Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are integral to the success of WSPS and the health and safety system in Ontario.

WSPS has made a promise to put health and safety solutions within reach of every employee and employer in the province. With 164,000 businesses and 4.0 million employees needing our support, WSPS relies on a strong volunteer network to fulfill this promise.

Our Volunteers Make a Difference

With commitment and passion, WSPS volunteers act as safety advocates and champions throughout Ontario. By sharing their skills, abilities, knowledge and influence, our volunteers help to further our mission and vision and develop cultures of safety in their own homes, workplaces, cities and towns. Their contributions are well recognized within WSPS and among the province's health and safety system partners.

In 2015 alone, WSPS volunteers:

  • delivered 437 volunteer programs and presentations,
  • reached 13,063 students with health and safety information during the delivery of Health & Safety Awareness Presentations,
  • contributed 10,092 volunteer hours; an approximate cost savings of $252,722.

WSPS Volunteers in Action

As a WSPS volunteer you'll play an important role within your community, delivering one or more of the following programs:


Health & Safety Awareness Presentation (HSAP)

Volunteer to deliver Health and Safety Awareness Presentations (HSAP) to vulnerable workers in schools or other community organizations (e.g. employment centers, immigration centres, training centers, etc.).

All volunteers delivering HSAP are required to have an up-to-date police clearance report. Learn more about HSAP and its goals.


Mentor Connect

Volunteer as a Mentor to individuals from small businesses to support their growth and development as an Ontario health and safety professional. Work closely with them to develop their strengths and generate workable solutions in a mutually respectful manner.

A minimum monthly commitment of 1-3 hours will be required of volunteers in this role. Learn more about Mentor Connect and its goals.


Event Support

Assist the WSPS events team with the planning, coordination and delivery of WSPS events, including regional and national conferences.

Since most event support volunteers also sit on the regional/national events committees, recruitment for this particular program is done on an as needed basis.


Good Neighbour Community

Reach out to small or new businesses, as a fellow member of the community and as a health and safety professional. Act as a conduit for health and safety awareness and education - not a consultant - by introducing the business to WSPS resources and share pertinent information back with WSPS staff to enable further outreach and assistance.

Volunteers in this role must be willing to visit at least six (6) firms within their community over the course of the year.


Network & Knowledge Exchange

Help to coordinate and facilitate Network & Knowledge Exchange (NKE) groups. Working alongside WSPS staff and NKE members, you'll share successes, concerns and best practices as it relates to the health and safety of their respective fields.

Sessions generally run for about two (2) hours. Learn more about our Network & Knowledge Exchange program.


Quality Assurance

Work closely with our consulting services team to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of WSPS delivered training sessions.

Quality Assurance volunteers go through an extensive screening process before being entrusted with this role and must commit to evaluating at least two (2) training sessions throughout the year.


Volunteer Advisory Group (Agricultural Sector)

This committee discusses health and safety issues, concerns and protocols as it relates to the agricultural sector.

Volunteers chosen to join this group are generally recruited from existing regional farm safety associations.


Volunteer Council

Our Volunteer Council helps guide the procedural processes of the Volunteer Engagement Department of WSPS. Members of this committee play an important role in ensuring the WSPS volunteer program is running efficiently and effectively.

Volunteer Council members are recruited from the existing volunteer base.

 
 
 

Our Volunteers

Born in Holland, John moved to Canada in 1951 with his family when he was 16. Growing up on the family farm, John had a strong connection to agriculture and a love for his community. This translated into the many jobs he held and the volunteer commitments he has made throughout his life.

With over 27 years of dedicated volunteer service with WSPS (legacy IAPA), John is one of our longest standing - and oldest - volunteers.
 

Meet John Brenders

John Brenders