Here at CLSA, volunteers are the heart of our organization. From smiling at our reception desks, to helping organize social and special events, to serving on our Board and various committees, we couldn't do it without them. Last year our generous and dedicated volunteers donated over 10, 000 hours of their time to us. We are incredibly grateful.
Being a diverse centre means there are a plethora of volunteer opportunities to choose from, depending on your interest, skills, and time commitment. Here is a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, list of CLSA's volunteer opportunities:
- Front Desk reception: answer phones, greet new and existing members, help provide membership, program information, and room keys to facility users, includes some cash handling.
-Fitness Desk reception: answer phones, greet Fitness Centre users and check fitness memberships, aid Fitness Centre monitors in cleaning/general maintenance, help provide Fitness Centre information, includes some cash handling.
-Facility Liaisons: welcome members into the facility, escort members to their classes, help provide centre schedule information, sell 50/50 raffle tickets, includes some cash handling.
- Data entry/office support: file management, membership data organization, general miscellaneous office tasks.
- Board Member: works closely with other board members and the Executive Director to organize and implement executive functioning of CLSA
- Committee member: works with other volunteers in a team to plan, organize, and carry out functions of the specific committee to which they join. Committee examples include - finance, fundraising, special events, clubs, volunteer management, and marketing and communications.
- Events: pre-planning events, event delivery, event execution, and/or post event activities, seasonal events, and casino or related activities. Specific roles may include event set-up and decoration, event hosting, ticket-taking, bar-tending, bar stock inventory pre/post- event.
Doug After earning a BSc in Mathematics I, like many in the sixties, spent several years ‘adventuring’ and seeing the world.
In 1968, finding work as a technical computer analyst started my career with the Alberta Government. The computer boom was on and a progression of technology related management positions followed. Thirty-seven years later, at retirement, in 2005, I was Executive Director responsible for province wide government telecommunications networks.
Retirement has allowed me to continue my passion for fitness and learning but has also provided time for much greater involvement in volunteering. Major volunteer activities since retirement have included:
City of Edmonton Archives (11.5 years)
Canadian Blood Services (11.5 years)
Hampton Village Condominium Board (5 years as president)
CLSA Fitness Centre (9 years – 2 days per week currently)
Extensive volunteering has been a wonderful experience.
The sense of fulfillment from helping others
The people experience and sense of community with those you work for, those you work with and those you help
The learning aspect; about the organizations and how they operate and, very importantly, from those you work with.
Volunteering at the CLSA, in particular, has added much to my life. I ventured into the newly renovated centre in 2008 not expecting much. The overall excitement of the various activities going on was wonderful to experience. Then, after one look at the marvelous new fitness centre, I was hooked. I haven’t been disappointed. The staff and fellow volunteers take pride in providing a friendly, clean facility where those using it feel at home. Many friends have been made!
Each day of volunteering gives you something to look forward to. A fellow volunteer told me of a Japanese word ikigai, which can be translated as "a reason for being”. Volunteering certainly does add meaning and enrichment to one’s life!
Want to meet new friends and make a difference? Join us as a volunteer today! See below for our volunteer application form.