to announce the return of the in-person Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (May 28-29). As part of our involvement with the weekend through our Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Run for Reason program, we are looking for volunteers to help make this weekend one to remember.

Part of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, Run for a Reason  brings together teams running and walking in support of The Ottawa Hospital. We’re looking for volunteers to help out at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation water station along the Race Weekend route.


·        Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022

·        Time: 2:00 pm-9pm

·        Location: Water station at Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Park Avenue

·        What you’ll be doing: Handing water out to participants as they complete the 2km, 5km and 10km races

·        All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt and baseball cap


Interested in helping out?  Please email us at [email protected]   and include your T-shirt size, emergency contact and phone number.


We hope to see you on May 28th!

Royal City Soccer Club

A non profit organization looking for volunteers to assist with summer camps! Please see attachment for full details. 

RCSC volunteer & cit poster 2022-ottawa.pdf

ExerFarm and Deep Roots Food Hub
Are you looking for an opportunity to learn from local farmers about the connection between regenerative agriculture, sustainable food systems and health? Maybe your looking to reduce your stress and anxiety while combating climate change! If so, you can check out the attachment below with all of the information you need to know about this amazing volunteer opportunity! Application/Information

Latin American Film Festival May 5-13

Our next festival is the Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) from May 5-13, where we will be showcasing feature films from different Latin American countries. These screenings will take place at the Ottawa Art Gallery. We are always looking for more volunteers and I was wondering if it would be possible to pass this opportunity onto your students interested in acquiring more volunteer hours? Volunteers need to be 15 years of age or older.

If any students are interested they can email [email protected] for more information. LAFF volunteers will also receive a free ticket for each 2 hour shift in order to enjoy the festival!

Community Help 

Helping a disabled elderly person with household tasks.

Location: Dunrobin Area (Greenland Rd.)

If interested please ask Student Services for more information.

This spring OSTA is looking for student volunteers to assist with telephone duties in April. Evenings and weekends are available! 
If you are interested please visit this website for further details. 

Student Volunteers NeededTake a pic

English Learning Buddy Program

The Problem:
Girls from low income families in India aspire to speak English but do not have anyone within their families to practice speaking English. 

How it Works:
Students sign up to be an English Learning Buddy through our Google Form below
Expected Time Commitment: 30 minutes per week for 10 weeks
Buddies will be matched with a girl from a low income family in India
Buddies and students connect once a week via Zoom meetings 
Weekly Meeting Schedule: Sunday 9:30 am to 10 am EST

Students in India read from an English children's book while Buddies provide constructive feedback on pronunciation 
At the end of the 10 week program, Buddies receive volunteer service hours.
Please note that this volunteer opportunity is limited to girls in Grade 7 to 12. 
Students may sign up via the Google Form below:
English Learning Buddy Sign-up Form 

The Kanata Dragons are looking for summer volunteers to work with our special needs children. Each special needs child is paired with a volunteer. Volunteers will help provide support and direction to their athlete while enjoying the game of soccer.
Our program details are as follows:
        Mondays – Under 6/7
        Tuesdays – Under 3, Under 4/5, Under 8/9
        Wednesdays - Under 3, Under 4/5, Under 10/11
All of our programs are held at soccer fields located in Kanata North and volunteers would be required to attend from 6pm to 7pm. Our season starts the week of May 23rd and runs for 10 weeks.
All interested volunteers should contact [email protected]

The Intergenerational Dementia Companions Program

High school students have the opportunity to provide meaningful social interactions to people living with dementia and restful breaks to their caregivers.

This program can be more than just volunteer hours or a co-op experience: You can make a real difference!

         How to become a Dementia Companion:

  • Get matched with a healthcare organization 
  • Get interviewed to be selected 
  • Once selected complete certified 8 hours of online training


The Champlain Dementia Network represents all healthcare organizations supporting people living with dementia and their families across the region. Membership includes researchers, senior decision- makers, and family caregivers. The Intergenerational Project incorporates training and certification of high school students in the companionship role, matching them with people living with dementia in a variety of settings, and providing ongoing support to these matches. This initiative is being evaluated and documented with the broader goal of spreading this certification and matching approach across the province.
See the website for more information -
Twitter: @ReThinkDmentia  
Instagram: rethink_dementia

Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective

Looking for Rural youth ages 12-24 with lived mental health experience to join their youth advisory council! Be part of the solution to the current mental health crisis in your community and collect volunteer hours at the same time! Please see the attachment below for full details, or visit their website
Community involvement poster

icontribute Application:
Check out this new app "icontribute" to help student make a meaningful contribution to their community! Please visit the website link below for full details!
icontribute app

Canadian Blood Services

The information below was shared with us by the mother of Hillary McKibbin, a young person in our community who has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and who needs a bone marrow transplant as a life-saving treatment.  

Grade 12 students can earn up to 10 hours of Community Involvement as part of their graduation requirements, while also possibly saving a life. This activity conforms to the guiding principles outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Education's PPM124a, and can be completed from the safety of home, during the current provincial stay-at-home order. 

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is a well-established community sponsor who has historically involved students in various pre-approved activities, such as blood donation. This year, due to tremendous need, CBS is offering activities related to joining the Canadian Stem Cell Registry. 
Students Saving Lives Community Service 2021.pdf

A retired senior with rheumatoid arthritis, requires assistance over the winter months putting out the garbage bins (Sunday night). One hour per week.
If anyone might be interested/available, please contact - Pamela Thomson at [email protected]

Bulletin Board & Announcements

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


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