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Volunteer at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Volunteer Program presented by Scotiabank

Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome at the Museum—including you! Share cross-cultural experiences with fellow volunteers and learn about Canada’s immigration history. Meet new people in a vibrant atmosphere and become actively involved in your community. Gain marketable skills and share Canada’s immigration story as a volunteer at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. There’s no better place to feel Canadian.

Volunteers take on roles in many departments at the Museum, and the roles and projects available to volunteers are always growing and changing. The Museum’s volunteer opportunities are as diverse as the volunteers themselves!

Benefits

As a volunteer you will enjoy:

  • the training and support needed to make your volunteer experience rewarding
  • unlimited free admission to the Museum and temporary exhibitions
  • limited free Museum admission passes for friends and family
  • invitations to Museum activities, exhibition openings and recognition events
  • opportunities to meet and socialize with fellow volunteers and staff
  • 15% discount in the Museum Gift Shop and Gateway Café
  • complimentary parking during volunteer shifts
  • subscription to The Porthole, the Museum’s internal newsletter

How to Apply

Our Volunteer Services Manager is eager to help you find your place among our team of dedicated, enthusiastic and diverse volunteers. If you are interested to learn where you fit within our Volunteer Program, you can 1) fill out our online volunteer application form. or 2) download our application form and send it, along with a CV or resume, to Annette Carter, Volunteer Services Manager, by email acarter@pier21.ca

Our Volunteers Say...

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“It has been such a pleasure to work with staff who obviously enjoy what they are doing and who relate so well with all kinds of people. Pier 21 offers multiple opportunities for me to attend various activities…it is definitely more than just a volunteer job! There is no doubt that what one gives is appreciated and that one’s ideas are valued!”
Margaret Therrien, Collections Volunteer

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"As an immigrant who migrated not with a blind thought about this country, I realized the culture is so different from what I have studied...Being a volunteer gave me the chance to be a part of the society and interact with people in a real situation." Sohrab Rassi, Event Volunteer

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"When I first started working I was the youngest volunteer and the first one to be in a wheelchair. I started out introducing the film, and the next year I assisted with the guided tours. In 2015 I started working at the Citizenship table, I love giving people the sample test and marking it but most of all I love getting people to raise their hand and take the oath of citizenship with me. It gives me experience interacting with tourists from all over Canada, the US and also other countries" Noah MacNeil, Visitor Experience Volunteer