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The Summer of Sport & Recreation.

While many of us enjoy attending sporting events, wouldn’t it be fun to spend your summer not only enjoying the events but also being a part of them? With the Northern Kick-off and the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games just around the corner let’s take a look at what opportunities might be available to you.

Northern Kick-Off

There are numerous volunteer opportunities that can make you a part of the Northern Kick-Off: hospitality, event set up/take down, mascots, entertainment assistance, transportation co-coordinators, VIP volunteer hosts, runners and merchandise sales. These opportunities not only offer a chance to be a part of an amazing event but also offer some very valuable experience that you can later put on your resume. Have fun and build your resume at the same time! Apply online at or drop by MacDonald Island and pick up an application at guest services.

Networking is a crucial part of job searching, and volunteering is not just a great resume builder but also a great way to meet people. The Northern Kick-Off’s Volunteer Recruiter Arndis Bildfell points out that “You never know who you will meet and/or impress while volunteering in the community. Community volunteers are an integral part of the success of events and programs. We have a variety of opportunities available with different skills levels and we are very flexible and accommodating to our volunteers.”

Western Canada Summer Games

As the countdown continues and we get closer to the games, Michelle Farrow, the Volunteer Workforce Coordinator for the Western Canada Summer Games, has quite the task at hand trying to assemble a team of 3,000 volunteers. “We have opportunities available right away and until weeks after the games. There’s something for everyone. With 18 sports and 9 competition venues, we have a volunteer job for every skill level. Some examples are ambassadors, courtesy drivers, administration, IT support and ticket takers. We also have some specialized areas for people who have training and experience in sport, medical and security.”

To become a volunteer check out the website at and follow the volunteer tab to register. Complete the registration and detail your personal preferences because, when recruiting volunteers, Michelle and her team want to ensure that they can match you to the perfect job. “Matching volunteers to a position they will enjoy is important to us. We want our volunteers to learn, make friends and feel challenged, all while having a blast.”

ONE Team

Home to MacDonald Island Park, Canada’s largest community recreational centre, and now with the development of Shell Place, Fort McMurray is set to become a destination of choice, bringing both national and international sporting opportunities to the region. In a growing and youthful community that is passionate about sports and recreation, there is always a chance to be a part of something fun and exciting. If you want to keep yourself busy during the summer, what better way than working and being close to where all the action is taking place; MacDonald Island Park.

Theresa Wells, Communication Coordinator with the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) speaks about employment opportunities with the ‘ONE Team’, that operates the facilities at both MacDonald Island park and the Anzac Recreation Centre. “The RRC is always seeking enthusiastic and energetic employees for ONE Team. We are often looking for employees to fill full-time and part-time positions, as well as seasonal employees at the Miskanaw Golf Club and Fox Den Lounge. With the growth of our organization we have welcomed several new employees and we anticipate we will continue to do so in the future. ONE Team is looking for team members who believe in making a difference in our region every day!”

Theresa points out that while they have employment opportunities available they also encourage volunteering as a way to get to know the organization. “The RRC often asks for volunteers to support our events, and we are so appreciative of them. Some of these volunteers might go on to become part of our valued ONE Team. A team of remarkable individuals who are dedicated to excellence in service to the visitors to our facilities, the users of our programs and the communities we serve.”

Interested in becoming part of ONE team? apply online at

Need help getting started?

Looks like there are many exciting opportunities to explore this summer. Don’t know where to start? Need help creating a resume or applying online? Drop by the Alberta Works Centre at 9915 Franklin Avenue and speak to the experts for all your career and employment needs!


Samra Ilyas works for Alberta Works/Human Services in Fort McMurray, providing employment and financial supports and services. With expertise in career development and years of experience, she shares some advice and ideas through the YMM Career Advice column.

Samra is also a community leader and dedicated volunteer; participating in various boards/committees such as the RMWB Landlord and Tenants Advisory Board, Collaboration for Religious Inclusion, Northern Lights Sisters Association and a local school council. She is a strong advocate of Fort McMurray and actively encourages and promotes volunteerism as a way to give back to the community.

Got a question or have an idea for a topic? DM and follow Samra on Twitter @ilyasSamra.