Volunteer Opportunities

With over 150 volunteers supported by 6 part-time staff, volunteers are the very foundation of the Council on Aging! They are essential to sustain the COA’s leadership role through various initiatives, activities and events.

Volunteering at the COA offers opportunities to meet fellow peers, expand your network, make a contribution and both utilize and gain valuable skills and experience.

Volunteer opportunities are updated regularly to reflect our current needs.
We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Board Members

If you’re looking to make a difference at a Board level, The Council on Aging of Ottawa is looking for new Board members. Interested in advocacy work on behalf of older adults in Ottawa? Or providing information and education for older adults on life transitions? Or perhaps you’re interested in leading fundraising initiatives? Our Board members provide leadership and support to staff and our many volunteers who work together to make Ottawa an increasingly Age-Friendly city.

No positions are available at this time. Check the other opportunities below.

Committee Chairs and Working Group Leads

Committee Chairs and Working Group Leads provide leadership and direction to their specific committee to achieve its work.  They work closely with and are supported by committee members, staff, the Board, and others in the community.  They are knowledgeable regarding the issues that their committee represents.

Volunteer Opportunity – Co-Chair, Health Issues Committee

October 7, 2022

Healthy is top of mind for everyone these days but never more so for older adults. Would you like to work with talented individuals who have expertise in public policy and advocacy and professionals who have experience in the various sectors of the health care continuum? Our Health Committee works with and for older adults […]

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Volunteer Opportunities – Chair/Co-Chair, Spirituality Committee

August 4, 2022

  Are you interested in some of the deeper issues of life? The Spirituality Committee is in its 12th year of exploring issues such as friendship, loss, aging, grief, resiliency, healing, and more. To facilitate the exploration of these topics, they have traditionally planned and delivered an annual face-to-face conference (more recently online) looking at some aspect […]

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Volunteer Opportunities – Co-Chairs Transportation Committee

July 29, 2022

Are you concerned about and want to see improved transportation options for older adults and persons with disabilities, whether they get around on foot, in vehicles, or on public transit in urban, suburban, and rural Ottawa? Committee Co-chairs, with the support of a COA staff member, a team of talented volunteers, and community professionals, will […]

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Smart Aging Volunteers

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Action Committee Members

Committee Members play an active and engaged role on their committee, contributing relevant knowledge, skills, and expertise and carrying out specific activities aimed at determining and furthering the priorities of their committee.

Health Committee (full)

  • Home and Community Care Working Group

Income Security Committee (full)

Transportation Committee

Housing Committee (full)

  • Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Working Group
  • Advocacy Working Group (full)

French and English language skills would be an asset.  We also recognize the diversity of the population we serve and encourage applicants who reflect this diversity. Click here to apply.

Volunteer Opportunity: Older Drivers Sub-committee

October 4, 2022

Driving, although not the sole mean of transportation, gives seniors independence and flexibility. Despite some health changes as we grow older, safety for ourselves and others is a priority on the road. As a sub-committee, we stay ahead of new developments and topics such as technology, the highway traffic act, Ministry of Transportation initiatives, and […]

NOTE: Information received will not be shared and will only be used to contact you about volunteering opportunities. We respect your privacy.

Contact: coa@coaottawa.ca or 613-789-3577 Ext. 102