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 167,000 businesses and 4.1 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.
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.
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
As an experienced volunteer and health and safety professional, the Good Neighbour program enables you to provide guidance and leadership to small businesses in your community. Equipped with specific small business marketing materials and resources, you will proactively raise awareness on WSPS marketing campaigns and system blitzes.
A minimum one (1) year commitment is required and all volunteer hours and interactions related to this program are to be recorded and reported on a monthly basis.
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.
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.
WSPS is extremely grateful for our volunteers. With over 167,000 Ontario agriculture, manufacturing and service sector businesses and 4.1 million workers counting on us, we greatly benefit from their enthusiasm, passion and dedication.
"Our vision of Every worker. Healthy and Safe. Every day. is a statement I'm confident to make not only because of the expertise of our staff, but also the breadth of knowledge and commitment given to us by our over 300 volunteers," states Lynn Brownell, WSPS President & CEO. "We are fortunate to have active volunteers engaged at all levels of our strategy. They connect us to the community and bring us perspective, identify emerging trends, help us anticipate and respond to the evolving needs of our customers, and are supporting our efforts to change attitudes across the province about the need for healthy workplaces."
"Our volunteers help us reach some of Ontario's most vulnerable workforces: remote communities, small businesses and young workers to name a few," says Shannon Jones, WSPS VP Field Operations. "Because of them we're making an impact. We're proud to have these dedicated and knowledgeable individuals as our advocates and aids."
To our dedicated volunteers... thank you for your dedication. You elevate health and safety in your communities and are an integral part of keeping Ontarians safe.
We hope that your involvement with WSPS fills you with a sense of pride and purpose. We hope opportunities to connect with your community, the organization and fellow volunteers are fulfilling and meaningful; that the experience you've gained volunteering has been valuable and strengthens your resolve for a healthier and safe tomorrow.