Volunteering

Interested in giving back to your community?

Read about volunteer opportunities with us.


Town of Caledon's response to COVID-19

Please note: New employees and volunteers who commence employment on or after November 15, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment.

Being fully vaccinated is determined as the status of having received the full series of approved vaccines (both doses of a two dose vaccine series, one dose of a single dose vaccine series) and any additional doses required and approved by Health Canada and having satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy.

The Town of Caledon reserves the right to request proof of vaccination at any time.

Acceptable proof includes an Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccine receipt which you can obtain through the provincial portal, or other government-issued vaccine passport or certification.  The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code.


Community volunteering can be rewarding

  • Increase your self-confidence.
  • Improve your social skills.
  • Meet new people.
  • Improve your physical health.
  • Gain career experience.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Have a positive impact on your community.

There are many ways you can volunteer your time and energy in Caledon. Visit Volunteer MBC or Volunteer Canada for a list of volunteer positions in the area.

Opportunities

 Animal shelter
Caledon's animal shelter requires volunteers over the age of 16 to help with cat care and dog walking.
Caledon Public Library
 Visit the Caledon Public Library for more information about current volunteer opportunities.
Community organizations
 Reach out to one of the community organizations or sport and recreation groups in Caledon about volunteering.
Recreation

Volunteer to help with our recreation programs or events. You must be 14 or older to volunteer. Please contact us at 905-584-2272 x 7327 for more information.

 

New opportunity: Youth Leaders in Fitness

Volunteering with the Town of Caledon, Active Living division is a great way to refine your skills as a fitness professional and connect with the youth in the community.  

 

Volunteers will provide support youth members (17 years and younger) in the fitness areas by: 

  • Interacting with youth and create a positive and supportive environment 
  • Promote an environment of safety and respect among participants  
  • Assist with the delivery of fitness programs and workshops that encourage safe physical activity following industry guidelines
  • Support the Town of Caledon Code of Conduct and Fitness Area Guidelines 

 

Candidates for this volunteer role will have the following training and skills: 

  • Currently enrolled or completed a post-secondary degree/diploma in Kinesiology/Recreation 
  • Certified Personal Trainer (by a recognized organization), or other specialty certification (asset)
  • Familiarity with strength and cardio conditioning equipment 

Contact 905-584-2272 x 7327 and speak with the Active Living team for more information.

Age-Friendly Caledon

Health and Wellness Ambassadors
Our Volunteer Ambassadors: 

  • Support the community outreach and engagement of the Town's Age-Friendly Action Plan.
  • Connect residents with community information, resources and services in Caledon.
  • Empower residents with the knowledge to help them make informed decisions.

    Contact us at 905-584-2272 x.4106 or adult55@caledon.ca for more information.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering with the Town of Caledon, please submit an electronic volunteer and cooperative education application form. Limited volunteer opportunities available. Please continue to apply and when spots become available applicants will be contacted. 

 Apply now

Please contact us if you need an accessibility accommodation in the application process.

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Caledon Community Recognition

Caledon Community Recognition is all about recognizing Caledon residents whose efforts have made significant impact towards the development and advancement of recreational sports, arts and culture, environmental leadership or community and social services.

Additionally, Caledon residents that are outstanding athletes, artists and others that have achieved local, national or international acclaim are also recognized.

The 2022 Community Recognition Night will take place during National Volunteer Week (April 24-30). Look for nominations for the 2023 Community Recognition Awards to open in January 2023.

Submissions have closed.

The awards cover two broad categories:

  • Volunteer Service Awards recognize Caledon residents whose efforts have made significant impact towards the development and advancement of recreational sports, arts and culture, environmental leadership or community and social services.
  • Citizen Achievement Awards are designed to recognize Caledon residents who have competed or been recognized at the Provincial, National or International levels in the areas of sport and arts and culture.

In addition a single recipient is selected for the special Community Champion Award. The highest honour, the Community Champion is chosen from among all the nominees by the Selection Committee based on the significance of their community involvement and years of service. 

Award Categories

Learn about the award categories, eligibility and nomination period (deadlines).

 Volunteer Service Awards
Recognition will be given to Caledon residents who have contributed a significant amount of volunteer time and energy towards the development of community life throughout Caledon in three categories:
  • Youth (13 to 18 years of age)
  • Adult (18 years and above)
  • Senior (55 years and above)

Criteria and Eligibility

An individual receiving an award in the Volunteer Service Awards category must meet the following requirements:

  • Volunteers must reside in Caledon (volunteer service may be outside Caledon)
  • Candidates for Volunteer Service Awards will have made significant contributions to community and social services, sports and recreation organizations, environmental leadership or arts and culture. 
  • Candidates may accumulate their volunteer service that spans across more than one area each year. 
  • Volunteers must have made significant impact (minimum of 3 years of service for youth and 5 years for adults) in each area to be eligible. The number of volunteer years/hours will be based on the minimum requirements and determining the value and impact of the individual's volunteer contribution will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee
  • Volunteers must not have received financial remuneration for their efforts other than reimbursement for travel, lodging, equipment or supplies.
  • Volunteers must have contributed to organizations that serve Caledon and its residents
  • Candidates are eligible for Volunteer Service Awards a minimum of every five years (and are ineligible if they have received a Volunteer Service Award in the previous five year span)

Categories

Community and Social Services

Honouring someone who has volunteered with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Service Clubs, Seniors Clubs, Registered Social Service Agencies, Home & School Associations, Health Care, and Environmental Groups.

Sports and Recreation Organizations

Honouring someone who has volunteered as a coach or leader, referee, board member etc. with organizations such as Guides and Scouts, Minor Sports Groups, and Youth Groups, or other recreational groups.

Arts and Culture

Honouring someone who has volunteered in a capacity such as chairing, organizing, instructing in or promoting not-for-profit arts and culture organizations.

Environmental Leadership

Honouring someone who has volunteered with an environmental group; educator (eg. Eco-team leader), led an environmental initiative or project (eg. tree planting, community garden) or other relevant activities.

 Citizen Achievement Awards
Recognition will be given to Caledon residents who have contributed a significant amount of volunteer time and energy towards the development of community life throughout Caledon in three categories:
  • Youth (13 to 18 years of age)
  • Adult (18 years and above)
  • Senior (55 years and above)

Criteria and Eligibility

An individual receiving an award in the Citizen Achievement Award category must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of the Town of Caledon during his/her accomplishment.  Individuals may be temporarily relocated outside of Caledon for the purpose of the achievement or competition.
  • Groups must have a home base of operation in Caledon and a minimum of 80% of members must be Caledon residents or attend Caledon educational facilities (based on the category).
  • Eligible candidates must be part of a not-for-profit organization and the individual must not have received financial remuneration for their efforts other than reimbursement for travel, lodging, equipment or supplies.
  • Coaches and trainers are considered part of the team if in an unpaid volunteer position and will also receive recognition.
  • Individuals and groups must have achieved success at the provincial, national or international level. Olympic competition qualifies.
  • Individuals and teams can only be recognized in the Achievement Award category once unless a higher level of success is achieved e.g. Provincial to National or National to International championship competition.
  • Accomplishments must have been made within the year of the annual nomination deadline.

Categories

Sports Achievement Recognition

Honouring someone whose involvement in sport has garnered recognition at the Provincial, National or International levels.  For the purpose of this award sports are defined as those activities that require physical skill and conditioning so that competitive excellence may be achieved.

Arts and Culture Achievement

Honouring individuals or groups whose involvement in arts and culture has received acclaim in competition, judged shows and exhibitions or had commissioned works.  Preference will be given to acclaim at the Provincial, National, or International levels.  Arts and Culture will be considered as Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Creative Arts. 

Distinguished Citizen Award 

Honouring a limited number of individuals who have contributed in a meaningful and significant way to the Caledon Community.  These individuals may or may not fit the volunteer criteria but whose selfless efforts are deserving of recognition. The individual must have contributed in a significant way to the Caledon community over a period of time (minimum 3 years) and whose efforts have made an impact on the community in a way in which enhances the quality of life for others.  The individual's achievements may be in a volunteer capacity or other.   The selection committee will make the final decision based on the information provided on the nomination form.  This recognition is based on nominations received annually however may not be awarded on an annual basis.    

Community Champion Award

This award is nominated by a selection committee and approved by Town of Caledon Council. This individual award is the highest honour of the Community Recognition Night and recognizes one individual. Nominees from all categories will be considered by the Selection Committee for this award, based on the significance of their community involvement and years of service in all categories.