Looking ‘outside the fence’ for Durham Pan Am volunteers

Community Nov 23, 2014 by Ian McMillan DurhamRegion.com

DURHAM — It’s no secret Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will need a lot of volunteers to help make the once-in-a-lifetime event a success.

More than 23,000 people have put their names forward to get involved with the Games spanning the Greater Toronto Area. In Durham Region baseball and softball will be played in Ajax at the President’s Choice Ajax Ballpark (Audley Recreation Centre), while weightlifting and boxing take place in Oshawa at the General Motors Centre. For the Parapan Am Games bocci and judo will take place at the Abilities Centre in Whitby.

Tracey Vaughn-Barrett is the Ajax co-chairwoman of the Pan Am Games and while she’s happy so many people have come forward to volunteer at the Games, it’s difficult to know how many of these people will be helping ‘inside the fence’ and who will be available to volunteer ‘outside the fence.’ Being inside the fence means the volunteer will be inside the ballpark. Outside the fence volunteers will be dispersed throughout Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby, helping visitors and residents enjoy their Pan Am experiences. Those are the volunteers Ms. Vaughn-Barrett wants to make sure there are enough of.

“We need as many volunteers as possible to deliver a successful event,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Organizers are hoping to attract about 1,200 volunteers for Ajax while Oshawa will be looking for about 400.

Unlike the ‘inside the fence’ volunteers who are required to work 12 shifts, each eight to 12 hours in length, the ‘outside the fence’ volunteers will only be required to work four hours per day.

“You don’t have to be an expert at any specific thing,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said. “All you have to have is a great attitude and be welcoming. If you can smile, we can find a role for you.”

Volunteers working ‘outside the fence’ don’t have to be 16 years old like the ‘inside’ volunteers. They only have to be 14.

Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said many of the volunteers will be information ambassadors in the community. Their task will be to direct people and hand out information so visitors and residents know what is going on throughout the two-week event.

“Training is provided and we’ll make it as easy as possible,” she said.

Students looking for volunteer hours can make good use of this opportunity but another benefit is the OSAP breaks the Ontario government has made for this event. Students who volunteer will be eligible to receive OSAP interest- and payment-free grace period extensions or reduced pre-study contributions.

“The OSAP benefits for students are amazing. This is a great benefit for them,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Another area where volunteers will be required is for the Torch Relay that takes place over the course of 41 days leading up to the opening of the Games on July 10, 2015. About 50 volunteers will be needed locally for the Durham part of the relay.

“It’s another way to engage in the Games,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Laura Tegelberg has been charged with co-ordinating volunteers for Ajax. She said for those volunteers who have already registered there will be information going out in the near future. For anyone else who would like to get involved she can be reached at 905-619-2529, ext. 7271 or e-mailed at laura.tegelberg@ajax.ca . Visit www.panamajax.ca/volunteer to volunteer online.

For those interested in volunteering specifically with baseball and softball ‘inside the park’ register at www.toronto2015.org/volunteer

Looking ‘outside the fence’ for Durham Pan Am volunteers

Pan Am organizers need volunteers to work in the community during next year’s Games

Community Nov 23, 2014 by Ian McMillan DurhamRegion.com

DURHAM — It’s no secret Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will need a lot of volunteers to help make the once-in-a-lifetime event a success.

More than 23,000 people have put their names forward to get involved with the Games spanning the Greater Toronto Area. In Durham Region baseball and softball will be played in Ajax at the President’s Choice Ajax Ballpark (Audley Recreation Centre), while weightlifting and boxing take place in Oshawa at the General Motors Centre. For the Parapan Am Games bocci and judo will take place at the Abilities Centre in Whitby.

Tracey Vaughn-Barrett is the Ajax co-chairwoman of the Pan Am Games and while she’s happy so many people have come forward to volunteer at the Games, it’s difficult to know how many of these people will be helping ‘inside the fence’ and who will be available to volunteer ‘outside the fence.’ Being inside the fence means the volunteer will be inside the ballpark. Outside the fence volunteers will be dispersed throughout Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby, helping visitors and residents enjoy their Pan Am experiences. Those are the volunteers Ms. Vaughn-Barrett wants to make sure there are enough of.

“We need as many volunteers as possible to deliver a successful event,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Organizers are hoping to attract about 1,200 volunteers for Ajax while Oshawa will be looking for about 400.

Unlike the ‘inside the fence’ volunteers who are required to work 12 shifts, each eight to 12 hours in length, the ‘outside the fence’ volunteers will only be required to work four hours per day.

“You don’t have to be an expert at any specific thing,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said. “All you have to have is a great attitude and be welcoming. If you can smile, we can find a role for you.”

Volunteers working ‘outside the fence’ don’t have to be 16 years old like the ‘inside’ volunteers. They only have to be 14.

Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said many of the volunteers will be information ambassadors in the community. Their task will be to direct people and hand out information so visitors and residents know what is going on throughout the two-week event.

“Training is provided and we’ll make it as easy as possible,” she said.

Students looking for volunteer hours can make good use of this opportunity but another benefit is the OSAP breaks the Ontario government has made for this event. Students who volunteer will be eligible to receive OSAP interest- and payment-free grace period extensions or reduced pre-study contributions.

“The OSAP benefits for students are amazing. This is a great benefit for them,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Another area where volunteers will be required is for the Torch Relay that takes place over the course of 41 days leading up to the opening of the Games on July 10, 2015. About 50 volunteers will be needed locally for the Durham part of the relay.

“It’s another way to engage in the Games,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Laura Tegelberg has been charged with co-ordinating volunteers for Ajax. She said for those volunteers who have already registered there will be information going out in the near future. For anyone else who would like to get involved she can be reached at 905-619-2529, ext. 7271 or e-mailed at laura.tegelberg@ajax.ca . Visit www.panamajax.ca/volunteer to volunteer online.

For those interested in volunteering specifically with baseball and softball ‘inside the park’ register at www.toronto2015.org/volunteer

Looking ‘outside the fence’ for Durham Pan Am volunteers

Pan Am organizers need volunteers to work in the community during next year’s Games

Community Nov 23, 2014 by Ian McMillan DurhamRegion.com

DURHAM — It’s no secret Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will need a lot of volunteers to help make the once-in-a-lifetime event a success.

More than 23,000 people have put their names forward to get involved with the Games spanning the Greater Toronto Area. In Durham Region baseball and softball will be played in Ajax at the President’s Choice Ajax Ballpark (Audley Recreation Centre), while weightlifting and boxing take place in Oshawa at the General Motors Centre. For the Parapan Am Games bocci and judo will take place at the Abilities Centre in Whitby.

Tracey Vaughn-Barrett is the Ajax co-chairwoman of the Pan Am Games and while she’s happy so many people have come forward to volunteer at the Games, it’s difficult to know how many of these people will be helping ‘inside the fence’ and who will be available to volunteer ‘outside the fence.’ Being inside the fence means the volunteer will be inside the ballpark. Outside the fence volunteers will be dispersed throughout Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby, helping visitors and residents enjoy their Pan Am experiences. Those are the volunteers Ms. Vaughn-Barrett wants to make sure there are enough of.

“We need as many volunteers as possible to deliver a successful event,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Organizers are hoping to attract about 1,200 volunteers for Ajax while Oshawa will be looking for about 400.

Unlike the ‘inside the fence’ volunteers who are required to work 12 shifts, each eight to 12 hours in length, the ‘outside the fence’ volunteers will only be required to work four hours per day.

“You don’t have to be an expert at any specific thing,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said. “All you have to have is a great attitude and be welcoming. If you can smile, we can find a role for you.”

Volunteers working ‘outside the fence’ don’t have to be 16 years old like the ‘inside’ volunteers. They only have to be 14.

Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said many of the volunteers will be information ambassadors in the community. Their task will be to direct people and hand out information so visitors and residents know what is going on throughout the two-week event.

“Training is provided and we’ll make it as easy as possible,” she said.

Students looking for volunteer hours can make good use of this opportunity but another benefit is the OSAP breaks the Ontario government has made for this event. Students who volunteer will be eligible to receive OSAP interest- and payment-free grace period extensions or reduced pre-study contributions.

“The OSAP benefits for students are amazing. This is a great benefit for them,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Another area where volunteers will be required is for the Torch Relay that takes place over the course of 41 days leading up to the opening of the Games on July 10, 2015. About 50 volunteers will be needed locally for the Durham part of the relay.

“It’s another way to engage in the Games,” Ms. Vaughn-Barrett said.

Laura Tegelberg has been charged with co-ordinating volunteers for Ajax. She said for those volunteers who have already registered there will be information going out in the near future. For anyone else who would like to get involved she can be reached at 905-619-2529, ext. 7271 or e-mailed at laura.tegelberg@ajax.ca . Visit www.panamajax.ca/volunteer to volunteer online.

For those interested in volunteering specifically with baseball and softball ‘inside the park’ register at www.toronto2015.org/volunteer