Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential to sustain the COA’s many events and activities. We currently have over 140 volunteers filling some 180 volunteer roles.

Volunteering at the COA offers opportunities to meet fellow peers, expand your network, contribute in meaningful ways to your community, and gain valuable skills and experience.

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Board Members

Our Board Members meet monthly to direct the business of the organization and to determine, and provide leadership to, the priorities and activities of the organization, both collectively and through their individual roles.

Issue Committee Members

Our committee members play an important role, setting the priorities of our issues committees. As a volunteer led organization, committee members are able to use their skills and play an active role in identifying and addressing issues that affect seniors in our community with a particular focus on issues affecting vulnerable seniors.  Our committee members include seniors, professionals and community members who are passionate about seniors’ issues and who want to make a positive difference in their community.

Issues Committees include:

  • Housing • Health • Transportation • Income Security • Social inclusion • Research


Committee Members – We are seeking individuals who would like to take on leadership roles on both our French and English Education Committees.  These committees develop our educational programming each year by choosing topics, finding speakers, coordinating details and promoting these educational events.  If you are interested in leadership and learning, this may be a perfect fit for you.

Event Volunteers – We are also seeking Event Volunteers – These people take care of all the details! They ensure that everyone is well taken care of at our educational events.  We currently have a small and mighty team and would love to have you join us!  Detailed position descriptions are available for the following opportunities:

  • Greeter • Room Set-up • Decoration / Display • AV System • Food and Beverage • Information Package Preparation  • Evaluation Review

Development Committees

Our Development Committees deal with specific issues in the growth and development the organization.  We are currently seeking individuals with skills and interests in the areas of Communications and Fundraising and Special Events.

Communications Committee

  • Francophones interested in internet-based information for our Newsletters
  • Francophones who are comfortable using Facebook and Twitter
  • Individuals with communications backgrounds

Fundraising Committee

  • Individuals who have a background in fundraising through planned giving, appeals, fundraising events and more.

Special Events Committee

  • Individuals who enjoy helping with special events such as Volunteer Recognition, Awards Ceremonies, Spring Luncheon (a gala event) and more.

Additional Opportunities

Community Exhibits Ambassadors – Promoting the Council on Aging at local events is vital to creating awareness of the Council and the needs of seniors in Ottawa.  Led by our Volunteer Coordinator, these volunteers would organize materials, inform themselves on the Council on Aging and its activities, and represent the organization at our exhibits at community events and expositions.

Reception and Administration – Supporting the Council with administrative skills is a wonderful way to volunteer! There are opportunities with reception, minute taking, database updates, membership updates, phone calling, small translation, creative design work, and more.

There are no current volunteer opportunities available.

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