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:

Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival 

The Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival will take place February 7th, 8th and 9th at the community centre.  

For details about volunteering for the carnival, please contact Brittany at 613-601-8819.


Dunrobin's Outdoor Learn To Skate Program at the Dunrobin Community Centre

Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays & Thursdays from  4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ice Prep, Shoveling & Set up  AND 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. On Ice helpers & Tear Down,

Start Date is Thursday January 17th and End Date is when Mother Nature says so!

Contact Coach Rhonda to volunteer at 613-316-6247 or email


City of Ottawa - Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata 

Please contact Jordan Little @ if you have questions!

Volunteer opportunities at the Richcraft Recreation Complex 

Volunteer at Richcraft


Winterlude 2019 from February 1st - 18th, 2019 

Join the Winderlude team for a rewarding winter experience. There are many ways you can volunteer!

Please click this link Winterlude for the application form.  Deadline to submit your application is Saturday January 19th, 2109.  

Forms are also available in Guidance in the Community Service binder. 


Carp Agricultural Society 

Please send an email to if you are interested in volunteering for the Carp Agriculture Society for their upcoming events!


Music and Beyond's Youth Council 

This is open to all high school students. The Youth Council will participate in the following tasks:
Governance, marketing, programming, finance, volunteerism, event planning and productions etc. 

If you would like more information, please contact Taryn Mader, Young People's Coordinator at or call 613-241-0777  x 512.  Please reply by the end of November if interested. 

See flyer in Community Service binder in Guidance. 


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 


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. 


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.


Somersault Event Series

Winterman Marathon – Saturday/Sunday February 16/17, 2019

(Canada War Museum)


Saturday would be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Indoor – Registration

Outside – Site Set Up


Sunday would be from 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. (or whatever time you can spare)

Indoor – registration *come prepared to rotate outside positions after 8:30 am

Outside (rotating) – Course Marshals, Aid Stations, Finish Line


Volunteers will receive an event souvenir. 


Lunch is NOT provided due to the catering rights at the Museum and that we are technically not allowed food in the main registration area (There is a volunteer room nearby for lunch and breaks, as well as the Museum Cafeteria).  We encourage volunteers to bring food/drink to get them through their time with us or purchase food at the Museum Cafeteria.


Paid parking onsite Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday buses run near the Museum.  Sunday - suggest being picked up and dropped off at the Museum


Contact if interested in volunteer. 


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

The Kanata Food Cupboard is a non-profit charitable organization providing food assistance to Kanata individuals and families in need. 

Please use this link to volunteer Kanata Food Cupboard or email 


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:

Ottawa Volunteer Lounge:

Snowsuit Fund:

Toy Mountain:

Volunteer Ottawa:


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