Saturday August 23, 2014

If you’ve got the time, the City’s got some volunteer jobs for you

Volunteers are the backbone of any community and Kamloops needs a few with specific interests to step forward.

The City has eight openings available on the arts commission, heritage commission, parks and recreation committee and sister city advisory committee. Heritage aficionados are also needed to judge this year’s heritage fair.

An appeal for volunteers in December netted the City three applications, which are being thrown into the mix of responses. But at least five more candidates are needed, so a second pitch for volunteers is being issued.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15.

Each group is different, but most meet monthly.

More information about the positions is available from the staff liaisons as follows:

* arts commission, Barb Berger,

* parks and recreation committee, Val Lyons,

* heritage commission, Elisabeth Duckworth,

* sister city committee, Jody Lewis,

Resumes with cover letters outlining experience, background and interest should be submitted to Legislative Services, City of Kamloops, 7 Victoria St. West.

The Kamloops Regional Heritage Fair is also needing volunteers to judge this year’s competition on Friday, May 10, at the Henry Grube Education Centre. Applications should be submitted by May 1. Those who are chosen will be given training — and a continental breakfast.

Melissa Baker at the Kamloops Museum and Archives said the judging positions are open to anyone.

“They have to like history and working with students. They get to talk to the students to put a face to the project. They get training and a criteria list to use for judging,” she said.

Training is done on the morning of the fair.

“It’s a great way to get involved in the community and see the kids’ work,” she said.

“It’s a fun event. It’s just such a great day for the students.”

For more information, contact Kamloops-Thompson School District staffers Rob Schoen at 250-374-0679 or Judy Dunn at 250-376-2266.

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