Recreation, Community Services and Special Events


55+ Social Drop-in Program Host

Social Program Hosts are reliable and welcoming additions to Saanich Recreation Centres who help older adults enjoy regular social connections in a public space. Duties include preparing light refreshments and facilitating games, activities, and conversations.

Responsibilities:

  • Open and prepare the program room (make coffee/tea/snacks, set up games, put out attendance list and nametags)
  • Greet participants by name as they arrive
  • Facilitate new participants by:
    • Introducing them to ongoing participants
    • Asking them questions
    • Exploring the activities together
    • Inviting them to come back
  • Promote a welcoming environment by:
    • Connecting with all participants
    • Ensuring the space remains accessible and equitable to all participants
    • Relaying program feedback to staff
    • Directing questions you can’t answer to the right person (reception, program supervisor)
  • Close the program room (put away games/crafts, put refreshments back in cupboards/fridge/freezer, compost scraps, clean dishes by hand or load/turn on the dishwasher, wipe counters)

Qualifications:

  • 19 years old or older
  • Friendly, patient, and empathetic
  • Genuinely interested in interacting with older adults
  • Committed to creating a welcoming space for all cultural backgrounds, abilities, and genders
  • Able to work independently with limited on-site supervision
  • Proficient with spoken English (other language skills are an asset)
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and schedule:

This position requires a weekly commitment for a minimum of three months. Consistent attendance is required, however we can accommodate appointments and vacations with advance notice. We are recruiting volunteers for the following shifts:

  • Tuesdays from 12:30pm - 2:45pm at Gordon Head Recreation Centre
  • Wednesdays from 9:00am - 11:45am at G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre 

Working Conditions:  

This program occurs indoors. Volunteers will be in close proximity with others and will need to sit, stand, and move around during the program. This role may involve working independently or with another volunteer (staff is always available if needed).

Application Process:  

  • Create a volunteer profile online (5-10 minutes)
  • Participate in an informal interview
  • Complete a free Police Information Check and online Child/Vulnerable Persons training module
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Attend an onsite orientation

Questions? Contact:
Lindsay Mackas-Burns
Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film
volunteer@saanich.ca
250-475-5502