The FOLD Foundation

Welcome to the FOLD Foundation's Volunteer Community!


The FOLD Foundation is home to Canada's first festival for diverse authors and storytellers -- The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). The FOLD launched in 2016 in Brampton, Ontario -- one of Canada's most culturally diverse cities.


Since the FOLD's inception, the organization has grown to include an online writing webinar series and a year-round reading series, as well as an annual festival for young readers and writers in the fall -- FOLD Kids Book Fest.


The FOLD is looking for volunteers of all ages and experiences who love books and stories and who value a range of voices that inspire creativity and empathy.


If you are interested in volunteering at the Festival of Literary Diversity or FOLD Kids Book Fest, please fill out an application in the menu bar on the right.

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Session Hosts

Session Hosts serve at in-person and virtual events. They use a script to provide audience members with important information at the start and end of sessions. They introduce the moderator and assist with the audience Q and A, as needed.

Merchandise/Sales Assistants

Merchandise Assistants sell festival merchandise on site, using the Square Point of Sale app to handle all transactions.

Customer Service

Customer Service is an in-person role that involves check in, registration, sales, and book signing support. Some tasks involve standing; however, this position does include the possibility of a few seated tasks.

FOLD Kids Bookfest Volunteers

FOLD Kids Planning Team members plan and deliver events specific to FOLD Kids. They meet once a month to discuss programming and all event planning needs.

FOLD Planning Team

FOLD Planning Team members are senior volunteers who meet once a month to plan and execute the FOLD's year-round programming needs. Positions to join the Planning Team are posted as they become available.

Board of Directors

The FOLD Foundation Board of Directors meets on a bi-monthly basis to guide the direction of The FOLD Foundation. In addition to their behind-the-scenes work, directors volunteer at the festivals.

Author Support

This role involves supporting authors at in-person events. Volunteers will be asked to lead authors to and from events and ensure that they arrive and depart the venue in a timely manner. This role involves significant movement and walking.

Backstage Crew

This role is an in-person role designed for those who prefer to work behind the scenes. It involves moving pieces on stage, organizing the green room, and tidying up spaces in between events.

The FOLD's Mission Statement

The FOLD Foundation's mission is to create a vibrant community of readers and writers by celebrating diverse authors and literature in Brampton, Ontario – one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities.