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 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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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

  • 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 download the Application Form - Committee Member.  We look forward to talking with you.

Featured Volunteer Opportunity: Older Drivers Sub-committee

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, highway traffic act, Ministry of Transportation initiatives, and more.

We will set-up and participate again in CarFit events when public health measures allow it.

Do you want to act or have a say? Do you want to make a difference? Join us!

Click here to download the Application Form - Committee Member.  We look forward to talking with you.

Smart Aging Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities – Smart Aging Workshop Developers

August 9, 2022

Do you have a background and interest in creating educational materials?  If so, the COA invites you to consider this great opportunity to impact the lives of Ottawa’s older adults. We are currently looking for Workshop Developers to join our Smart Aging team. Smart Aging workshops are meant to help older adults anticipate and prepare […]

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Volunteer Opportunities – Smart Aging Planning Committee Members

August 9, 2022

Have you ever wished that seniors could be more prepared for some of the important transitions that happen in later life?  Have you ever realized how many significant later life decisions are made in moments of crisis? Would you like to be a part of helping older adults make informed decision at key transition points […]

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Volunteer Opportunities – Smart Aging Zoom Tech Support

August 9, 2022

Do you have a solid knowledge of Zoom and are looking for an opportunity to put those valuable technical skills into practice? Then look no further! We are always searching for people willing to provide tech support during our virtual workshops. Details and Responsibilities provide technical assistance in two-hour blocks, once or twice a week […]

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Volunteer Opportunities – Smart Aging Course Directors

August 9, 2022

Are you a people person who prides themselves on their sense of organization and attention to detail? Do you have experience organizing and MC’ing events? Would you be comfortable doing a bit of public speaking? Then we could use your help! We are currently looking for Course Directors who can help host our in-person and […]

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Volunteer Opportunities – Smart Aging Workshop Facilitators

August 9, 2022

Do you have a passion for teaching, tutoring and/or public speaking? If so, the COA invites you to consider this great opportunity to inspire older adults and make a real difference in their lives. We are currently looking for Workshop Facilitators to join our Smart Aging team. Workshop Facilitators must have an interest in and […]

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

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