There are many ways to get involved in the community, either through social clubs, events, and volunteering opportunities. Here are just a few:
Join a Club
Rotary Club and Rotaract
Rotary is a service organization that supports local and international communities through projects that have a direct impact on community wellbeing.
The Comox Valley Rotaract Club is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young adults 18 to 30 years of age interested in giving back to their local and international community.
By fostering fellowship for business, professional and community leaders, both Rotary and Rotaract are recognized as vibrant organizations that thrive on the challenges of community and international projects. Their success comes from working in a fun and friendly atmosphere that is committed to service.
For more information: please visit Courtenay Rotary.
Or you can also connect through Facebook.
There are many other kinds of clubs you may be interested in. Come and talk to us in OGE and we may be able to get you connected to a community group that is right for you.
Engaging in sports is an excellent way to meet people and get involved in the community.
The best way to get involved in sports in the Comox Valley is to find out what is available through Comox Valley Sports and Social and through the Comox Valley Regional District’s Recreation Guide. You can also contact OGE for information about local sports teams.
Volunteering, or doing work without pay, is a part of Canadian culture. Most Canadians
do some kind of volunteer work every year. There are many kinds of volunteering
activities. Examples include: face painting at a kids' festival, ski patrol, walking
dogs at the SPCA, helping an environmental group manage a fish stream or helping
in a church kitchen that prepares food for poor people. Often, the Office of Global Engagement needs volunteers to
help with preparing marketing packages and planning activities for students.
Volunteering has many benefits:
- Make new friends
- Understand more about Canadian culture
- Develop new skills or practice skills learned at school
- Work on English if it is your second language
- Contribute to your community
How do I find a place to volunteer?
- Contact Volunteer Comox Valley www.volunteer.iscn.ca/ 250-334-8063
- Contact the Courtenay Recreation Centre - Volunteer Coordinator at 250-338-5371
- Volunteering Campbell River - www.volunteercr.ca/250-287-8111
- Look for ads in the local newspapers
- Ask your homestay family about volunteering
What will I have to do to get a volunteer job?
Normally you will be asked to complete an application form. They will ask for:
- Name, address and phone number
- What kind of volunteer work you want to do
- What experience and skills you have (attaching a resume to the application form
- You may be asked to meet with someone from the organization to discuss your interests,
skills and abilities. They will want to learn about you. This is a good chance for
you to learn about them too. Prepare and write down questions to bring with you
to the meeting.
- If you want to work with children, you will be asked to complete a Criminal Record
Check. To do this you complete a simple form and take it to the local RCMP station.
The police/RCMP will check their records to see if they have any information about
you having broken the law. You will be eligible to work with children if there is
no information on their file.
To explore volunteer opportunities in the Comox Valley and register on-line as a community volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Directory
at Volunteer Comox Valley. For more information, contact Valleylinks at 250-334-8063 and ask for Volunteer Comox Valley.