Volunteering at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Monday, April 7, 2014

The construction of the museum is near completion, the staff moved in on January 6, and the installation of the exhibits has begun. Excitement is in the air! Our Volunteer Services Manager Denise Bukowski is putting the finishing touches on our volunteer program which will be launched in April 2014 to coincide with National Volunteer Appreciation Week. To date, Denise has already received over a hundred inquiries from individuals interested in volunteering. We are looking for 250 volunteers who will be needed for our inaugural opening and beyond!

Here’s a few questions that she’s been asked:

Q: When will volunteers need to be available?
Volunteers have to formally apply in Spring 2014 and will need to be available for training in late summer in order to be ready for our official opening on September 20, 2014.

Q: What are you looking for in a volunteer?
We are looking for volunteers who will embrace our values of respect, integrity, service and excellence. We also want a volunteer base that is diverse and representative of the community we serve.  We want volunteers who are proud and excited about what we have accomplished so far and who want to be a part of this amazing journey, offering inspiring encounters with human rights when we open our doors to the world on September 20, 2014! 

Q:  Do you have any minimum requirements?
Yes. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and willing to commit to a minimum of 100 hours of service during our first year of opening. A reliability status check is required for all volunteers and a Child Abuse Registry check (CAR) may be required for some assignments.   Ability to converse in English is essential for most assignments and French is an asset! 

Q: What type of volunteer opportunities will you have?
We will have approximately 10 volunteer assignments that will range from roles that involve working with our visitors for special events, public programming, and education program workshops, to roles that are more behind the scenes such as working with our membership services.

A large group of person outside in front of the Museum.
Photo: Jessica Sigurdson / CMHR.

Q: Should people interested in becoming volunteers contact you now?
We ask that people stay connected via our Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+ channels and watch for the release of the dates for our April 2014 volunteer information sessions. At the sessions, we will go over volunteer opportunities and requirements. Shortly thereafter, our online application process will be activated and people who have indicated interest in volunteering will be asked to formally apply online. 

Q:  What if I can’t make it to an information session?
We’ve offered a number of dates and times to make these sessions as convenient as possible.  We strongly recommend that people attend a session to learn more about the volunteer program and to determine whether or not volunteering at the Museum is something they would like to pursue. Having said that, all the information about our volunteer opportunities, processes, etc., will be posted on the website. Attendance isn’t mandatory but it is strongly recommended. 

Q: Will everyone who applies get an interview?
We would love to say “yes,” but it depends on a number of variables: how many people apply; the skills, needs, interests and experience they bring with them; whether or not they meet our minimum requirements; and availability (volunteer and roles). Please know that we are grateful to every person who is interested in volunteering, and we thank you for taking the time to find out more about this program!

Learn more about our volunteer program.

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