Where Can Volunteering Take You?

Today’s blog post is contributed by Angela Vincent, a volunteer at the Victoria General Hospital. Angie’s story is a great example of how someone can discover their passion while volunteering! Read on…

Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Angie. I am a mother of two beautiful children: Keegan who is seven & Kenzie who is three! I would like to share a small story with you. It’s about my volunteer experience and where it has taken me – I think I should begin with how it all started.

Previously I worked in the retail industry for over eleven years. I enjoyed what I did but towards the end went through a difficult stage of feeling lost in life (a whole other story in itself :-)). I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do or how to do something about not knowing what to do… if you catch my drift. At the time I remember my mom saying to me, “Try volunteering at a hospital, it’ll be good for you”. I have to admit, I felt nervous even thinking about doing so. Up until that point I had not spent much time in a hospital environment; let alone done any volunteering!

With that said, I bit the bullet and went for it. Before I knew it, I was in a “meet & greet” with Petra Slaughter, the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources at the Victoria General Hospital (VGH). Petra immediately took my nervousness down a notch. I told her exactly how I felt and that it was time I tried new things. Petra’s support and encouragement (not just for me, but for the entire volunteer team), was noticeably infectious. She wanted me to find my right fit just as much as I was hoping to find it – and so it began, I started off in the Medical Imaging Department as an on-call volunteer.

While waiting for a more permanent position (the waitlist was quite extensive and still exists to this day), I began volunteering in the office area with Petra; more so to pass time. Now if there is one thing I quickly realized: what you expect something to be like isn’t always how it turns out (Petra told me this once)… and how true! I found I really enjoyed the office area. Since starting in June 2010, I have worked my way from general office duties to conducting intakes with new volunteers and have since started training volunteer team leaders to conduct intakes themselves.

My time in the office has given me a great deal of satisfaction. I have the opportunity of meeting a variety of self-giving people all with different backgrounds and stories to share. It has been and still continues to this day, a magnificent learning opportunity and has provided me with a valuable skill set that in my eyes was nonexistent before.

Soon after, I realized my passion was with people and it was Petra who suggested I consider a career in Human Resources. After some research and digging around, here I am – currently a full-time student at Camosun College enrolled in the Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management. I can honestly admit that my volunteer experience thus far, along with Petra’s mentorship, has given my life direction – who knows where I would find myself today if I chose not take my mom’s advice.

As I say to my son, ‘you are your own person’ – decisions are to be made; dreams are to be followed. Looking back… my time spent at VGH has been stepping stones to the big goal – a goal I never knew I had until volunteering! (Thanks Petra!)

National Volunteer Recognition Week “We Appreciate You!” Contest

It’s National Volunteer Recognition Week (April 15 – 21, 2012) and our chance to let those special volunteers in our lives know that “We Appreciate You!”.  All across Canada, all week long, volunteers will be celebrated and thanked in a myriad of different ways.

This year, Volunteer Victoria has partnered with Wells Gray Tours and CHEK TV to celebrate our local volunteers through the “We Appreciate You!” contest. Until April 20th you can nominate someone in our community for the great work they are doing. The winner will be announced on CHEK News at 5:00 p.m. on April 23rd and will receive the Wells Gray Vancouver Gardens & Gourmet 3 day All-Inclusive Tour – June 24-26.

Don’t miss this great new opportunity to show a deserving unsung hero how much they are appreciated! Nominate someone deserving today!







Did You Know? Over 180,000 local volunteers give 32 million hours of their time, talent and dedication to our community each year? That’s an average of 178 hours/each per year!

I know you’ll agree that we just couldn’t do what we do without them! Whether feeding the homeless, sitting on boards, coaching our youth, teaching a teen to read or driving seniors to appointments (and doing everything in between!) volunteers provide critical, caring support to people of all ages in our community. Thank you volunteers!

Here is a run-down of the activities we have planned this week. Tell us what your organization is doing to celebrate!

Stay tuned as we will be sharing some volunteer profiles with you this week as well. Thanks again to those members who submitted them! We hope you will keep them coming!

Here is what the week looks like…

Monday, April 16th – Tune in to KOOL Mornings with Robin and Brian on 107.3 KOOL FM at 10:15 a.m. to hear an on-air interview with our Youth Program Coordinator, Leanna Hill. Topics include: impact of youth volunteerism and trends as well as some of the interesting ways youth are helping to shape our vibrant community.

At 1:10 p.m., tune in to Dave Dickson‘s show on C-FAX 1070 AM and join Executive Director, Lisa Mort-Putland and Lori Elder Manager, Communications & Community Relations as they speak to such topics as the value/impact of our local volunteers and the importance of National Volunteer Week, as well as share up-to-date information regarding volunteering trends.

Wednesday, April 18th – Look for our full colour “Thank You Volunteers!” Co-op ad in the Black Press (in Victoria News, Saanich News, Oak Bay News, Goldstream News Gazette and Peninsula News Review). Also banner ads in the Victoria News Daily on April 17 & 19.

Then from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. get inspired while supporting our local youth! Join us for a thought-provoking screening of a documentary film at RRU called R/Evolution in support of our Youth Volunteer Connections Program (YVCP).  Admission by donation with all proceeds to Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Program. Suggested donation $5. Register to Attend In Person or through Live-Stream Web Video. A panel presentation will follow with the Exec. Producer of the film and local leaders. View the 8-minute trailer http://www.r-evolutionthemovie.com/thefilm.html

Friday, April 20th – Volunteer Victoria’s Executive Director, Lisa Mort-Putland will help ring in volunteer week celebrations with the MS Society at their volunteer celebration event.

**Don’t forget! Our “We Appreciate You!” volunteer contest ends with CHEK TV/Wells Gray Tours on April 20th! The winner will be announced on April 23rd on-air during CHEK TV’s 5 p.m. news.

Saturday, April 21st/Sunday, April 22 – Look for our full colour “Thank You Volunteers!” Co-op ad in the Times Colonist.

Volunteers Grow Community! On behalf of Volunteer Victoria’s board, staff and volunteers a sincere thank you to all volunteers for your passion, dedication, caring, and time. We truly do appreciate you! Each and every day of the year!


What Restorative Justice Means in Our Community

The following blog post was written by Graydon Leigh, a political science major at the University of Victoria. Graydon grew up in Port Coquitlam, BC and aspires to be a journalist. He is an avid hockey fan and is honoured to write about volunteerism in the Victoria community.

Before my interview with Gillian Lindquist, Program Coordinator for the Victoria Restorative Justice Society (VRJS), I knew little about the methodology behind restorative justice. Gillian told me that “the society provides meaningful and personal responses to crime and harmful behaviour”, but I think this short statement isn’t enough to explain the society’s work. It doesn’t begin to describe restorative justice’s social impact.

Justice begins in the community
Words often fail what they describe, and restorative justice is a prime example. The reason for this stems from the sense of closure and reconciliation provided to those who have used VRJS’s services. The process supports those affected by crime. Despite a tight budget and a heavy reliance on volunteerism, the organization succeeds in its goal. This goal – rebuilding the sense of community damaged by illegal activity – begins with the victim. Provided with the opportunity to employ VRJS’s restitution formula, these courageous individuals may choose to handle their difficult situation using the innovative program.

After consent from the victim, offender, family members, witnesses and anyone else affected by the offense is approved, participants engage in one of three tried and tested approaches, facilitated by volunteers:

  1. Community Justice Conferences
  2. Peacemaking Circles, or
  3. Victim-Offender Mediation 

VRJS’s mandate centres around community-based, participatory justice. Their philosophy is that regular members of the community can effectively resolve the conflicts that occur within their neighbourhoods instead of relying solely on the courts to resolve these issues.

These three methods operate around the sentiment that justice begins in the community. This principle helps differentiate the restorative justice movement from traditional applications of criminal justice. It is a new and constantly evolving formula.

The society deals with incidents from virtually every corner of the criminal spectrum. Last year VRJS dealt with many upper-tier crimes including twelve assaults, four B & Es, two arsons, and three DUIs. VRJS also dealt with lower-tier cases, as four cases of grade school bullying were handled by the society.

The difference between restorative and criminal justice
Case type is not the only disparity between restorative and criminal justice. Instead of punishing offenders, restorative justice favours restitution. The idea that crime is a violation of people and relationships – not exclusively the law and state – is central to the organization.

This helps distinguish restorative from criminal justice: the former acts to better the offender as a person, while the latter forces obedience. And, while the criminal justice system tends to marginalize victims, restorative justice brings them to the centre and empowers them to have a voice.

Restorative justice’s methodology has been proven to reduce repeat offending. The obligation offenders feel towards their victim following the restitution process is morally binding. This helps re-assimilate those who have committed a criminal offence into society. Restitution agreements achieved a 97% compliance rate among participating offenders in 2011. This percentage is unachievable without the positive contributions made by volunteer caseworkers.

Call for volunteers
If you have experience working as a mediator or counsellor VRJS could use your help.  The psychological aspect of the process makes this skillset needed. Victims may develop attachments to the trauma inducer. This event, called a trauma bond, is an intense need for the victim to achieve reconciliation. Doing so is proven to drastically improve the chances of retaining a healthy lifestyle. This occurrence fuels a driving force in caseworkers: the positive sense of community damaged by crime must be revived. Thus, the logic behind restitution agreements. These can involve victims working closely with offenders in service projects. The victim always has a large say in contract negotiations, and the empathy felt by offenders validates their cooperation. Caseworkers stimulate and nurture the sense of resonance developed in offenders toward their victims.

If you want to get involved with the society and contribute to VRJS, you are invited to go to www.vrjs.org and submit an application. A description of caseworker positions and what they entail can be found on their website.

Eyes on Craigdarroch Castle

The following is a guest blog post written and researched by one of Volunteer Victoria’s volunteer writers, Gwen Hill. Gwen is one of two Volunteer Victoria Media Copy Writers and she has been with us for just over a year. She says she “has been writing for pleasure and craft since she figured out how to hold a pen”.  Gwen maintains a blog on managing depression, which you can visit by clicking on this link.”  Enjoy!

It was first a lavish Victorian home. Then a military hospital. A college, a school board – And now, it’s Craigdarroch Castle.

From the day Robert Dunsmuir’s home – sadly, a home in which he was fated never to live – was begun in 1887, Craigdarroch Castle has been through incarnation after incarnation. The history of the Castle can be read on the Craigdarroch website, and it does make for fascinating reading – but nothing compares to the feel of walking through the doors of this particular piece of Canadian history.

From the moment you do so, you are surrounded by volunteers. A volunteer will welcome you to the castle. Another will be leading a tour group. Should you see a restoration project, you can bet there are volunteers working on it, and if you’re lucky enough to attend an event –  haunted houses and tea parties and dances, oh my! – you will be assisted and entertained by volunteers.

So what brings approximately 140,000 visitors to this paragon of architecture every year? Certainly, the castle itself. Absolutely, the history contained within. The volunteers who make every visit spectacular? No doubt about it.

I posed a few questions to these talented volunteers, and here’s what they had to say:

What inspired you to volunteer?  

“Volunteering time and experience is a good way of giving back to the community when you don’t have money to give!”  – Kathy H.

“In elementary school I went on one or two field trips to the castle and instantly loved the building.  I had a bit of time this past summer so I thought I’d volunteer and get to know the place better.”  – Elaine K.

“A love of history and my country and culture. The chance to share knowledge of that with Canadians.” – Jennifer H.

“I volunteered at Craigdarroch because I love the house and the history, and find it a fascinating place to be for one half day a week!!!” -Grant T.

What do you like about volunteering?

“Definitely meeting the visitors to this wonderful city/province and working with people of like minds, attitudes and willing to give of themselves.” – Kathy H

“What’s not to like? But I especially love having the privilege and opportunity to play the beautiful Steinway in the drawing room!” – Elaine K

“Freedom to decide what I do and when. It fits in with my life, yet I can give to something I believe in.” – Jennifer H.

“I’m an international student just coming here. I have some spare time but no friends or family around, so for a while, I really felt frustrated. Volunteering helped me out. Learning history and culture fulfills me. Wonderful co-workers make me laugh. Contributing to the community gives me confidence. Helping people, especially those from my homeland but not so good at English, makes my work even more meaningful.” – Wendi Z.

What’s your favourite aspect of volunteering at Craigdarroch Castle?

“Criagdarroch is fabulous in its history and the incredible saga of the Dunsmuir Family through several generations and the work in preserving it.”  – Kathy H

“Staff and other volunteers are all very nice.  Seeing the awe in tourists’ faces is great too! Going to the castle feels like coming home.” – Elaine K

“Educating visitors about my people, our history and how that fits into Canadian history.” – Jennifer H.

Learning lots about the history and the architectural details.” – Fran K.

 “Studying history and culture of Victorian Era, and tranferring them to visitors. The dynamic work circumstance and communication with people. And amazing partners!” – Wendi Z. 

As you can see, the volunteer opportunities at Craigdarroch are yielding an amazing environment of community and education. Why not see if there’s a volunteer spot fit just for you? Volunteer Victoria: Craigdarroch Castle

And don’t forget to check out the wonderful events going on at Craigdarroch in 2012!  Craigdarroch Castle Events

Strategic Volunteering for Job-Seekers

Over the years I’ve worked for Volunteer Victoria I’ve done many presentations on the topic of volunteering to adult groups. (My colleagues in the youth program make presentations to youth groups.) Lately, I find myself talking a lot – especially to people in career transition – about strategic volunteering.

While this may be a new term to some of you the concept isn’t that hard to grasp. Essentially it means that while volunteers are offering their time and talents for free to an agency that needs their help, they are in turn receiving something that is important to them. Since we know that people volunteer for all different reasons, the “important thing” they receive will be different for everyone. It’s the thing that motivates them to volunteer in the first place. For example, do you want to start volunteering to make connections in the community? Do you simply want a way to get out of the house and do something fun? Or do you want to build your resume and use or gain work-related experience by volunteering? It’s the latter concept that I talk a lot about when speaking to people searching for work.

On first blush many job-seekers may wonder why they should make time in their schedule to volunteer when they really are interesting in looking for paid work. But once job-seekers realize that many skills can be built  and enhanced through volunteer opportunities – and at less risk – they start to warm up to this idea. Volunteering strategically means doing the homework on yourself to figure out what it is that you want to get out of volunteering, and then going out and shopping around for volunteer opportunities that are going to help you get it. Our volunteer database is a great tool to search for something relevant to your job search, and if you don’t find something there you can start approaching agencies directly to pitch a relevant volunteer opportunity that you create for yourself. Yes, that is possible!

Remember, when volunteering strategically you’re in the driver’s seat. Be up front with the coordinator of volunteers at the particular agency you’re interested in about what you’re trying to do and for how long you think you can volunteer. It may take you some conversations and tries with a few different agencies to see how you can find a win-win situation for both you and the agency both (because of course, they still have a mission to accomplish), but the truer you stay to your strategic volunteering goal, the easier it will be to get yourself the kind of experience you need.

Once you start volunteering, don’t forget to put your volunteer experience on your resume, add it to your LinkedIn profile, and talk about it in your interviews. And if you want any more tips, or a presentation to your local adult groups about Strategic Volunteering, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Volunteer Victoria.

Good luck on volunteering for work experience and on your job search!



Volunteering as a family (and how to start in Victoria)

Do you volunteer as a family? Are you curious about how to involve your child in helping out, or giving back?

The post below originally appeared in the HandsOn Blog on March 15th 2011. It is a great intro to volunteering as a family, and they were generous in their permission for us to re-post for your reading pleasure!

If you are curious about where to start volunteering as a family in Victoria, read on to the bottom, or please share your experiences and insights through the comments!

9 Reasons to Volunteer as a Family

Posted by HandsOn Network

According to The Civic and Political Health of the Nation: A Generational Portrait, young people who are raised in homes that family members who volunteer are involved in civic and political activity from volunteering to campaigning for a cause. Adult volunteers in a home can inspire young people to volunteer either on their own or as part of group.

Volunteering as a family can show the younger members of the family the importance of being engaged in the community, and can have a number of benefits for the family.

  • volunteer, volunteering, family volunteeringFamily volunteering can bring the family closer together. Family volunteering provides a shared experience that can help to build and strengthen family bonds.
  • Values are strengthened by volunteering. Family volunteering gives parents the opportunity to model behavior that they are trying to instill in their children.
  • Volunteering as a family can provide self-satisfaction. When everyone in the family is working towards a common goal at their volunteer event, it can provide a sense of self–satisfaction to everyone involved.
  • Strength in numbers. When a family volunteers together, even the littlest hands can make big tasks easier. Families that volunteer together can get more done together than an individual working alone.
  • Benefits to youth. Youth who volunteer frequently can benefit from their family volunteer experiences when applying for jobs or college.
  • Children see another side of life. Children that volunteer outside of their home and neighborhood get to see a different part of life than they normally see.
  • Having a positive impact. Families that volunteer together get to see the positive impact that they have by volunteering when they reflect on their volunteer experience together.
  • Family volunteering is fun! Volunteering as a family can be a social experience and give everyone an experience that is outside of their day-to-day life of work and school.

There are a host of benefits that families who volunteer together gain from the experience. There are some costs to family, such as adding stress to family life, but in Family Volunteering: An Exploratory Study on the Impact of Families, only about 25% of families that volunteer agreed that volunteering makes their life more hectic. The benefits of volunteering as a family seem to outweigh the potential costs.

Volunteer opportunities in Victoria

Check out the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre for volunteering as a family. Or Selkirk Place, a senior’s residence. Want to connect with a family new to Victoria? Check out the VIRCS’ Family Friendship Program. Like being outdoors? Try Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society, or Woodwynn Farms.

The list goes on! Check out our database ,  or send us an email for more ideas. If you’re already volunteering as a family, let us know what you’ve been doing!

Connecting Volunteers

This article first appeared in Volunteer Victoria’s E-Link newsletter on August 26th, 2011. Sign up for E-Link and keep current with news and information from Volunteer Victoria.

The Ministry of Social Development recently announced additional funding for the Community Volunteer Supplement Program (CVS). The CVS program encourages people on income or disability assistance to volunteer by providing up to a $100 monthly supplement to offset volunteer expenses such as travel or clothing.

Applicants who were waitlisted on August 8th will have until October 31st, 2011 to submit a request for a CVS application – and all eligible applicants (an estimated 13,000 across the province) will be able to participate in the program.
New applicants are stepping forward at an exciting pace to explore their volunteer options and offer local non-profit agencies skills, experience, and commitment, and they are asking questions about their status and eligibility in the CVS program.

So, in addition to helping applicants find meaningful volunteer placements, volunteer coordinators may need to redirect potential CVS volunteers to the Ministry website at http://www.gov.bc.ca/meia/online_resource/

Results of our Family Volunteering Survey

Over the past year we have identified an increasing level of community interest in family volunteering (adults and children together). This has come from families, employee groups, the media and others.

As one of VV’s roles is to identify emerging trends in volunteerism, we recently surveyed our 296 member agencies to learn more about family volunteering options.

We wanted to determine how many of our agencies currently engage families as volunteers, as well as identify agency capacity for engagement, perceived barriers, current practices / experience around family volunteering and interest in sharing learnings or learning more about family volunteering.

From the 78 agencies that responded to this survey we learned that:

46.6% (34 agencies) have volunteer opportunities that are open to families

Of those agencies that currently offer family volunteer opportunities, 26.3% (10 agencies) have no minimum age and close to 60% (22 agencies) have a minimum age of 10+ years.

Of those agencies that currently involve families as volunteers, 25% (10 agencies) have had 1 or less families volunteer over the past year, 37.5% (15 agencies) have had 2-5 families, 15% (6 agencies) have had 6 -10 families and 22.5% (9 agencies) have had more than 15 families.

34% (14 agencies) of the agencies who currently engage families are willing to share their experiences. For example, on a panel discussion around family volunteering.

66.7% (38 agencies) of those who do not currently engage volunteers would be interested in learning more about family volunteering.

63.8% (44 agencies) of those surveyed indicated that current volunteer positions might be adapted to provide opportunities for families.

The primary reasons that agencies gave for not including families as volunteers focused on timing – volunteer opportunities are on weekdays; nature of the agency’s work – vulnerable or at risk populations; safety, supervision and liability issues; and capacity – space, time investment and staff availability.

Some agencies, however, noted that they simply hadn’t thought of family volunteering.

Based on these findings, it appears there is both potential interest and available expertise to offer a panel session on family volunteering. We have also identified family volunteering as one of our target areas for volunteer engagement in the coming year. Stay tuned!

Volunteering with Benefits!

UnitedNow, a council of twenty-somethings volunteering with the United Way of Greater Victoria, works to raise awareness and develop understanding of key issues that impact individuals and families living throughout the Capital Regional District.

Their most recent endeavour, with the support of Volunteer Victoria, touches on volunteerism, getting connected and having fun – all in one evening! Volunteering with Benefits offers attendees the opportunity to bid on auction items with volunteer hours rather than dollars. Last year, 290 volunteer hours were raised, and the event was sold out!

This year, auction items range from lunch with a CEO to some great gift certificates. Smaller auction items will be available for those who might want to initiate their volunteering experiences with shorter commitments. UnitedNOW will showcase their “Day of Caring” events and guest agencies will be at the event to give those interested an idea of what kind of volunteer opportunities are available – Haliburton Farm, Help Fill a Dream Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and of course, Volunteer Victoria!

Volunteering with Benefits will be held on Friday, April 15th from 7-10pm at the Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel, and tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased through Leanna at Volunteer Victoria leanna@volunteervictoria.bc.ca, or through United Way at 250-220-7359 or unitednow@uwgv.ca

Eyes on Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre


The following is a guest blog post written and researched by one of Volunteer Victoria’s newest volunteer writers, Gwen Hill. Gwen is one of two Volunteer Victoria Media Copy Writers and she joined us in early 2011. She says she “has been writing for pleasure and craft since she figured out how to hold a pen”.  Enjoy!

To check out available volunteer opportunities with the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, you can search their listings on Volunteer Victoria’s website:  http://ow.ly/46056.

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre opened its doors on June 20th, 2009, merging the resources and exhibits of the  Marine Ecology Centre from Sidney/Cowichan Bay, with those of the Sidney Marine Mammal Museum.

How many times have you poked a sea anemone?

If you’ve lived in British Columbia for more than a month, the odds are good that your answer is: ‘More than once’.  At the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, you can combine the excitement of the ocean and all its inhabitants with the pleasure of learning their names, where they come from, and how they reproduce.

You enter the Centre through a large sliding porthole, which transports you – shaking and bubbling all the way – to the bottom of the ocean floor. (This is an illusion. Take deep breaths.) When you step out, you are greeted by the friendly, smiling face of a volunteer – or ‘Oceaneers’, as they are known.  After a brief explanation of what you’re about to see, you may wander to your heart’s content, and ask questions of anyone in a green vest. Lighted screens give information and surprising little factoids.  Did you know there were near-albino sea cucumbers?  Would you like to see one?  I know just the place!

“Our Oceaneers really are the heart and soul and very much the personality
of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. They are what brings the experience
alive for our visitors, and we see them as absolutely fundamental.
The range of experience and backgrounds that they bring, be they age 11 or 81,
makes our volunteers a core part of our identity.”

-Angus Matthews, Executive Director

If you were to volunteer, you would have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about each creature inhabiting the many tanks and displays. Whether your interests lie in creating programs for school groups, designing interactive displays, or helping a child pick up their very first starfish, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre has something for you.

Hayley and Joelle at the touch tank.

Volunteers can gain work experience while chatting with patrons in the gift shop, which shares its space with a suspended, full-scale skeleton of a killer whale.

Throughout the Discovery Centre you will find volunteers chatting with families, running school programs, designing new and exciting interactive displays, and teaching the proper way to poke an anemone. (Gently; with just your baby finger!)  Each volunteer attends a minimum of three training sessions per year, in which they learn about everything from Sea Cucumbers to Octopi.

To volunteer at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, you are asked to commit to 60 hours per year.  That’s just an average 1hr and 15mins flexible a week, though of course, you may want to do more! You will also be offered the chance to attend as many Marine Education training sessions as you like above and beyond the minimum of three per year. There is so much to do and see and so many ways to make a difference!

To learn more about the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, visit their website at http://www.oceandiscovery.ca/ or just drop by!  More information about volunteering is provided at: http://www.oceandiscovery.ca/volunteer.

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