VOLUNTEER FOR ORIENTATION

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 11:45am

Our orientation and welcome—O-DAYS! 2019—would not be as much fun each year without the enthusiasm of upper-year students, Peer Mentors, faculty, staff and alumni who join the O-TEAM and volunteer their time and energy to help welcome new students to the OCAD University community!

Sign up today:
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-team-2019.htm

ABOUT O-DAYS:
www.ocadu.ca/orientation

JOIN O-TEAM 2018!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:00am to Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:45pm

JOIN THE O-TEAM today!
Sign up to assist with O-DAYS! (OCAD U orientation) 2018.
Help welcome new students to the OCAD U community next September.

Positions are open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
bjames@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000, Ext. 275
Join the OTEAM

Become a Peer Mentor!

Are you an OCAD U undergrad going into second-, third, fourth- or upper-year in September 2018?

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Volunteer at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology.
September 28 - October 8, 2017.
There are awesome perks for the volunteer team.

Join the O-TEAM! Volunteer for O-DAYS!

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00pm to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 11:45pm

Volunteer to help with OCAD University orientation...

O-DAYS! 2017

Positions open to students, staff/faculty and alumni.
To sign up, please visit www.ocadu.ca/oteam

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-team-2017.htm
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021
Cost: 
Free
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Complete high school volunteer hours doing stuff in the arts

Students explore at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Students explore at the Strathroy

High school students in Ontario must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate. So, you might as well do something you already love. Here’s how to get a sweet volunteer gig in the arts:

          1. Big galleries you’ve probably already visited are looking for teen volunteers.

Two of the biggest galleries in the GTA, the AGO downtown and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Vaughan, have volunteer programs for high school students.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is looking for high school student volunteers for its Family Sundays. Volunteers help studio art instructors with materials and prep, give directions to AGO visitors and help children with arts, crafts and games.

“Without the assistance of hard working and devoted youth volunteers who are passionate about art, programs such as this would not be possible,” says the AGO's Jane Lott.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is looking for volunteers for its Youth Team. On the second Saturday of the month, volunteers help out with things like art-making workshops, outdoor nature programs and gallery tours.

“Supporting teenagers to volunteer at the McMichael is important as it exposes them to Canadian art, culture and history, and provides experience in a gallery/museum setting, while fulfilling a student's community service hours,” says Daniela Travierso-Galati.

          2. Local galleries around Ontario are interested in taking high school volunteers too.

There are tons of galleries across Ontario — find one close to you and ask if they’re looking for volunteers.

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is just one example.

“We know the value of hands-on experience in the professional cultural sector and are happy to provide students with the chance to develop their skills and knowledge base. I was a museum volunteer in high school, and that training opened so many doors for me in university and beyond. I’m thrilled to provide students with the same enriching experience,” says Christian Julien Siroyt, exhibits and programming coordinator.

          3. Check out your local volunteer centre.

 You should visit the volunteer centre closest to you.

“The best way to get started in volunteering is simply to start! It’s up to you to make the first move. Organizations love to work with dedicated, motivated volunteers,” says Volunteer Toronto’s Ainsley Kendrick.  

Our website has between 600 to 1000 opportunities listed at any given time, so there are plenty of listings to choose from. Then all that’s left to do is reach out! Contact the person listed on the posting. You can phone or email, leave a few days for them to respond, then follow-up. Finding a volunteer position is a lot like looking for a job. You may need to submit a resume or application, attend an interview, then an orientation session. The whole experience is an incredible way to prepare you for the work force, so stay open minded and focussed.” 

Every school board in Ontario has a list of pre-approved volunteer activities that count towards your 40 hours. If you’re not sure whether the place you want to volunteer at will follow the rules, talk to your teacher or principal first. 

How to complete your high school 40 volunteer hours by doing stuff in the arts

Students explore at the AGO.
Students explore at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Students explore at the Strathroy.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

High school students in Ontario have to complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate.  So, you might as well do something you already love.  Here’s how to get a sweet volunteer gig in the arts:

          1. Big galleries you’ve probably already visited are looking for teen volunteers.

Two of the biggest galleries in the GTA, the AGO downtown and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Vaughan have volunteer programs for high school students.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is looking for high school student volunteers for its Family Sundays. Volunteers help studio art instructors with materials and prep, give directions to AGO visitors and help children with arts, crafts and games.

“Without the assistance of hard working and devoted youth volunteers who are passionate about art, programs such as this would not be possible,” says AGO's Jane Lott.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is looking for volunteers for its Youth Team. On the second Saturday of the month, volunteers help out with things like art-making workshops, outdoor nature programs and gallery tours.

“Supporting teenagers to volunteer at the McMichael is important as it exposes them to Canadian art, culture and history, and provides experience in a gallery/museum setting, while fulfilling a students’ community service hours,” says Daniela Travierso-Galati

          2. Local galleries around Ontario are interested in taking high school volunteers too.

There are tons of galleries across Ontario – find one close to you and ask if they’re looking for volunteers.

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is just one example.

“We know the value of hands-on experience in the professional cultural sector and are happy to provide students with the chance to develop their skills and knowledge base. I was a museum volunteer in high school, and that training opened so many doors for me in university and beyond. I’m thrilled to provide students with the same enriching experience,” says Christian Julien Siroyt, exhibits and programming coordinator.

          3. Check out the Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo (or your local volunteer centre)

Saturday, October 24 is the Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo at the Reference Library with almost one hundred non-profits looking to volunteers. If you’re not in Toronto, you can visit the volunteer centre closest to you.

“The best way to get started in volunteering is to simply start! It’s up to you to make the first move. Organizations love to work with dedicated, motivated volunteers,” says Volunteer Toronto’s Ainsley Kendrick.  

Our website has between 600-1000 opportunities listed at any given time, so there are plenty of listings to choose from. Then all that’s left to do is reach out! Contact the person listed on the posting. You can phone or email, leave a few days for them to respond then follow-up. Finding a volunteer position is a lot like looking for a job. You may need to submit a resume or application, attend an interview then an orientation session. The whole experience is an incredible way to prepare you for the work force so stay open minded and focussed.” 

Every school board in Ontario has a list of pre-approved volunteer activities that count towards your 40 hours. If you’re not sure the place you want to volunteer at will follow the rules, talk to your teacher or principal first. 

OCAD U artists support social causes at upcoming Timeraiser

Image of painting called Disperse, by artist Andre Kan
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 4:00am

On Saturday May 30 at Toronto's Power Plant Gallery, 18 OCAD U alumni and student artists will see their works on the auction block. But there’s a twist – bidders will be spending their volunteer hours rather than cash to take home the art.

Dubbed “a volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a night out on the town,” Toronto’s 12th Timeraiser helps support emerging artists while promoting social causes. Timeraiser purchases the works from artists and the audience bids volunteer time to dozens of local charities including Habitat for Humanity, Native Women’s Resource Centre, Horizons for Youth and Open Studio.

Throughout the evening, participants meet with the various non-profit organizations to find available skilled volunteer opportunities. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin. Winning bidders have 12 months to fulfill their pledges in order to bring home the artwork as a reminder of their goodwill.

Tickets for the event are $20, OCAD U alumni and students only pay half price.

OCAD University staff member honoured for volunteer contributions

Evan Tapper
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00am

Congratulations to Evan Tapper for his receipt of a 2015 Legacy Award from Volunteer Toronto. Tapper is best known to the OCAD University community as the director of the Office of Continuing Studies. Outside the university, Tapper is also a dedicated volunteer with The Redwood, a safe haven for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. In fact, he is one of the longest-serving male volunteers at the facility, helping women and children explore and express their experiences using art. Each December, for instance, Tapper – an award-winning visual artist and art educator – draws caricatures of mothers and their children, which he then gives to them as happy reminders of the distance they have travelled.

Tapper was among the 25 volunteers selected from a field of nearly 100 nominations. A private ceremony will take place on April 13 – during National Volunteer Week – with Tapper and his fellow award recipients, nominators and special guests.

Campus Life in the Lobby

CAMPUS LIFE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Yes, it's OCAD U's new Fall Reading Week... but if you're around, stop and visit us...

... in the main lobby!

Find out about Campus Life programming, including:

Fitness & Well-being (yoga and intramural)
Volunteering
Student-run groups

How to become a Peer Mentor

And if you are a fourth-year student...
Learn about our Career Mentoring Program.

Sign up to be a CAREER MENTEE on October 15 and be entered into a draw to win a pair of 2014 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Screening 4-Packs!

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/campuslife
Cost: 
Free