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

We are currently recruiting volunteers for our Winter 2023 programs!

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!

Arts & Culture

Help to create high-quality arts and cultural programs for children, families, and participants of all ages and abilities!

Volunteer opportunities include Family Imagination Studio, Pro D Day and Spring Break Camps, and assisting with Public Art Engagement.

Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older
  • Enjoy working with children and families
  • Interested in the Arts

Click here to learn more and apply now!

Children Services

The Children Services team mission is to create unforgettable experiences for children, parents and families. Volunteers supporting in Children Services programs act as caring adults, helping to increase the amount of attention we can pay to each child, improving the quality of programs and building children’s connections to their community.

Volunteer opportunities include Afterschool Programs, Pro D Day and Spring Break Camps, and our Swim, Play, Pizza program.

Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older
  • Experience working with children ages 5-10
  • Knowledge of children’s games and activities is an asset

Click here to learn more and apply now!

Leisure Buddies

Help create positive and inclusive recreation opportunities by providing one-on-one support for participants living with disabilities or other barriers to successful participation in a recreation program.

All Leisure Buddy volunteers are required to attend a Leisure Buddy Training prior to their first shift. Training is offered seasonally based on volunteer interest and community need.

Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Empathetic and enthusiastic
  • Experience working with children in a recreation setting

Apply now!

PoCo Youth Crew

The PoCo Youth Crew is a youth-led leadership team that strives to make positives changes in the community. This is a great opportunity to develop your leadership and communication skills while creating and implementing programs and projects.

Requirements:

  • Must be 14 to 18 years of age
  • Able to commit to weekly meetings (Tuesday afternoons) and occasional events
  • Previous leadership experience an asset

Click here to learn more and apply now!

Skate Programs

Help share the joy of ice skating! Working with Arena staff, volunteers help to create high quality programs by assisting in our arena lobby as Skate Lesson Hosts or providing on-ice support in lessons as Skate Lesson Assistants.

Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older
  • Enjoy working with children and families
  • Skate Lesson Assistants must be able to skate forwards and backwards with good balance and control and to make a controlled stop

Click here to learn more and apply now!

Wilson Kitchen

Lend your time and skills to the Wilson Kitchen and help to offer healthy and affordable meal and beverage options to Wilson Seniors and other members of the community utilizing the Port Coquitlam Community Centre.

Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of kitchen roles, including Counter Service, Baking, Dishwashing and Floating Kitchen Support.

Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Previous customer service or kitchen experience is an asset

Apply now!

Youth Services

PoCo Youth offers fully supervised and inclusive spaces providing activities for youth ages 11-18. We offer barrier-free opportunities for youth to make new friends, develop skills and gain knowledge and skills for living a healthy lifestyle.

Volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth in our Food with Friends and Youth Led Basketball programs.

Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Previous experience working with youth or leading groups and activities

Click here to learn more and apply now!

Additional Resources

Looking for an opportunity not currently available? Please fill out an Expression of Interest form below and our Volunteer Services team would be happy to contact you the next time this opportunity becomes available.

Expression of Interest Form

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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 City programs and events.

Volunteer Spotlight: Aidan Kokotilo-Moen

“Don’t give up!” Aidan Kokotilo-Moen is motivated by helping people and the fulfillment he gets out of it. He has always had an interest in policing and helping the community, so when he found an opportunity to join the City of Port Coquitlam’s Community Policing (CP)...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jacki Goring

“It’s important to give back and make someone’s day better if at all possible!” After attending one of the City’s Residential Emergency Preparedness training sessions back in 2014, Jacki Goring took the plunge and signed up to become an Emergency Preparedness...

Volunteer Spotlight: Michele Malmberg

Michele Malmberg has been a volunteer with the City of Port Coquitlam since 2008. She first started volunteering with the Emergency Preparedness Program after being inspired by her parents’ own volunteer work there. In 2014, she also joined the Adopt-a-SPOT program to...

Volunteer Spotlight: Denis Sleightholme

“Helping each other makes us stronger.” Denis Sleightholme’s mantra for life is “helping each other makes us stronger.” Part of the way he has decided to help people was to join the City of Port Coquitlam’s Emergency Preparedness (EP) team as a volunteer in 2015....

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...

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 Specialist
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)