Volunteer for the Festival
We have many volunteer opportunities to choose from and welcome people of all ages.
Be Part of the Action! Join our Team of Volunteers
Over 100 volunteers are needed annually to make the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival a success. Volunteers assist with a variety of duties leading up to, during, and after the festival. We’d love to have you on board!
This is an outdoor event, and all volunteers should be prepared to work in ANY kind of weather. Volunteers must be a minimum of 12 years of age. Volunteers under the age of 18 must submit a signed, manual Waiver to complete their registration. Volunteers will receive: pizza lunch and snacks, water, a volunteer T-shirt, and following the Festival, there will be a volunteer appreciation dinner where you can mingle with other volunteers and win prizes.
Every year since 2012, we recognize an outstanding Male and outstanding Female Volunteer of the Year. This award has been graciously provided by the McColeman family as a memorial to Judy McColeman, a long standing volunteer for the festival.
If you are a high school student who needs community credit hours, bring your form with you on the day of the event and turn it in to your supervisor. On completion of your hours, go back to your supervisor to get the form completed. Once completed the Festival Coordinator will sign the form.
Volunteer Positions Required:
Festival Day - Saturday July 13
Help set up and monitor the awards area
Help run various children’s activities including craft and games, and possibly assist face painter
Help teams embark and disembark from boats, redistribute paddles and life jackets as needed
Equipment – Day of Festival
Help load and unload SDBF equipment for return to SDBF. Help move dragon boats across the lake to NWSC.
Fill in for other volunteers who need a break (various areas)– on and off all day
Hand out programs to people entering the park from 8:30 am to 12:30
Check ID at beer tent entrance between 11 am and 5 pm
Help teams prepare for the races. Could involve being gate keeper, manning a lane, helping with check in, among other responsibilities available in that area
Ensure only vehicles with parking pass enter the Elizabeth Street parking lot. Shifts start at 7 am, 10 am, and 1 pm.
Help pack up and remove signage, load into cube van and boats for return to SDBF garage
Unload/Reload GWN Boats
Assist with unloading boat that arrive from Toronto. Do inventory of GWN rentals.
Day Before Festival - Friday July 12
Equipment – Day Before Festival
Help load truck at SDBF garage and unload when it gets to park. Help move dragon boats across the lake to the park.
Set Up – Beach area
Help with Race and beach set up on July 13. Put up fencing, set up docks, arrange paddles and lifejackets, set up results and timing area
Set Up – Festival area
Help with Festival set up on Friday July 13, place tables, chairs, distribute blue barrels and hang signage in the park,
Lake Training - June and July
We run a six-week program that runs from June 3 to July 11, 2019, Monday to Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9 pm on the docks at the Northern Water Sport Centre.
Volunteers aid the Festival’s Training Assistant with various tasks including
- Help team embark/disembark during their practices.
- Make sure waivers are signed
- People are wearing lifejackets before they head out on the lake.
Typically lake training volunteers come once or twice a week for the full evening.
Long Term Volunteer Opportunities
Become a Board Member
The Festival is currently seeking Board Members willing to assist in the following areas;
- Policy and Governance
- Northern Water Sport Centre SDBF Representative
For more information visit our Become a Board Member page.
Join a Committee
Be part of the team that plans and executes the Festival. We are seeking individuals to chair various sub-committees or help chairs complete a variety of tasks.
- Children’s area
Committees looking for members
- Race Admin /Volunteer Services
To join a committee please communicate with the Festival via email at email@example.com.