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City of Surrey - Adult and Senior Services

Adult/55+ Recreation Activity Assistant

Working with and supported by recreation center staff, volunteers are involved in facilitating Adult/55+ activities, special events or food services. Volunteers contribute to the overall health and wellness of participants and the community.

English Conversation Program

Image The English Conversation Program offers a positive and welcoming environment for people from diverse culture and background to practice English and meet others in the community. With the support from the Diversity and Inclusion staff team, volunteers design program materials and facilitate learning and interactions.

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City of Surrey - Age Friendly

Age Friendly Event Assistant

Make a positive impact in your community by volunteering at an upcoming Age Friendly event. Assist staff at various events throughout the year, including the 55+ Forums and other special events. Meet new people and gain volunteer experience by volunteering as an Age Friendly Event Assistant.

Connecting Generations

Explore intergenerational and intercultural volunteer opportunities within Connecting Generations programming. Connecting Generation Projects are a city-wide initiative, inviting seniors and youth throughout Surrey to participate in meaningful initiatives.
Engage in dialogue and explore differences and similarities between seniors and youth by socializing and learning new skills. Enhance connections and relationships in your community by volunteering today!

WALKit Activity Program

Take part in volunteer opportunities with the WALKit Activity Program. The WALKit Activity Program is a weekly walking group that walks in a different location each Wednesday.  We use the WALKit Web-Based Map to plan out Age Friendly and Pedestrian friendly routes.  Learn more about the different Town Centres throughout the City of Surrey, meet new people, and get some exercise! 

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City of Surrey - Aquatics

Public Swim Assistant

The City of Surrey welcomes citizens interested in volunteering their time, expertise and creativity. This is a great opportunity for individuals to engage with their community during public swims. Volunteers will be promoting safe aquatic activities while having fun! Invest in your community and gain skills, knowledge and experience working with a great team of people! 

Swim Instructor Assistant

Expand your experience in Learn to Swim lessons by being partnered with a City of Surrey instructor! Have fun promoting water safety and skills with our participants. Help lead activities and stroke correction with the instructor in the class.

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City of Surrey - Arts - Surrey Art Gallery


Do you find art captivating? Why not try something new! Volunteering at Surrey Art Gallery is a great way to have fun, learn about art, and make friends in the process.

Docents (Tour Guides)

Lead tours of the Gallery's exhibitions to school children and community groups as a Docent. You'll use hands-on activities and questioning techniques in tours, helping students enhance their visual literacy and critical thinking skills as they respond to the artworks. We train our volunteer docents throughout the school year. In docent training, you'll attend tours and talks by curators, exhibiting artists, education staff, and guest speakers.

Gallery Event Volunteers

Work with the public and assist at events like exhibition openings and artist talks as a Gallery Event Volunteer. You'll help the public interact with artists and engage with contemporary art and ideas. You'll also assist activities at Family Sundays where you'll help families explore, enjoy, and create art together.

Children's Art Program Assistants

Share your passion for art with eager young minds! Help out with children's art classes and week-long art day camps as a CAPA where you'll develop leadership skills, organize studios, work with children, and assist the instructor.

Youth Docents (Gallery Educators)

Discover contemporary art and ideas, develop public speaking skills, and gain leadership experience. Become a Youth Docent and enhance exhibitions through activities that are equal parts fun and educational.

Library Volunteers

Do you have training as a library technician or librarian? We could use your help and expertise with accessioning and cataloging in the Gallery's research collection. 

How to Apply:

  • Complete an online profile for the Surrey Art Gallery at app.betterimpact.com
  • Upload 2 written references to your online profile
  • Once you've uploaded your references, arrange for an interview with our Volunteer Program Coordinator: artsvolunteer@surrey.ca
  • After the interview, you may be asked to provide a Police Information Check. Should this be the case, we will provide you with the forms you will need to complete and have processed by the RCMP. 

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Gallery!



Surrey Art Gallery Children's Art Program Assistants

Surrey Art Gallery Docent Program

Surrey Art Gallery Events

Surrey Art Gallery Youth Docents

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City of Surrey - City-Wide Special Events

City-Wide Special Events

Event volunteers assist our events team with the preparation and execution of programming at our major events throughout the year.

City Wide Special Events include: Party for the Planet, SPARK, Surrey Canada DayFusion FestivalTree Lighting Festival

Community Events

vent volunteers assist our community events team with the preparation and execution of programming at various community events throughout the year.

Community events include: Fleetwood Festival, South Surrey Festival, Family Day, Halloween, Breakfast with Santa and many more!

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City of Surrey - Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services volunteers work at Reception Centres and provide referral services such as shelter, food, clothing, comfort and support. You will receive an orientation, free ongoing training and have the opportunity to take part in practice drills. Under the provincial program, volunteers have Worksafe BC and personal liability coverage if they are registered as a provincial volunteer and are responding on behalf of ESS. This is an on-call position.

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City of Surrey - Fire Service

Interested in volunteering with Surrey Fire Service and the Surrey Emergency Program? 

It's easy! Only one application is necessary.


Below you can read about Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Support Services Level 1 (ESS 1), and HomeSafe. Learn about the opportunities available to you as a volunteer!


Once you fill in an application, you will receive a reply email that outlines the steps to volunteer. When you have completed the process, you can see all the opportunities. And for ESS 1 you just need to email us and we will guide you through the steps.


Thank you for your interest!





City of Surrey - Fire Services

Volunteers who donate their time to the Surrey Fire Service participate in opportunities designed to reduce community risk by delivering life safety messages. Our goal is to educate the public and support their ability to be resilient by knowing more about their risks and what they can do to protect themselves, their family, and their neighbours.

Emergency Preparedness (Ages 18+)

Emergency Preparedness

When large disasters occur, the public needs to be prepared and become self-sufficient during the time it takes government and community services to become operational.  Depending on the disaster, services have the potential to be impacted from a few hours to months such as in the event of an earthquake.  Volunteers can educate the public on how to prepare themselves and their families during festivals at booths or through presentations.

These events run at any time of year when there is a festival or large gathering or when a member of the public requests a presentation.

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Emergency Support Services Level 1 (Ages 18+)

This is a program that provides short-term basic support to people who have been displaced from the home due to a disaster.  For level 1, this often occurs during events such as house fires where the resident does not have insurance to cover their losses.  ESS provides 3 days of support in the form of housing, food and clothing.  Volunteers respond any time of day or night when the event occurs to help people in their worst hour.

These events run at any time of year and any time of day or night when an event occurs that evacuates approximately 1-12 people from their place of residence.

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HomeSafe (Ages 18+)

The HomeSafe program reduces public risk of becoming injured in a house fire by educating the public on the importance of having a working smoke alarm.  Working smoke alarms have been proven to save lives but are often disconnected or eventually stop working.  Volunteers conducting HomeSafe go door to door to remind residents to check the working condition of existing smoke alarms. This program began in 2009 and has been proven to reduce the number of house fires and save lives.

This event runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturdays from 12:30-3:30.

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City of Surrey - Friends of the Forest

Nature Work Parties (All ages)


Join others in caring for Surrey's unique urban forest by removing invasive plants and litter from our parks. Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools and training provided.

There are usually 2-4 activities per month throughout the year. 

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Surrey Nature Centre Day Camp Assistant (14+)

Recruitment for this role has ended for 2023. Please check back next year for future opportunities. 

Do you enjoy interacting with children? Could you inspire them to love nature? Help Day Camp Leaders with nature games, crafts, outings and other activities at the Surrey Nature Centre.

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Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) (Ages 13-18)


Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) is a platform for youth to take action on environmental issues. We restore and enhance our urban forest, advocate for our environment at community events, and grow a community of young leaders who care for nature.

There are usually 2-4 activities per month throughout the year.

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Urban Forestry Leader (Ages 18+)

Urban Forestry Leaders lead other volunteers in hands-on park and tree stewardship projects, and host nature activities at environmental events around Surrey. Recruitment is currently on hold. 

Receive training in urban ecology, plant identification, ecological restoration, nature interpretation and group instruction and supervision.

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Please note, in order to participate in this activity, you may be required to obtain a new Police Information Check. Further information will be provided. 

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City of Surrey - Heritage Services

Ambassador Volunteer at Museum of Surrey

Want to be part of something BIG? MoS Ambassadors will roam the museum galleries making visitors feel welcome and supported.

Education Assistant at Historic Stewart Farm

Step back in time and volunteer at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey.  As a person who loves children, you will enhance the delivery programs to classes who visit the heritage site on field trips. 

Education Volunteer at Museum of Surrey

Want to be part of something BIG? School Program volunteers give class tours and deliver pre-written programs to elementary school-aged children.

Garden Volunteer at Historic Stewart Farm

Attention green thumbs!  A secret garden circa 1900 awaits at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey! As a person who appreciates organic growing and seed preservation, you will help tend the heirloom gardens which have plants that Mrs. Stewart herself could have planted. 

Heritage Activity Assistant at Historic Stewart Farm

Step back in time and volunteer at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey.  Have fun while learning about leadership, team work and local history.

House Ambassador at Historic Stewart Farm

Step back in time and volunteer at Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey.  As a person with good communication skills, you will guide brief tours of the farmhouse and share local history with members of the public.

Junior Docent at Museum of Surrey

Want to be part of something BIG? The new Museum of Surrey is opening in Fall 2018 with youth opportunities that will brighten your resume and make you laugh all at the same time. Really, Junior Docent is a fancy term for hardworking youth who bring vibrancy to a number of museum needs.

Textiles Volunteer at Museum of Surrey

Love textiles?  Get woven up in the amazing Textile Centre at the new Museum of Surrey.  Help deliver hands-on programs and give demonstrations for visitors of all ages.

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City of Surrey - Partners in Parks

Community Event Assistants (Ages 16+)

Child smiling at lights in tree

Event Assistant volunteers help in the preparation and execution of programming during Parks events throughout the year. Spend time outdoors, learn new skills, and meet new people!

Please note, in order to participate in this activity, you may be required to obtain a new Police Information Check. Further information will be provided.

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Garden Work Parties (Ages 16+)

Join our Head Gardeners in the care and maintenance of Surrey's beautiful feature gardens. Learn various skills including pruning, weeding, labelling, and more! Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools and training provided.

Garden Work Parties generally take place twice a month.

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City of Surrey - SPIRIT

The Support Participation and Inclusion: Reach-out, Involve, and Transform (SPIRIT) Volunteer Program aims to:

Increase involvement and access for individuals with disabilities in our community in recreation activities
Offer valuable and rewarding volunteer experience
Provide opportunities to cultivate personal development and education
Advocate and foster opportunities for inclusion for all members of our diverse community

Adapted Social Recreation - SPIRIT Volunteer

Volunteer in a supported social recreation program for children with disabilities. Activities include crafts, painting, games in the gymnasium and much more. Learn new skills in communicating visually and verbally to provide the best experience for participants. 

Adapted Sports – SPIRIT Volunteer

Volunteer in adapted sports the City of Surrey provides! The sports include boccia, para ice hockey, wheelchair basketball, and power soccer. Learn new physical skills while having fun with trained staff and learning support strategies along the way.

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City of Surrey - Surrey Animal Resource Centre

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Surrey Animal Resource Centre!

Our program is currently paused as we work to onboard new staff to the shelter - we will restart the program late fall 2023!

We currently offer a couple of volunteer intake sessions per year.

The application process is for volunteers is as follows:

  • Complete the online application 
  • Sign up for & attend a General Information Session (Volunteer Intake Session) 
  • Submit two references (forms can be found on the homepage of www.myimpactpage.com under “Files” –> “reference forms”.)
  • Complete & Submit Police Information Check

Once those steps are complete you can sign up for a Orientation Session for the shelter program stream you would like to volunteer for: Dogs, Cats, or Small Animals. 

Volunteer Age Statement: Volunteers, who have not reached the age of 18 years, but are 14 years, are permitted to volunteer if their guardian is present at all times. The guardian is responsible for completing the application process and required training along with the minor.


Mission Statement

Mission: To be an innovative team of animal care professionals serving the community with integrity, providing education and resources to make measurable improvements in responsible pet guardianship and compassion for animals.


The Surrey Animal Resource Centre’s values guide how we engage with our community, work with each other and care for animals.



We are honest, transparent, and accountable for our decisions.



We treat each other, and the people and animals we serve with respect, dignity, and compassion.




We seek to understand our community’s needs and actively work to achieve responsive, ethical solutions.



We actively seek evidence-based initiatives to guide our commitment for continuous growth.








We form strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and professional standards.


General Interests

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