Get involved in your community, meet new people, and learn new skills
Whistler Multicultural Society volunteer program offers a range of opportunities to get involved depending on newcomers' interests, skills, and time available.
If you choose to volunteer with WMS, you’ll have the opportunity to drive the direction, vision, and mission of this immigrant-led non-profit organization and to support our local multicultural, multiracial communities.
Meet new people, make new friends, and grow new skills...
Welcome newcomers and immigrants, and support them as they adapt to life in Canada
Increase your understanding of Canadian culture
Have access to a range of training and skills development opportunities
Gain experience for your Canadian resume and receive a reference after 6 months, or 50 hours, of participation
Gain practical workplace experience working directly with people in English and develop skills for future career opportunities.
Practice and develop English language skills, especially listening and speaking and communication skills.
Contribute to your community...
Build knowledge and skills to support friends and co-workers
Feel good about the difference you are making
Use your talents, skills and perspectives in your new community
Help improve the lives of your neighbours and other community members
Share your experiences and culture with your new community
Check out some of the opportunities at WMS and with Newcomer Services....
Tutor an adult learner in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of the English Language. Share cultural experiences and help the learner connect to the broader community. [More detail… ESL tutor job description]
Available in all communities. Apply through WMS or contact your local Newcomer Services.
Income Tax Preparer
Support qualifying Canadians, newcomers and immigrants to complete simple income tax and benefit returns using computer software at tax clinics. [More detail… Income Tax Preparer job description]. This opportunity is part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program managed by the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency).
Currently available in Whistler.
Join the Whistler Multicultural Society Board
Help drive the vision, mission and program development to support local multicultural and multiracial community members. As we grow and develop to deliver services and programs across the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast, a core value is for our organization to be led totally by newcomers, immigrants and other racialized community members - from all the communities we serve. Find your voice with us… [More detail… WMS board member information sheet]
Immigrant Peer Educator
Support your peers, your social, family and work connections, with information and referrals that help them cope with adjusting and adapting to life in Canada and Whistler. [More detail… Immigrant Peer Educator job description]. This program is delivered in-person in each community and occasionally regionally online. Contact your local settlement worker to find out when (and how) the next program will be delivered in your community.
Multicultural Community Kitchens Chef and/or Assistant
Would you like to share a recipe and food from your culture? Join a Multicultural Community Kitchen as a chef to cook a recipe from your culture with other locals.
Work with the Multicultural Outreach Worker to run monthly Multicultural Community Kitchens. Help prepare, manage and record the recipe from each event, encourage participants connect to each other, and ensure cultural sharing is enjoyable. [More detail… Multicultural Community Kitchens Assistant job description] This opportunity is currently available in Whistler only. Contact your local Settlement Services office to see how you can help locally.
Newcomer Services Assistant
Assist Settlement Worker and other service provider representatives by managing clients and registration, and providing a first line of information to clients at settlement services drop-in sessions.
Help your local Outreach Worker at immigrant connections events and cultural sharing activities. Bring your own ideas and expertise to help bring local immigrants and the community together.
Opportunities will vary from community to community , so contact your nearest Newcomer Services office to see how you can help locally.
Work with Newcomer Services staff to build immigrant understanding of the value of volunteering in Canada, recruit and support volunteers, and coordinate volunteer tracking for recognition and references. [More detail… Volunteer Coordinator job description]. Opportunities will vary from community to community, so contact your nearest Settlement Services office to see how you can help locally.