Volunteering

Volunteers are an essential part of the operation and culture of the City of Port Coquitlam. They provide much-needed support in recreational programming, emergency preparedness and community services, environmental programs, and much, much more. The City is proud of and grateful for the citizens who offer up their time and energy to make our City what it is!

Current Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer opportunities with the City of Port Coquitlam are limited at this time.

The following volunteer opportunities are currently available:

Adopt-a-SPOT

Adopt a street, park or trail and help keep it clean and safe for the whole community by performing litter clean-up at least once a month and reporting any issues to the City. Clean-up supplies are provided, and volunteers will be recognized for their efforts with a sign installed in their area.

Visit the Adopt-a-SPOT webpage here for more information or click here to apply!

Aquatics - Swim Lesson Assistant

Swim Lesson Assistants provide support in the City of Port Coquitlam’s Red Cross swimming lessons, providing participants with direction and guidance, demonstrating skills and providing additional safety supervision. This is a great opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in Aquatics to build their confidence and practice the skills they have learned in their previous lifesaving courses.

For more information, view the full volunteer opportunity description here or click here to apply!

Applications close December 3, 2021.

Please note that some procedures have temporarily changed to ensure physical distancing. Volunteer interviews, orientations and training may be delivered over phone or video chat.

Want to be notified when additional opportunities become available? Fill out the application below to receive email updates when opportunities re-open to new applications.

Expression of Interest

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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering with the City of Port Coquitlam is a great way to gain hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles while enhancing your community. Volunteering has numerous benefits and is a great way to achieve personal success.

Here are just a few examples of the benefits of volunteering:

  • A chance to better your community
  • Be a positive role model and leader
  • Develop new skills
  • Gain experience and knowledge
  • Gain and enhance your leadership skills
  • Explore career options
  • Get motivated and motivate others
  • Have a sense of achievement
  • Make new friends
  • Meet new people
  • Gain confidence
  • Share your talents and passions
  • Stay active physically and spiritually

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers play an important part in building the spirit of our community. Volunteer Spotlight highlights volunteers who have made an incredible impact on our Recreation programs.

Volunteer Spotlight: Fran Laidlaw

Fran Laidlaw is a community-minded individual who has called Port Coquitlam home for the last 30+ years. During this time she has contributed to numerous community initiatives, inclusive of the RCMP’s victim services program and the City’s Bear Aware program. However,...

Volunteer Spotlight: Lori Nick

“I really like having a Little Free Library in my neighborhood because I can see the community using it… as much as I’ve given in volunteer time, I’ve gotten way more back.” Lori Nick come by her love of reading honestly. Both of her parents were readers,...

Volunteer Spotlight: Ethan Jang

“Every shift, we meet new people and learn something new. I’m always proud that I can contribute my time to keep our community safe and stay connected with our community members.” Ethan Jang started volunteering with the Port Coquitlam Community Police Station’s...

Volunteer Spotlight: Caroline Sigrist

“It’s good to be involved in the community and to meet new people.” Caroline Sigrist grew up in Ontario; her father had been transferred to British Columbia and after a few visits she knew she would like it here and decided to make the move herself. She has been...

Volunteer Spotlight: Helen Mitchinson

“If everyone stepped out of their house and picked up just one piece of litter, our community would be so much more beautiful.” Helen Mitchinson, a long time Port Coquitlam resident, has a weekly routine: she walks a two and a half kilometre stretch of Confederation...

Volunteer Spotlight: Lucas Hotra

Lucas Hotra is a twenty-three year old Port Coquitlam resident and an active volunteer at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Lucas does an exceptional job organizing pool equipment and ensuring that the pool deck is clear and safe for participants. On top of volunteering,...

Volunteer Spotlight: Melia Rokosh

“I loved the way it made me feel so accomplished to know that I was making a difference in their lives” Melia, a grade 12 student at Riverside Secondary School, is passionate about staying active and helping others. When she’s not studying or volunteering, Melia...

Volunteer Spotlight: Joan Gould

“Volunteering can become a way of life; the rewards are precious and opportunities are limitless. The pure enjoyment I have walking into the rec complex every day, engaging with patrons, staff and fellow volunteers is what keeps me going.” Joan Gould has worn a number...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jake Rogalski

“My experience volunteering with youth has been very impactful… As someone who is looking to become a future educator for youth, it’s definitely been encouraging knowing that my passion is transparent; being a role-model and leader for these kids is an amazing...

Volunteer Spotlight: Emma-Jane Richards

“I’ve learned a lot about myself while volunteering with PYC. I’ve gained a lot more confidence as a person; I’m no longer hesitant to voice my opinion on topics and experiences that matter to me.” Emma-Jane, a Grade 11 student at Terry Fox Secondary, has been an...

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Bowers

“It’s been one of the most positive experiences of my life so far; I remember being involved in children and youth programs myself when I was younger, and now I get to give back as a leader.” Daniel, a Grade 11 student at Terry Fox Secondary, has been an active...

Volunteer Spotlight: Dmitry Kostyukov

“It was challenging moving across the world at such a young age, but hockey gave me the opportunity to get involved in my community right away.” Dmitry, a Grade 12 student at Riverside Secondary, has been an active volunteer in Port Coquitlam’s Skating & Bike...

Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Contact

Rob Loxterkamp
Port Coquitlam Volunteer Program Supervisor
Phone: 604.927.7953
Email: volunteer@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

Recreation Department
#200 – 2253 Leigh Square
Port Coquitlam, BC
V3C 3B8

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)