Volunteer opportunities

At Durham College (DC), we welcome and encourage graduates back to campus to volunteer in a number of ways. We invite you to browse through the opportunities below and contact Julie VanHartingsveldt for more information and to express your interest.

Durham College shares similar values and goals with many organizations within the Durham Region, wanting to strengthen the communities in which we live, work and play. As such, we offer volunteer opportunities with select external organizations to our alumni to have fun and contribute to the vibrant community in which they live. External opportunities listed below will be marked with an asterisk.

*In-person events and opportunities will return when it is safe to do so, please check back often.

Title Description Time Commitment Department Date Required
Alumni Guest Speaker There is nothing more motivating to a student than to see a glimpse of what their future may hold after graduation, which is why we welcome our alumni back to campus to speak with students from the same program that an alumni has graduated from through our Alumni Guest Speaker program. 30 minutes to 1 hour (length of time varies depending on topic, size audience and number of questions asked) Office of Development and Alumni Affairs As-needed.
College Information Program - Campus Tour Guide Discuss program/college experience and answer questions for prospective students and parents. Oshawa 10 a.m. - noon
Whitby 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
College Information Program - Greeter Greet visitors as they arrive.
Give visitors directions when required.
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. or 10 a.m. - noon & noon - 2 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
College Information Program - Program Information Discuss program/college experience and answer questions for prospective students and parents. Oshawa campus: 10 a.m. - noon and/or Whitby campus 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Director, Durham College Alumni Association (DCAA) Eight to Twelve alumni directors share their unique leadership skills to help shape the DCAA and strengthen connections with Durham College (DC) alumni. 5 meetings/year (2 hours each); 1 AGM/year (2 hours) and DCAA events scheduled throughout the year (length of time varies) Office of Development and Alumni Affairs Meetings start: September
Fall Convocation - Gowning Help students find the right convocation gown so they're looking good when they cross the stage. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Office of the Registrar TBD
Fall Convocation - Grad Line Up Get people organized by helping direct students into their respective lines before they enter into the ceremony. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Office of the Registrar TBD
Fall Convocation - Greeter Greet and welcome students and guests to the ceremonies. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Office of the Registrar TBD
Fall Open House - Campus Tour Guide Provide tour of campus as per tour script. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Fall Open House - Floater Duties to be assigned day of Open House and may vary depending on necessity. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Fall Open House - Floater Duties to be assigned day of Open House and may vary depending on necessity. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Fall Open House - Greeter Greet visitors as they arrive.
Give visitors directions when required.
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Fall Open House - Program Information Discuss program/college experience and answer questions for prospective students and parents. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Fall Open House - Registration Assist with registration, direct traffic, hand out DC bags and brochures.
Explain flow for the day and the brochure.
Assist visitors with different options available to them including attending a presentation, residence tours and campus tours.
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Governor, Durham College Board of Governors 17 members, including 12 external board members (four who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council), four internal board members, one representing each of the student and support, academic and administrative staff constituencies, and the college president.

The Board is responsible for the governance of the college and, as such, is accountable to the students, employees and communities the college serves to ensure the college is effectively and appropriately managed to achieve its established mandate and provide necessary

Board meetings are held six times per year, with Committee meetings scheduled as required. Governors are also asked to participate in an orientation session, weekend retreat and other special events. The estimated time commitment is approximately 10 to 20 hours per month. Office of the President As-needed.
Ontario College Information Fair *off site event (enercare Centre, Toronto)* - Program Information Discuss program/college experience and answer questions for prospective students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors.
Passing out giveaways at the ‘Prize Wheel’.
TBD Office of the Registrar Fall - TBD
Orientation Volunteer Orientation volunteers assist with event set-up/take down, campus tours, assisting at information booth, and more. 4+ hours Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions Fall - TBD
Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Member Program Advisory Committees offer advice on issues such as critical graduate skills, industry trends, changing regulatory landscapes and employment prospects. The advice of Program Advisory Committees helps Executive Deans, Associate Deans, Program Co-ordinators and faculty members develop courses and other experience inside outside the classroom that prepare students for current and future employment opportunities. 2 meetings/year (2 hours each) Office of the Vice President, Academic As-needed.
Spring Convocation - Gowning Help students find the right convocation gown so they're looking good when they cross the stage. TBD Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD
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Spring Convocation - Grad Line up Get people organized by helping direct students into their respective lines before they enter into the ceremony. TBD
TBD
Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD

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Spring Convocation - Greeter Greet and welcome students and guests to the ceremonies. TBD
TBD
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Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD
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Spring Open House - Campus Tour Guide Discuss program/college experience and answer questions for prospective students and parents. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD
Spring Open House - Greeter Greet visitors as they arrive.
Give visitors directions when required.
8 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD
Spring Open House - Program Information Discuss program/college experience and answer questions for prospective students and parents. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD
Spring Open House - Registration Assist with registration, direct traffic, hand out DC bags and brochures.
Explain flow for the day and the brochure.
Assist visitors with different options available to them including attending a presentation, residence tours and campus tours.
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Office of the Registrar Spring - TBD
St. Vincent's Kitchen St. Vincent's Kitchen has been providing meals to lower income and homeless patrons for the last 25 years.  The kitchen operates seven days a week, 365 days a year.  On average, 50,000 meals are served each year.  The kitchen is run entirely by volunteers from various organizations, and Durham College (DC) has been coordinating employee volunteer teams to support the kitchen for a number of years. Four hours. Volunteers can choose from two shift options: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Human Resources TBD
Workshop Facilitator The Durham College Institute of Student Leaderships offers a variety of leadership development sessions over the academic year for our student leaders to participate in. Topics for sessions can include topics such as: Motivating yourself and others, qualities of a successful leader, building a strong team foundations, divergent thinking, building resiliency, enhancing your public speaking abilities, and much more. TBD Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions TBD