Thank You so Much
…for volunteering to help with this year’s Rotary Canada Day in the Park at Riverside Park. It takes many volunteers to make this wonderful event happen each year, and we greatly appreciate you giving up part of your Canada Day for a good cause. Many charities will benefit from monies raised at this event, and the people in our city always enjoy this excellent celebration. Rotary Canada Day truly represents Guelph community service at its best.
Most volunteers are needed on Canada Day itself, July 1st. On this day, over 30,000 people are expected to visit the park and almost 300 volunteer shifts need to be filled.
- Volunteer shifts that require “standing or walking about” are mostly two hours long.
- Volunteer shifts that mainly involve “sitting on a chair” are mostly three hours long.
Many volunteers sign up for more than one shift or activity overall, and this helps a lot.
There are several different tasks for Canada Day volunteers, and basic training is provided for each of the tasks, including:
- COLLECTING DONATIONS: Welcoming visitors and collecting their donations at the gates
- WATER WAGON HELP: Helping park visitors fill their water bottles at the City’s Water Wagon parked on-site
- MOVING CHAIRS: Before and after the Citizenship Ceremony, chairs have to be moved from one area to another
- FIREWORKS CLEARANCE ZONE: Keeping the public away from the fireworks launch zone.
- SELLING 50/50 TICKETS: These tickets will be sold at three locations in the park.
- SELLING GLOW STICKS: As dusk falls, volunteers walk through the park selling glow sticks.
- HELPING IN THE SENIORS’ TENT: Helping with fun games and more.
- ASSISTING AT THE REEFER TRUCK: Volunteers ensure that the doors of the large refrigeration truck are kept closed as much as possible to keep the food vendors’ supplies cold and fresh throughout the day.
- SHELTERBOX TENT: Standing by the international emergency aid display tent to hand out pamphlets and answer questions.
- HELPING WITH PARK CLEANUP: Helping the Scouts to control garbage in the park
In addition to the main event on Friday, July 1st, we also need a few volunteers to help with park set-up on Thursday, June 30th, the day before Canada Day, and a few volunteers to help with the final park clean-up on July 2nd.
Volunteer Sign-up Before Canada Day
All volunteers must register in advance of Canada Day, so shifts can be assigned and confirmed in good time. Please register:
Volunteers will receive initial acknowledgement noting receipt of their registration, and further confirmation when they have been assigned to a shift. In the week before Canada Day, a FINAL VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE will be sent out to all volunteers by email, confirming all details. Queries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Check-in and Check-out at the Park
Check-in before the start of your shift
All volunteers must check-in 15 minutes before the start of their shift at the INFORMATION TENT located at the end of Marilyn Drive, near the carousel. This check-in is very important because each volunteer must:
- Sign a form stating they have read the CANADA DAY SAFETY PLAN (which will also be emailed to them in advance)
- Receive instructions on where to go and what to do in their volunteer shift
- Receive a volunteer T-shirt and any other items needed for their shift
- Check-out at the end of your shift
Please stop by the Information Tent again at the end of your shift to let us know how things went. And if a volunteer is willing and able to do another shift or part of a shift, we can always find something useful for you to do!
General Instructions for Volunteers
- Dress for the weather. This is a “rain or shine” event. Check the weather forecast for the day. You may want to dress in layers, bring a hat, bug spray, umbrella, rain coat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, etc. (Water bottles can be filled for free at the Guelph Water Wagon which will be on-site.) And wear comfortable shoes!
- Parking. There are limited parking spaces available in Riverside Park, and these spots fill up quickly. If you miss one of these parking spots, you could try parking at Luisa’s Draperies, the Beer Store, Walmart, or Canadian Tire on Woodlawn.
- Buses on Canada Day. Guelph Transit will be running their normal bus routes on Canada Day on an hourly schedule. In addition, special shuttle buses will offer free transport away from the park after the fireworks at about 10pm. These shuttle buses will depart from Woodlawn Road.
Thank you, again, for volunteering and supporting the spirit of Guelph and Rotary!
2016 Rotary Canada Day Volunteer Coordinator
Alan Jarvis – Rotary Club of Guelph