Elmwood’s vision is to be the most innovative girls’ school in Canada and to operate at the forefront of girls’ education globally. Now, more than ever, women are at the centre of the social, political and economic dialogue, acting with courage and integrity in the face of challenge and leading change.
Volunteering at Elmwood
We rely on volunteers to help our students learn in the classroom, organize community building events and fundraising activities and more! Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute to the school’s life and to meet parents and members of the Elmwood community. There are many opportunities to get involved!
To become a volunteer at Elmwood School you complete the following steps:
- Read through Elmwood School's Volunteer Policy.
- Complete the Volunteer Application / Offence Declaration Form.
- Complete your Vulnerable Sector Application through the Ottawa Police Service (if applicable).
Click through the tabs below to review our volunteer resources and complete your application:
As a member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), Elmwood School undergoes a rigorous set of external inspections in order to ensure we meet or exceed established standards across a wide variety of metrics. One of the requirements that the CAIS standards ask for is a comprehensive volunteer policy for our community.
Most of our volunteers do not have regular or direct one-on-one contact with students. We refer to these volunteers as Level 1 volunteers. Prior to the start of their first volunteer activity, they are required to complete a Volunteer Offence Declaration Form, to be completed online when they apply to be a volunteer through the tab below. For subsequent school years, the form is to completed annually, at the beginning of the school year or when the volunteer opportunity arises.
For volunteer situations which might involve regular and/or direct contact with students which the Head of School deems to have limited teacher supervision parameters (eg. one-on-one), a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) is required. We refer to this as a Level 2 activity and some examples are working in the Uniform Shop, assisting with coaching or working with Elmwood Theatre productions. Please read the Volunteer Policy for examples of Level 2 Volunteers. A PVSC is required prior to the start of the volunteer activity. For subsequent school years, Level 2 volunteers need to complete the Volunteer Offence Declaration Form on an annual basis, at the beginning of the school year.
As a volunteer there is a cost to obtain your Police Vulnerable Sector Check. In order to receive a reduced cost, you will require a letter from Elmwood School stating that you are a volunteer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a pdf letter that you can attach to your application. The cost will be reimbursed by Elmwood School. Please provide a copy of the payment receipt to email@example.com
If you have any questions about our process or our Volunteer Policy please contact Tanja Mackin, Director of Finance and Administration at 613.749.6761 extension 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When becoming a volunteer you are required to complete the Volunteer Application / Offence Declaration Form below. In this form you will be asked to agree to the conditions set out in Elmwood School's Code of Conduct.
All information submitted will be kept confidential.
Please visit the Ottawa Police Service website to complete your Vulnerable Sector Check application.
In order to receive a reduced fee for your vulnerable sector check, you will require a letter from Elmwood School stating that you are a volunteer. Please email email@example.com to receive a pdf letter that you can attach to your application.