Skate Oakville would like to acknowledge the support of all those who volunteer to assist the club in various ways. Without the support of our volunteers we would not be able to provide the events and opportunities to our skaters that we currently do. Volunteering allows you to participate in new opportunities, meet new people and make a positive impact on skating in the Oakville community.
Below you will find information regarding our volunteer policy, and additional information you may need as a volunteer. The volunteer policy is subject to change each year, and volunteer commitments may not stay the same as previous years. The volunteer policy must be agreed to at the time of registration.
We are using an external website for Volunteer Registration for the 2019-20 season. You do not need to create an account on this website, you just need to provide your name, email and skaters name. If you have multiple skaters, pick one. There are multiple tabs at the top of the website with more positions available.
Skate Oakville is a not-for-profit organization that requires the support of volunteers to operate. As a parent with a skater/skaters registered in any of the Skate Oakville programs listed below, you are required to commit to a number of tasks for the 2019-2020 season. The number of commitments to be completed per family is calculated on a per skater and per program basis, to a maximum of (5) commitments per family. The number of commitments per program is as follows:
- STARSkate A & B - no commitment required
- STARSkate C & D - (1) commitment required
- Pre Comp - no commitment required
- Base Comp - (1) commitment required
- Advanced Comp - (1) commitment required
- Elite Comp - (2) commitments required
- Select Comp - (2) commitments required
- Junior Comp Dance - (1) commitment required
- Dance Comp - (1) commitment required
- Synchro Beginner 1 & 2 - no commitment required
- Synchro Elementary - (1) commitment required
- Synchro Elementary Plus - (1) commitment required
- Synchro Pre Juvenile - (2) commitments required
- Synchro Juvenile - (2) commitments required
- Synchro Intermediate - (2) commitments required
Mixed/Open sessions count as a STAR session and will be credited according to the skaters STAR level.
If possible, please select your volunteer position(s) for the season during the online registration process for programs. The number of credits per position is specified on the list. The volunteer positions will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. If you do not select all of your commitments at registration, please keep in mind that you must register for or have completed all of your obligations/commitment requirements by March 15, 2020 or you will be subject to a charge of $150.00 per required commitment/obligation.
As a reminder for new members, please note that Skate Oakville volunteer obligations must be fulfilled by one of the parents of the skater/skaters. High School students may also volunteer to satisfy High School volunteer hours but those volunteers hours do not count towards the Skate Oakville volunteer obligations. If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please do not hesitate to email the volunteer chair at email@example.com.
As you know, Skate Oakville could not operate without the assistance of volunteers to help out at events. As such, each member’s volunteer efforts are greatly valued and appreciated. On behalf of the Board, we thank you in advance for your continued engagement and your dedication to the club.
Below you will find links to documents that contain descriptions of some volunteer positions that will be available for selection, as well as any additional information related to volunteering at Skate Oakville.
What is the purpose of a volunteer requirement?
As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on the support of volunteers to assist us with activities related to our organization. Without the support of our volunteers we would not be able to provide the events and opportunities to our skaters that we currently do. Volunteering allows you to participate in new opportunities, meet new people and make a positive impact on skating in the Oakville community.
Do I have to volunteer?
You don't have to volunteer. If your choice is to not volunteer, you must purchase a Buy-Out of your volunteer credits. This Buy-Out must be purchased per commitment owing to Skate Oakville. The Buy-Out is not a one time purchase and must be paid yearly, per commitment, if you choose not to volunteer.
I don't have time to volunteer. What are my options?
If you can't find the time in your schedule to volunteer, we understand. That is why we offer a Volunteer Buy-Out. This Buy-Out must be purchased per commitment owing to Skate Oakville. The Buy-Out is not a one time purchase and must be paid yearly if you choose not to volunteer.
How long do I have to complete my volunteer commitment(s)?
You must register for/or have completed all commitments by the date specified in the volunteer policy.
Who can complete the volunteer commitment(s)?
Commitments must be fulfilled by the parent/guardian of the skater(s).
Can my student volunteer for their required school hours?
Our volunteer positions are for parent volunteers to fulfill their obligations for the year. Students who need volunteer hours, are age 11 or older, and who are skating on STAR B or higher sessions can be a Program Assistant for our CanSkate programs. Skaters must attend the training session in September of each year.
What if I refuse to volunteer?
If you choose not to volunteer, you must purchase a Volunteer Buy-Out per commitment owing to Skate Oakville. If you do not complete your volunteer requirements for the year, and do not purchase the Buy-Out option, you may be restricted from registering with Skate Oakville until the amount is paid.
I don't recall seeing a volunteer policy when I registered?
All skaters registering in STARSkate, Competitive or Synchronized Skating programs must accept the Volunteer Policy at the time of registration. We suggest all members take the time to read each policy before accepting.
I have a specialized skill or related experience that I think would benefit Skate Oakville. Who do I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information and should we require that specific skill or experience the Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact.
All the volunteer positions seem to be full, now what?
Please email email@example.com and the Volunteer Coordinator will do their best to find something for you to assist with. However, volunteer positions are first come, first served, and we do not recommend leaving selecting a position to the last minute.