Wellness Education & Promotion Centre Volunteer Program
Volunteering with the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre is for anybody. Whether your career interests lie in social justice, medicine, marketing, education, or counselling, the health promotion that you will do in your role as a volunteer can have an impact all over campus! By helping with flu vaccine clinics, mass STI testing, awareness campaigns, and event promotion you will gain skills in client/patient interaction, confidentiality, administration, and advertising.
The Wellness Education & Promotion Centre’s volunteers provide support to the large-scale health promotion and wellness education programs that are offered by our parent department, Wellness Services. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Flu vaccine clinics
- Mass STI testing
- Awareness weeks
- Event promotion
- Leave the Pack Behind events
By volunteering with such events, students can expect to gain skills such as:
- Client/patient interaction
Application and Hiring Process
Students must complete an online application through the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre’s GryphLife page. Their admittance into the volunteer program will rely on completing the form, supporting the philosophies of the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre, and being able to attend Volunteer Orientation.
Volunteer Orientation happens twice a semester. It is a 90-minute session that details the services offered through the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre, and reviews the role of the volunteer.
Students will receive recognition through Student Life at Guelph upon completing their training.
Event Specific Training
Prior to each event, short trainings will be offered to volunteers by the WEC’s Senior Peers. They will provide instructions and details regarding the event the volunteer has signed-up to staff. Volunteers will not be able to staff an event if they have not been trained in advance.
As possible, bi-weekly Wednesday trainings will be made open to volunteers to hear from guest lecturers and/or participate in workshops with the Wellness Education & Promotion Centre’s Peer Wellness Educators.
Students are invited to participate in as many or as few events as possible. That said, before helping with an event or program, students must complete Volunteer Orientation, and the Event Specific Training.
Volunteers will be removed from the program if they fail to make any commitments or scheduled shifts. Volunteers are invited to sign-up for as many or as few opportunities as they wish, and are able. All commitments should be considered against the students’ personal schedule prior to signing-up. We are only able to run large scale events because of the strength of our volunteers, and without them, they can’t happen. That’s why we need strong support up-front – so we know whether or not to proceed with the event!
Students will gain recognition through Guelph's Student Life department upon successfully completing 7 hours of training/volunteering through the semester as well as a reflection piece completed online and submitted through GryphLife.