Volunteer

Volunteeering

2009 Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Moreno Stefani, BA '84,
with former Vikes alumni development officer Brent Dobbie

Staying active with UVic, your fellow alumni and current students is a very rewarding experience. Here are some of the ways you can maintain your connection to UVic through the alumni association.

UVic Alumni Association committees

Several of the standing committees of the UVic Alumni Association board include committee members who are not board members. These committees are:

  • Alumni Networks and Events
  • Communications
  • Enterprises
  • Grants and Awards
  • Student and Alumni Programs

For details about volunteering for one of the committees, please contact Lynn Wilson, Assistant to the Director, at (250) 721-6255 or by e-mail.

Branches

Formed by alumni living in the same city or geographic region, alumni brances rely on volunteers to assist in planning activities and events. Visit our alumni branches page to locate a branch near you and to contact its members.

If your city or region is not listed, contact Marlene Bergstrom, alumni engagement officer, at (250) 721-6012 or by e-mail.

Chapters

Alumni chapters are formed by alumni with special interests, groups or specific areas of study. Volunteers assist with planning activities and events.

Visit our Chapters page to see if there is one that suits your interests.

Events

Alumni Relations occasionally needs volunteers to help with planning and staging one-time alumni events. If you can't commit to a regular volunteer schedule, then this may be a good fit.

Ask Marlene Bergstrom, alumni engagement officer, at (250) 721-6012 or by e-mail, to add your name to the list of volunteers who may be called upon from time to time for events help.

Online community mentor program

The Alumni Association in consort with Career Services and Counselling Services has developed an Internet based on-line mentoring and networking program that connects students and recent graduates with alumni who are established in their careers.

Mentors are invited to create a profile in the mentoring section of the UVic Online Community. Other UVic Online Community members may view the profile and compare it with others in the same category. If they wish to establish contact with the mentor they are invited to submit a form that identifies them to the mentor along with their e-mail address and information request. This communication may comprise the full extent of the connection or an ongoing relationship might develop, depending on the wishes of the people involved.

For more information on online mentoring, visit the UVic Online Community.

Student Alumni Programs

Alumni can make vital contributions to the University of Victoria by sharing knowledge and experience with students. Alumni volunteers are needed from a broad range of careers and fields to connect with students face-to-face and online to share their UVic experiences and career advice.

For more information on how you can assist students, contact Linda Nicoll, manager, Student and Alumni Programs at (250) 721-7315 or by e-mail.

UVic Plant Sale

A volunteer opportunity for gardening enthusiasts!

The University Finnerty Garden Friends holds an annual plant sale the first Sunday in May in the McKinnon building at UVic. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to collect carts from the parking lot and return them to the building during the sale. Volunteers are also required after the sale, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., to move plants from the McKinnon building to the parking lot (for pickup by nurseries). Anyone who volunteers is invited to the pre-sale the day prior.

For more information call (250) 721-7014 or visit the UVic Finnerty Gardens website.

Young Alumni Program and Young Alumni Council

The UVic Young Alumni Council (YAC) keeps UVic alumni actively involved with UVic and each other during the first 10 years after graduation. The council’s primary mission is to advocate for the needs of young alumni and help foster the UVic Young Alumni Program.

For more information about joining the council or volunteering at young alumni events, contact Linda Nicoll, manager, Student and Alumni Programs at (250) 721-7315 or by e-mail.

Why volunteer

  • Meet new people and make friends. Maybe you'll run into a former classmate.
  • Expand your skills and develop a sense of community.
  • Receive recognition from your alma mater.
  • Have fun. Volunteering is a great social pastime and it's flexible.
  • We can work with you so it fits into your schedule.

For further information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact our office:
Marlene Bergstrom
Alumni Relations
University of Victoria
(250) 721-6012 or mbergstr@uvic.ca