Skating Lessons


Volunteer Position Description


Volunteers are valued as an integral part of our team bringing a wealth of enthusiasm, skill and experience. We treat our Recreation volunteers as potential future part-time employees.  We provide them with the skills they need to assist us effectively in our public programming and in return, we offer workshops and coaching that will improve their likelihood for employability.


  1. Assignment: Skating Lessons Volunteers  



  1. Purpose of Assignment:  To create a positive learning space by ensuring the health, safety and fun of all participants. Continuously striving to deliver excellent customer service to all participants, parent/guardians and patrons. Volunteers will assist the coaches with teaching the fundamentals of ice skating in Learn to Skate programs.


  1. Tasks:
  • Greet participants as they enter the arena and ensuring they put belongings in appropriate area
  • Engage and converse with participants while the staff speaks to parent/guardians
  • Assist with the set up and breakdown of equipment, including pylons etc.
  • Assist participants with tie and untie skates
  • Help participants put on protective gear (helmets, gloves and padding)
  • Be willing to lead activities (warm up and basic skills)
  • Encourage and support participants during lessons
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to participants falling behind in lessons
  • Engage with participants who are shy or reluctant
  • Accompany the staff and all participants for water breaks
  • Create a fun and inclusive environment for participants by reporting any bullying or harassment


  1. Time Commitment:  Learn to Skate programs run at many recreation centres across the city with varying times. Shifts usually have a duration of 1-2 hours. Activities run on a weekly basis for an entire session.


  1. Position Requirements:
  • Must be at least 14 years’ old
  • Must have attended a mandatory Volunteer Orientation/Training
  • Must be an experienced skater, able to stop, start, crossover, support a young child’s weight as they learn to skate
  • Must have skates and CSA approved hockey helmet
  • Regular attendance of all weekly lessons
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and participants
  • Be a team player, able to work well with fellow volunteers and staff
  • Able to demonstrate patience when dealing with different participants


  1. Supervision: Staff will always be present. For program specific inquires (cancelled dates or missed shifts) report to the on-site contact. For any other volunteering concerns, report to the designated Volunteer Specialist.


  1. Working Conditions:  Indoor ice rink. Will be interacting mainly with children ages 3-13 years old, but may be placed in programs with older participants on occassion.


  1. Uniform Requirements:  Neutral clothing and jackets with no large logos. Skates and CSA approved helmet are mandatory. If provided by staff, volunteers must wear a singlet and/or name tag.


  1. Benefits:  The benefits of this position are:
  • Potential future opportunities for part-time employment with the City of Brampton
  • Great experience for those wanting to working with children and youth
  • Development of customer service skills
  • Increased ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Improve interpersonal and people skills
  • Gather management and supervision experience
  • Develop a new level of professionalism