Seniors on the Bow Centre runs in partnership with Seniors on the Bow of Cochrane and Area Society and the Town of Cochrane. We rely heavily on the efforts of our volunteer teams. We currently have opportunities for volunteers of all ages.
All volunteers working with money or who have keys to SOTB will be required to obtain a criminal record check through the RCMP, including a vulnerable sector security clearance. This check is $10 for volunteers and will be reimbursed once the police check and receipt are submitted to the office staff. Find out how to get your criminal record check.
Reception: Reception volunteers work a 3 hour shift (9-12pm in the morning or 1-4pm in the afternoon) Monday to Friday. This position is administrative and customer service focused. You will be answering phone calls, taking messages, communicating the different programs available to guests, taking payments for programs, and assisting with memberships. There are other administrative duties as well. The reception volunteers do require a police check.
Host/Hostess:Host volunteers also work a 3 hour shift (9-12pm in the morning or 1-4pm in the afternoon) Monday to Friday. This position focusses on the service of coffee and treats to the members and guest visiting the centre. Hosts are responsible for the service and cleanup of the mugs, coffee, and cookies. A mini food safety certificate is a requirement of the host position.
**For both Reception and Host volunteers we ask that you schedule an appointment with Centre Staff for a short orientation to the position. You then shadow a veteran volunteer for one or two shifts before you would be scheduled on your own.
Special Event Volunteer: Special event volunteers assist with various events including the Fashion Shows, Hot Lunches, Speaker Series, Bake Sales, Election Forums ect. Events require assistance with Set Up and Clean Up. Bar Service, 50/50 Draw. If volunteers are assisting with cash in any way they will be required to get a police check. You do not have to assist with every event if you are on our special event volunteers list.
If you are interested in any of these positions please e-mail or call to set up an orientation appointment. Thank you so much for saying you would like to volunteer.
Volunteers usually shadow an existing team member until they are comfortable undertaking their roles on their own. A general orientation to the centre is also recommended. These are scheduled as needed.
Food Safety Course
A basic food safety training course is required by volunteers that may handle food or kitchen equipment as part of their position. You can take the course online through Alberta Health Services then print your certificate and bring it to Seniors on the Bow Centre. There are also live instructional courses available.
For more information on each opportunity or to get started, please contact our centre at 403-932-6002 or the seniors programmer at 403-851-2959.