BCIT Retirees' Association

Phone: (604) 451-6716 | 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 | Email: info@bcitra.ca


A Listing of Volunteer Organizations

Working with Volunteer Organizations

Volunteering is a great way to return a little something to your community and what better time to do it than now! You're retired and looking for something to fill in a few of those extra hours? Contact one of these local organizations and find a position that is of interest to you. It's amazing the number and types of positions that are open for short, medium and long term "work".


BCIT needs volunteers to assist in a demonstration event of an Emergency situation at BCIT in June 2018, and BCITRA members could be ideal participants. If you can help out, contact Sharon Lewis at (604) 432-8318 or Sharon_Lewis@bcit.ca. Additional information is also available at www.bcit.ca/safetyandsecurity.

This program is called BCIT EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS, Safety, Security & Emergency Management(SSEM).

Roles for Emergency Volunteers include:

  • Amateur Radio Operators
  • Convergent Volunteer Management
  • Fire Wardens
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Emergency Shelter and Accommodation Team
  • Animal Response Team

There are many benefits to being a volunteer, including focused training, experiencing an important event, gaining knowledge of how to respond properly, and networking opportunities.

BCIT's mock disaster situation on June 13, 2018 needs volunteers to play the roles of those injured, trapped, etc. Everyone will be 'rescued' as part of the emergency situation. Volunteer today!

Community Volunteer Resources


We are desperately in need of volunteer drivers for our monthly bus outings for the elderly. We ask drivers to pick up seniors from their homes and drive them to Bill Copeland Centre usually for functions starting at 10:30am and then return about 2:30pm to take them home again. We do pay $0.54 per km to help the driver out!

The other program that really needs retired volunteers is our Child Health Clinics. They are mainly held at Deer Lake 1, opposite City Hall and are for 2 – 3 hours. Volunteers weigh and measure babies for the nurses. We only ask a volunteer to take a once a month shift (for instance, the first Monday of the month) or they can take more if they choose.

Anne Waller
Administrator Community Volunteer Resources
111-4940 Canada Way
Burnaby,  BC V5G 4K6
Ph: 604-294-7497
email: Anne Waller

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

In school Mentoring Program
Program Description

This is a one-to-one encouragement program for boys and girls in grades 1-6. A child and his/her mentor meet for one hour a week at the child's school … <more info>

You can find the answers to most if not all of your questions by clicking here and reading through the FAQ's.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
102 - 1193 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC  V5V 3C9
Tel: 604.876.2447 Fax: 604.876.2446

Girl Guides of Canada

Burnaby Glens District,
West Coast Area

They are currently experiencing a severe shortage of leaders for their units, specifically the Guide unit (girls aged 9-12).

Some information about the Girl Guide Volunteer positions:Skills and experience:
Each volunteer brings a unique set of skills. It is not necessary to have had previous experience as a Guide. A suitable volunteer is caring, is a positive role model, and enjoys having fun with girls and helping them develop new skills.

Must be female

Training required:Training is provided to help you learn how to implement our programs, and to become familiar with Guiding policies and procedures. A Mentor Program is also available, to pair new Guiders with experienced Guiders.

Benefits to Volunteer:Guiding challenges its members to try things they never dreamed they would be capable of, and support them so that they can succeed. We provide opportunities for fun and friendship with like-minded women, leadership training, development of life and work skills, sharing your talents, and travel (both national and international).

If you are interested, contact Sue Digney, District Commissioner, Burnaby Glens District, West Coast Area at digney@telus.net. More information on Girl Guides can be found at Girl Guides BC or at 1-800-565-8111.

Volunteer Burnaby

For more community based opportunities check out the Volunteer Burnaby organization or drop in and visit them at:

#203 - 2101 Holdom Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5B 0A4

Volunteer Vancouver

Living in Vancouver? Check out the Volunteer Vancouver website or phone them at: (604)875-9144.

Volunteer Richmond

... and don't forget about Richmond! Check out the Volunteer Richmond website or phone them at: (604) 279-7020 or drop in and visit them at:

#190 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond, BC V6Y 3Z5

Volunteer Canada

These volunteer organizations are all linked through the GoVolunteer website which makes volunteering really easy. I was amazed, and continue to be, by the number and variety of jobs available. Everything from one or two day special events to short term positions (up to 3 mos.) and long term (6 mos. +). Some of the positions are "flexible" - work from home? Defintely worth a look!

The GoVolunteer site lists opportunities from all over BC and includes Alberta as well. Here's your opportunity to meet new people, get out of the house and/or try something new!

If you're looking for volunteer work on a more national scope, i.e., elsewhere in Canada, then head for the Volunteer Canada website. There you'll find links to volunteer organizations in all provinces and territories. Nunuvat here we come!!

You can also phone them, toll free, at: 1-800-670-0401 or if you happen to be in Ottawa you can visit them at:

Volunteer Canada
#400 - 275 Bank Street,
Ottawa,  ON K2P 2L6
Ph: (613) 231-4371 or 1 (800) 670-0401

If you have a volunteer organization that you wish to make known, please phone (604) 451-6716 or send an email to admin@bcitra.ca

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