Image of youth volunteer doing art with kidsVolunteer Opportunities

​​​​The Town of Aurora's volunteer programs provide an opportunity for volunteers to participate and to assist town employees in delivering fitness, aquatics programs, special events, camps and various children/youth programs.

Youth Volunteering - More Information

Leisure Buddy

The Town of Aurora welcomes and encourages all children with exceptionalities to participate in any of our recreation programs. We make every effort to ensure that each child is able to participate at a level suitable to their abilities, support needs, program choice and facility access. To facilitate that participation, the Town created the Leisure Buddy program which pairs an enthusiastic and compassionate volunteer with each child.

After attending a mandatory training, volunteers are matched with a child in any of the Town's seasonal or summer programs. The community programmer will often meet with the volunteer prior to the program to make sure they understand the strengths and needs of the participant they will be working one on one with.

Leisure Buddies work one on one with their participant for the duration of the program. They can assist with or facilitate the following:

  • Interacting with program staff and participants
  • Communicating or demonstrating instructions
  • Keeping participants focused on tasks
  • Encouraging positive interactions and participation
  • Snack and meal breaks
  • Give extra time to complete tasks

Participants who are matched with Leisure Buddies are typically high functioning. Leisure Buddies will always be supervised by program staff and will never be left on their own with participants.

Who can be a Leisure Buddy?

Volunteers for the Leisure Buddy program can be anyone over the age of 14 with a desire to assist others. Typically the Town looks for individuals who enjoy working with children and have time to volunteer in our seasonal and summer programs. The following characteristics often lead to the most successful pairings with program participants:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Patience
  • Commitment
  • An interest in learning and growth

If you are interested in becoming a Leisure Buddy please contact 905-727-3123 ext. 3121.

Aquatics Volunteer

Aquatics volunteers are needed at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex and the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. As an aquatics volunteer, you can gain invaluable work experience and opportunity to learn new skills while having fun. This position gives you an opportunity to develop needed skills and earn discounts towards Aquatics courses. 

For more information, please contact Matt Zawada - Deck Supervisor at mzawada@aurora.ca
Aquatic Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age, have Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid Certification to work in aquatics.

Special Events Volunteer

Thinking about volunteering at the Town of Aurora special events, but don't know where to start?

Whether you're looking to gain experience, learn new skills, help others in the community, meet new people, fulfill high school required hours or simply have some fun, there is a volunteer position at a special event that’s right for you. In 2015, we had more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time from individuals and community organizations.

As the community grows, so do the opportunities to volunteer and there are many special events that are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our many exciting events, you can fill out an application below and submit it to Carmela Bourassa at cbourassa@aurora.ca or drop it off at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex in advance of the event.

For more detailed information about volunteer shift times and responsibilities for individual events, please visit the event listing page.

Current special events volunteer opportunities / volunteer application forms:

Club Aurora Fitness Centre Instructor Apprenticeship Program

At Club Aurora Fitness Centre we provide a high quality training program to assist in a volunteer's personal development. Our training program includes a general orientation, program content, health and safety, and emergency training. Our training is designed to prepare our volunteers for employment in the future.

What do I need to Volunteer to be a Fitness Instructor Apprentice?

  • Current CPR-C and Standard First Aid Certification

  • Current VSS required

  • Minimum: Instructor Certification written component successfully completed

  • Minimum of 18 yrs. of age

What do you get?
For every hour worked the time will be documented in a logbook. You can then use your logged time towards your certification experience. All volunteers will also periodically have the opportunity to participate in fun special events.

For more information on this program, please contact the Fitness Centre at 905-726-4764.

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