Volunteer

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Volunteer at Westmount

We welcome volunteers on field trips, in the classroom,  and for School Council-sponsored activities.

As a Westmount volunteer, you are placed in a position of trust with students, staff or property. A valid security clearance must be obtained for some types of volunteer activities.

Note: Guest speakers or visitors to the school, and parents assisting their own child only are not considered to be volunteers, and do not require a security clearance.

The Volunteer Process

Before you can volunteer at Westmount, you must do several things:

  1. Determine which Westmount Category your volunteer activity falls within.
  2. If category “A”, you must complete a Police Information Check:
      • request a PIC letter (volunteer letter) from the Elementary or Mid-High office.  You can do this in person or by phone. School administrators will verify your identity and register you in our volunteer database. You will then be provided with a letter enabling you to obtain a police information check from the Calgary Police Service (CPS).  Complete a Police Information Check either online (ePIC) or in-person at a designated police station.
      • Complete the Westmount Volunteer Registration form and the Volunteer Driver form and Declaration if you intend to be a driver during your volunteer activity. Submit these forms to the school office (Elementary or Mid-High) along with your Police Information Check.
  3. If category “B”, you do not require a Police Information Check:

HOW DO I?

The VSPN (Volunteer Screening Program Number) issued by Volunteer Alberta, replaced Westmount’s VOAN number in July 2017.

The VSPN provides a fee waiver for field trip volunteers and volunteer drivers applying for a Police Information Check.

All other Category A volunteers will be required to cover a $15 fee to apply for a Police Information Check.

There is no cost associated with becoming a Category B volunteer.

    • Your Volunteer Registration Form must be resubmitted to the school every three years.
    • The Volunteer Driver Form/Declaration must be resubmitted every year.
    • The Police Information Check (PIC or ePIC) will expire in 3 years from the date you receive your approval. You are responsible for reapplying for a new PIC before it expires. (You may reapply within 3 months of expiration). If this is not done, you will have to wait for the new PIC to arrive before you can resume volunteering.

Requirements include:

  • A current and valid drivers license
  • Current Registration
  • Proof of a minimum $2,000,000 public liability and property damage insurance coverage.

Please see the Westmount Volunteer Handbook for more details.

Supporting Documents

CATEGORY A

(Police Information Check Required)

CATEGORY A VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • Chaperones for field trips (local, provincial, national or international)
  • Classroom assistance under the direction and supervision of a teacher
  • Unsupervised work with students
  • Driving students to school-related events
  • Assist with assemblies or drama productions, working directly with students
  • Learning Commons (library) – work with students

CATEGORY B

(No Police Information Check Required)

CATEGORY B VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • Bulletin board development and maintenance/Landscape maintenance
  • Science Fairs/Bottle drives/ Stampeder games parking/ Silent auctions
  • Building/take down of sets for drama productions without students
  • Grant writing
  • Parent information meetings or workshop set-up
  • Staff appreciation year-end luncheon/Organizing parents for special projects

We are grateful for our volunteers!