Work or Volunteer
The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) provides recreational programs and licensed child care to participants from the greater community. We draw on local talent for employees and volunteers.
We love our outdoor skating rinks! The dedicated Rink Attendants build, maintain and supervise the ice surfaces during the winter months. If you love to skate, working outdoors, and are comfortable with physical work on a a flexible -- weather dependent! -- schedule, a Rink Attendant position might be for you. Read the job description, then apply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Childhood Educators
If you are a high energy RECE interested in working with kindergarten or school-aged children, we may have the part-time job for you! 'Before- and After-School in Manor Park' is our licensed child care program. We are expanding our staff to meet the needs of growing registrations. See the job description, then apply to email@example.com.
Are you ready to join us? This Volunteer Handbook will outline what you need to know.
Show your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the MPCC provides strategic guidance and oversight to the operations and financials of the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC). They seek the pulse of the community, shape change, and guide innovation.
The Board generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7pm, except for July and August.
Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the last Wednesday of March each year. Each Director is elected to a 2-year term. Directors may serve up to three consecutive 2-year terms.
The Board is seeking volunteers who demonstrate their love for our city and community by participating in a variety of activities. Volunteers with financial, legal, management, or marketing expertise are especially welcomed. Candidates are asked to express their interest in writing to email@example.com.
Special Event Volunteers
Throughout the year, the MPCC organizes special events for the community. These include: Skating Party (first Saturday evening in February); Ottawa Marathon ‘Hydration Station’ (late May); Rock the Block (first Friday evening following Labour Day). Special events appeal to residents of all ages.
Volunteers are needed to help make the event happen! Extra hands are often needed for set-up, during the event and for the wind-down at the end. Volunteers should be 16 years or older, see Ottawa Marathon for the exception.
Find your favourite in the descriptions below. Thank you for volunteering!
We welcome enthusiastic parent volunteers as coaches for our children's soccer and baseball programs. Sport experience is not necessary, but a positive and patient attitude is! Volunteer coaches work beside MPCC staff to help practices and games run smoothly. Sometimes that means tying a shoe for a 4 year old, or giving a pep-talk to an 8 year old novice, or helping chase down those run away balls. We guarantee that volunteering will brighten your day because you will have made a difference to a child.
Coaches are also welcomed for adult sports -- especially pickleball and tennis. If you can share your expertise -- while staying active -- we'd like to hear from you!
If you like to get your hands dirty in the garden, consider sharing your expertise with the community! In partnership with the Manor Park Public School, we have planted vegetables in plots and raised beds around the community centre and school. Gardens are tended by teachers, and students during the school year and by our campers and camp counselors during the summer. The harvest is used to teach kids the joy of eating and preparing veggies, sent home to families -- and the excess harvest will be donated to the food bank.
Volunteers can help by teaching successful vegetable growing tips and techniques to our young gardeners and their instructors. Those interested in helping -- or learning gardening tips themselves -- are encouraged to volunteer to water, weed or do general maintenance. A Police Record Check (Level 3) is required. Use this letter to have the Police Record Check fees waived! Apply online for your Police Record Check.
The Manor Park rinks, located adjacent to the Manor Park Community Centre, are built and maintained by MPCC rink staff. However, it is the help of volunteers to shovel and scrape the ice that keeps the ice surfaces in top shape.
Volunteers are needed to lift a shovel – at any time – but most of all following a heavy snowfall.
The MPCC welcomes high school volunteers wishing to fulfill their volunteer hours with us. Volunteers will be matched with opening in areas of their interest, like sports programs, special events, or camps. Volunteering is a great way will gain job interview experience, and receive training in ‘Worker Safety Awareness’ and ‘Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities’ – valuable additions to every resume!
Please note: High school students alone are responsible for providing and completing any paperwork to be authorized with a signature for volunteer hours served.
Seeking high school students for volunteer hours at:
Manor Park Rink: maintenance (January - February)
Skating Party: community event (February 2, 2019)
Ottawa Marathon: Hydration Station (May 26, 2019)
Rock the Block: community event (Friday September 6, 2019)
Volunteers are a key part of the Ottawa Marathon Race Weekend! You can be part of the action – right here in Manor Park – by volunteering to help at the ‘Hydration Station’ location on Birch Avenue. Each year, it takes over 50 volunteers to fill and serve 20,000 cups of water or electrolyte replacement. And – it’s fun!
Good to know: Volunteers must be 10 years or older. Volunteers should review the training information provided to them via email. On marathon Sunday, volunteers should be prepared to arrive at 6am and remain until the last walker / runner passes the station around noon. Work will include preparing and serving water and electrolyte replacement; and clean-up. Some lifting is required. Volunteers should dress for the weather in comfortable clothing and shoes. Volunteers are advised to leave their valuables at home as there is no space to secure them on site. Washrooms are limited to porta-potties supplied for the event. No previous volunteering experience is necessary. Volunteer by getting in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteering at this event is inspirational!
MANOR PARK RINK: snow clearing
The Manor Park outdoor rinks are some of the largest outdoor ice surfaces in the city! The night-lit and boarded hockey rink is surrounded by a skating oval and pleasure puddle. And because of volunteer support, the Manor Park outdoor rinks have some of the best quality ice surfaces in the city too!
Volunteers are needed to shovel snow and scrape the ice daily. Both of these tasks must be completed before the rink maintenance staff can flood the ice. Shovels are available at the rink, and volunteers are invited to ‘just do it!'.
Good to know: Volunteers of all ages are welcomed. Those volunteering for high school hours must arrange their schedule with the rink staff. Neither skates nor skating experience are necessary. Weather permitting, rinks are operational in January and February. At times, there may be no access to warm shelter at the rink so volunteers should be dress warmly for the weather. Volunteers are NOT permitted to operate motorized snow removal equipment – even though it looks like it would be so much fun. Volunteering at the rink is a great way to up that fitness level!
On the first Saturday evening of February, Manor Park gathers at the rink for the annual Skating Party and Chili Cook-off. Residents of all ages enjoy skating, music, the warmth of a bonfire, food and drink, twinkling lights … and the friendship of neighbours.
Volunteers are needed to serve food and drinks, tend the bonfire, and clean up following the event. A couple of special volunteers are needed to play the role of the Dinosaur Mascot – a hit with kids of all ages! Just an hour of volunteer time can make the difference!
Good to know: Volunteers of all ages are welcomed from 4pm until 8pm on the day of the event. Volunteers should present themselves at the Manor Park Community Centre. Warm clothing appropriate to the weather is required.
ROCK THE BLOCK
‘Rock the Block’ is the biggest community event of the year! It takes place on the first Friday following Labour Day weekend on the sports fields adjacent to the Manor Park Community Centre. Families gather at 6pm for food (i.e. The Works, Golden Crust Pizzeria, Mia's Indian Cuisine), community displays and activities. Favourite activities include glitter tattoos, Make it! crafts, and games on the sports fields. At 8pm, everyone settles down to enjoy an outdoor movie along with popcorn and a drink.
Volunteers are needed from 2pm – 4pm on the day of the event for setting up which includes moving tables and chairs, erecting pop-up tents, moving picnic tables, and hanging the outdoor movie screen. Of course, at the end of the evening all the set-up becomes clean-up! Anyone with an artistic flair would enjoy working at the glitter tattoo table. The most popular spot is at the popcorn and candy floss stand – and where a volunteer’s contribution really stands out.
Good to know: Volunteers are asked to pre-register via email at email@example.com so that they can be scheduled at the time and activity of their choice. Volunteering may involve lifting – but all volunteers must be prepared to work while standing. At the popcorn concession, instructions for hygiene must be adhered to. Volunteering here is for those who like to be busy!