Volunteering is very rewarding. It can lead to jobs in the hidden job market, and help you develop excellent connections and character references.
I have volunteered for many years, and I recommend it to anyone. I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people, along with gaining excellent contacts.
During the past few years, I have noticed a large migration of newcomers to West Prince. Many of these individuals drop in to the Tignish Employment Resource Centre requesting information on possible upcoming employment and how to begin connecting with the community.
My first suggestion is always… become a volunteer
A question often asked is, where do I begin? I hope that the resource contacts at the end of this article will help.
Most employers I work closely with tell me they want to see references on resumés. When newcomers suggest using references from out of province, I always encourage them to also include local contacts.
The hidden job market is a term used to describe jobs that aren’t advertised or posted online. The hidden job market has always been full of opportunity in rural PEI.
During my career journey, I have found out about job openings through conversations with fellow volunteers and/or committee/board members. I have rarely applied for a publicly posted position. Most of my employment was gained by hearing about an opportunity through people I know, and by talking with employers directly.
What does it take to be a volunteer?
- Willingness and eagerness to learn
- Positive attitude and integrity
- Reliable and able to take on and finish a task
- Ability to work as a part of a team
- Clean criminal record check
- Clear vulnerable sector check
- Food Safety Course for working in the food industry
- Leadership and creativity skills
- Strong interest in the role of the organization or event
- Reliable transportation
Benefits of volunteering
- Create new friendships and make excellent contacts
- Feel fulfilled and rewarded
- Contribute to a good cause
- Gain tips on upcoming job opportunities
- Secure excellent character references
- Community inclusion
How does volunteering reflect positively on your resumé?
- • Shows you are an active positive person
- • Relays that you are able to work as part of a team
- • Ability to perform and complete various tasks
- • Organizational and communication skills
Questions to ask about the organization
- What is the organization’s mission?
- What are the duties of the volunteer?
- What are the responsibilities?
- Could the organization contact be used as reference?
The best references are individuals you worked closely with and/or your supervisors.
Volunteer possibilities in the West Prince community
- Centre Acadian de Prince-Ouest: contact Monique Arsenault at 902-882-0457 ext. 148
- Tignish Senior Home: contact Lorianne Keough at 902-882-4663
- Club de Coeur Centre Acadian de Prince-Ouest Senior Group: contact Monique Arsenault at 902-882-0457 ext. 148
- West Prince Chamber of Commerce: contact Tam Rix at 902-853-3616 ext. 237
- Tignish Recreation Department: contact Tina Richard at 902-882-2476
- Tignish Co-op-Tignish Community Member Relations: contact Paulette Arsenault at 902-853-7332
- Camp Phoenix: Island-wide: contact Anthony Millar at [email protected]
- Hospice PEI-West Prince Division: contact Jessica Dorgan-Trail at 902-214-0149 or [email protected]
- Western Region Sports & Recreation: contact Johanna Reid at 902-859-8856
- Kids West: contact Renee Kinch at 902-853-4066
- Tignish Drama Club: contact Carol Anne Gallant at 902-882-4418
For a full list of not-for profit organizations across the Island who look for volunteers, visit: