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:

Canadian Blood Services Clinic at West Carleton Secondary School - Saturday March 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student volunteers are needed to help out during the clinic. Serving cookies and refreshments. 

NOTE: Please see Mr. Kicul or Ms. Kitchen if interested in volunteering.


Heritage Museums (City of Ottawa) Recruitment Activities in March and April

Students are invited to attended any or all of our Free On-Site Introductions to City-Operated Museums in the West End.  Meet museum staff, experience the site in person, and learn more about the role you play as a volunteer. 

Preregistration is required.  Please click this link to register Heritage Museums

DETAILS on dates and times are available in Guidance.


Kanata Central BIA 'Bunny Hop' Saturday March 31st from noon to 4 p.m.

supports the Children's Wish Foundation

Volunteers are needed on Saturday March 24th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to put out lawn signs around Kanata and Stittsville to advertise the event and pick up signs after the event. 

Saturday March 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. hand out 'Bunny Hop' sheets, assist participants, help with Easter activity etc. 

To volunteer, please contact Kristin by email or call 613-513-3646.  Also contact Joy at 

Details also available in the Community Service binder in Guidance. NOTE: Students can not drive a vehicle when volunteering. 


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


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


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


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

CN Cycle for CHEO - Sunday May 6th, 2018

Sign up and earn six volunteer hours while working with a partner. Register online with your friends at this link CN Cycle


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



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 - or call 613-402-5806


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

Check out some of the links below.  Not all opportunities on these websites fall under OCDSB Guidelines. Unsure?  Ask us in the Main Office or Guidance. 

Volunteer Ottawa


Ottawa Volunteer Lounge

Kanata Food Cupboard

Snowsuit Fund

Friends of the farm

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