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Volunteer Roles

Below are the roles and tasks usually available during the Festival. If you see a role on this page, but not on the online registration form, it isn't available for this year. Registration link opens May.

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Team Registration: Assist with team registration, assignment of tents, and distribution of registration materials. Must enjoy working with the public, be good at problem solving, and have good communications skills.

Party Crew: Help with set-up and take down of Paddler’s Party, staff the party. Be ready to be a team player, have fun, and provide enthusiastic assistance! Must be over 19 yrs old.

Lights of Courage Ceremony: You will accept donations for the unforgettable Lanterns. It won't be difficult to find people to participate in this beautiful sunset ceremony on the lagoon.

Carnation Ceremony: You will accept donations for the carnations used for the ceremony. Survivor teams will gather on the beach of the lagoon and wave their carnations in the air in time to the inspirational music. On land, supporters wave their carnations to the survivors. During the ceremony, you will also provide tissues.

Opening and Awards Ceremonies: You will assist with set-up and dismantling of ceremony venues. Duties include assisting and serving local dignitaries, explaining the meaning of ceremonies, and maintaining order throughout the ceremony.

50/50 Team: You will work with a team to sell 50/50 tickets throughout the event. You will be kept on your feet, moving through the crowds, so you need lots of energy and great people skills. Must be over 19 years of age.

Merchandising: You will assist merchant to sell and merchandise Dragon Boat souvenir merchandise. You must enjoy working with the public. Past retail/sales experience and ability to work with money is an asset.

Fundraising: You will assist the fundraising team at events held throughout the Festival weekend. Use your great sales and communication skills to raise funds for treatment and survivor support.

Site Set-up/Take-down:¬†Set-up and take down site ‚Äď the day before and at end of Festival.

Site Maintenance: Under the direction of the site manager, you will perform all duties that maintain site operations. This means recycling and garbage control, keeping washrooms stocked, delivering supplies, setting up and taking down event structures. You should be physically fit, have lots of positive energy, be a team player, and be able to take direction.

Security: You will assist professional team to provide security for paddler's village, docks, and various events. Must remain calm in stressful situations, be physically fit, be assertive, and have good communication skills. Must be over 18 years old.

Dock Crew: Volunteers will assist the racing teams with their vessels on the docks. You should be comfortable around boats and water. You should be a team player and be physically able to handle boats coming into the dock. It is a good idea that you are able to swim.

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 8-10, 2022,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

Privacy Statement: All personal information given by participants will only be used for administration and regular communication with respect to the festival and related programs and events. Your information will not be sold or given to anyone else with commercial intentions or otherwise.

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