Volunteering

Volunteers have a long history of supporting events and activities in Waterloo. Find current openings, recognition and volunteer resources below

Be You @ Waterloo
At the City of Waterloo, we are committed to recruiting a diverse volunteer team that represents the community we so proudly serve. All interested and qualified candidates, including Indigenous persons, Black person, non-Black racialized persons/persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and those interested in joining our team are encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
In accordance with the City of Waterloo’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, new City of Waterloo volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of acceptance, subject to accommodations required in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Please note that city staff will communicate the vaccination program requirements for each volunteer position as they may vary based on the duties of the position.

Current opportunities

Outdoor Ice Rink Volunteer

  • seeking responsible, community-minded volunteers to help maintain a neighbourhood ice rink
  • volunteers must be 16 years of age or older
  • responsibilities include flooding and snow shoveling, caring for equipment and keeping a watchful eye on the rinks
  • view our outdoor rinks page for more information

Apply now

Volunteer recognition

Each April we celebrate National Volunteer Week by sending a special thank you to thousands of dedicated volunteers who make a positive impact in the community. We recognize volunteer milestones by saluting community builder award recipients with an ad in the Waterloo Chronicle.

2021 Volunteer Salute
2021 Volunteer recipients
Two year category
Taytum Clairmont Talia Dufresne Max Ford-Rintche Riley Grant
Katelyn MacMillan Makalya Mantynen Michele Mantynen Ash Parrish-Pearle
Matthew Pryzmant Spencer Recoskie  Brittany Sparkes  Julie Taylor
Samantha Terpstra Cary Wilson Ruth Wilson Kristen Wirkkunen
Sierra Woodward      
Five year category
Dave Archer Diana Archibald Chris Armatage Joel Ayer
Avik Banerjee David Barnes Jason Beattie Judy Becker
David Bell Karen Bell Greg Beselaere Michael Bonneville
Patricia Boucher Nicolae Bratan Sarba Broderick Gareth Brown
Lauren Burgess Tina Butt Mark Calder Chad Campbell
Nancy Campbell Dan Congdon Adam Cooper Susan Costigan
Doug Crawford Lisa Crowley Philip Czarnecki Lori Danbrook
Cheryl Davidson Kailyn Davidson Keanna Davidson Alexander Deakins
Jeff Diefenbacher Dexter Dietrich Olivia Dietrich Michael Dejong
Ainsley Dotzert Paula Downey Tia Driver Gordon Eastway
Sydney Embro Jim Eso Robert Esselment Michael Farrington
Beverly Fischer Rachel Ford Marv Franz Sydney Gibson
Farida Gilbert Natalia Grichine Craig Haller Kieth Halley
Maria Harper Darryl Hartlieb Noah Heeney Joanne Hepditch
Jason Holmes Eloise Hulks Karen Hull Leanne Husk
Sarah Jacobs Eiric Johnstone Jaime Joseph Jeimy Karavelus
John Keighan Heather Kelly Linda Kieswetter Chris Kraemer
Matt Kuntz Laurel Lavell Mike Levinski Julian Loop
Sandee Lovas Al Lucas Susan MacKenzie Lucie Mailette
Chris Marton Sally Mcallister Aodhan McDonald Ryan McEachern
Kevin McVicar Canice Mok Shawn Mundell Ian Murphy
Ashleigh Murray Sarah Nagge Mike Nevill Alfred Nickel
Jacob Nilsen Robyn Partridge Jay Patel Melissa Patterson
Sigfried Pilz Jill Pletsch Zoe Pletsch Zoe Reville
Chris Roberts Jeff Roberts Shannon Robinson Chris Rusk
Irma Sawatzky Erin Scherrer Morgan Schmidt David Scida
Bella Sebastian Graham Shantz Sonja Schneider Susan Seredynsky
Johanna Sike Phelan Simpson Bryan Snyder Mark Stapleton
Boyd Stark Emma Stark Jacob Stark Michael Stienmann
Kristen Strauss Paul Strumpf Owen Tarnaske Sheryl Tarnaske
Brenda Terbraak Laura Teskey Rick Tokarz Trevor Uhrig
Kate Urquhart Paul Van Cromvoirt Geoff Vanderkooy Jason Wadel
Andrea Weckman Deanna Wehrle Ali Williams Betty Wisnowski
Viktor Yakovlyev Xie Yiyu    
Ten year category
Joan Ang Dorian Benjamin Brian Blamire Linda Blamire
Ameila Brown Ken Busch Kevin Cairns Angus Chan
John Cooper Jordan Dallaire Dianne Darling Jasmine Dawdy
Connie Ferguson Chris Frengos Angela Grigg Kathi Gortzen
Kelly Hertel Steve Hornett Ken Jacobs Elizabeth Ladich
Alexandra Loop Chris Lutka Hanaja Lutka Stephanie Lutka
Paul Mallet Ian McDonald Duncan Millar Peter Moore
Rosemary Newman James Noble Johann Oddson Nicholas Rintche
Laura Robertson Melanie Roe Delilah Serres Peggy Serres
Alison Sims Eve Smerchinski John Smirnios Andrea Smith
Angela Stark Nancy St. Aubin Adrienne Steer Shirley Stuebing
Mike Pryzmant Merner Wang Suzanne Whitney  
Fifteen year category
Ian Adare Joanne Bender Paul Burke Patrick Carty
Winnie Chen Shane deBoer Carly Derderian Marie-Pascale Desjardins
Jonathan Dietrich John Dimeck Mary Drozd-Lutka Irene Earl
Chad Faragher Colin Foy Vicky Garah Brian Horn
Jennifer Janik Kathleen Jerome Joanne Joseph Harry Lane
Mark Lawrence Patricia LeBlanc Kathryn Lecocq Sue-Ann McGeragle
Carolyn Moss Bev Murray Janice Purvis Arthur Read
Caroline Read Doug Roberts Megan Roberts Sam Rocchetti
Dianne Rouleau Carolyn Shoup Sean Wilson Shae Wilson
Twenty year category
Debbie Adare Rebecca Babb Johanna Botari Renate Bracht
Mike Brown Vera Chan Blair Clevely Janet Clevely
Alan Dawdy Mary Dawdy Ali DeBoer Teri deBoer
Ron Harding Brennan Hutton Anne-Marie Kong Teri Ling
Dave Loop Niclin McNeice Ed Moskal Sue Moskal
Wanda Murison Neil Murray Dwayne Price Shirley Schweitzer
Stephen Soo Angela Vieth Rafael Verdecchia Nola Williams
Robert Williams Molly Worden    
Twenty-five year category
Irene Becker Adam Benjamin Melba Bennett Tracy Biggar
Renate Bracht Ginevra Brown Helga Koll Karen Oddson
Nick Oddson Marine Robertson Bernie Roehl  
Thirty year category
Mary Ann Gilhuly Kelly Hearty Jana Heemskerk  
Thirty-five year category
Gay Anderson Astrid Braun Paul MacIntosh Bill Poje
Tanja Poje Sue Taylor    
Forty year category
Ann Diebel Pat Harris Charmian Patrick Mark Psutka
Mary Reynolds      
Forty-five year category
Joyce Dietrich Cathy Jenkins Wayne Weiberg  
Fifty plus year category
Keiko Belair Ruth Jones Violet Sykes Carolyn Fedy

 

Many of our civic awards also speak to the spirit of volunteers in the community. 

Community Builder Awards

This award recognizes volunteers who provide ongoing service with the City of Waterloo and affiliate programs. 

Nomination forms are sent to eligible organizations in early January.

Recognition 

Recognition takes place through the organizations that volunteers support.

There are two types of pins, a standard Waterloo volunteer pin and milestone pin for service in increments of five years. A two year milestone pin is also available for persons age 25 and under.

The city recognizes all recipients in the Waterloo Chronicle during National Volunteer Week in April.

Organizations choose how to recognize recipients. It's typically done at board meetings, annual general meetings or volunteer recognition events. The city distributes pins to the organizations in March to coincide with National Volunteer Week.

Volunteer resources

  • Volunteer Action Centre has local volunteer postings from over 150 different organizations
  • Volunteer Canada provides tools and guidelines for those interested in volunteering or managing volunteers
  • PAVRO is the provincial resource for Volunteer Managers
  • VMPC is the national resource for Volunteer Managers.