Upwards of 300 volunteers are needed to make the 13th annual two-day Langley International Festival successful.
All past and new volunteers will need to attend a two-hour training session in Langley Room 1 at Willoughby Community Centre (inside the Langley Events Centre) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on either Aug. 19 or 22.
According to Bert Chen, communications and media director with the festival, the training will prepare volunteers for their duties at the Aug. 24 and 25 event.
"Basically [the sessions will be] an introduction to the event, responsibilities and signing up for whichever specific duty they're taking on," Chen said.
The duties available are varied.
"Anything from garbage pick up to security to helping other volunteers sign in," commented Chen.
Volunteers can offer their time on either day, or both days of the event for shifts falling between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. "They'll get a free lunch, T-shirt and will be entered to win a raffle for a TV," said Chen.
The Langley International Festival is a non-profit community event held at Willoughby Community Park.
Organizers expect more than 15,000 attendees this year.
For more information about volunteer opportunities with the festival, contact Bert Chen at 778-996-9910 or email@example.com.
Alzheimers Society Currently, dementia affects an estimated one in 11 B.C. residents over age 65. According to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., that number is projected to double over the next generation.
Those afflicted with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia aren't the only ones dealing with it. The disease ripples out to family, friends, and most of all, to caregivers.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is looking for help to support those both with the condition and those faced with the repercussions.
Opportunities are available to help the organization with their resource centre as well as in the role of group facilitator.
Those with administrative experience including customer service, computer and office equipment skills would be ideal for the three-hour-a-week role at the resource centre.
"You'll know you have been helping people at a significant moment in their lives," said Rose Puszka, the Society's support and education coordinator for Langley.
Group facilitators provide a forum for caregivers to discuss their situations.
"This is their lifeline," said Puszka of the caregiver group attendees. "They can meet with people with similar issues who are in a unique position to offer support to others on the same journey. The group is a place that they can talk openly, share information, and give each other mutual support."
To be eligible for the group facilitator role, individuals need excellent listening skills, a willingness to learn, and a one-year commitment.
For more information about the opportunities with the local group of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., contact Puszka at 604-533-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Langley Advance Files / Volunteers at the Langley International Festival will have plenty of opportunities to take in the diverse entertainment.;
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