Our volunteers have a variety of different backgrounds, experiences, and skills and help bolster The ArQuives strength

From 1973 to 2004, The ArQuives was an entirely volunteer-run community organization. Since 2004, The ArQuives has grown the staff team to four and the number of volunteers and volunteer hours has increased. In 2019, we had 120 volunteers working on a variety of committees. Even with staff, we are still a volunteer-focussed organization.

The ArQuives is broken down into Committees:

  • Communications Committee
  • Community Engagement Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Gala Committee
  • Operations Committee

Learn more about the different volunteer opportunities in these committees below:

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Communication Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for the organizations newsletter, social media, and annual repot. The committee looks for volunteers who are interested in creating content about the collection, including articles and social media posts.

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Community Engagement Committee

The Community Engagement Committee is responsible for events, tours, and presentations to the public. The also assist in conducting research for various project. The committee looks for outgoing volunteers who are interested in creating and conducting programming, giving tours, and helping to connect the community with the collection.

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Facilities Committee

Members of the Facilities Committee are responsible for managing the interior and exterior maintenance of The ArQuives heritage home at 34 Isabella. Some examples of tasks include painting and upkeep of gallery walls, garden work, snow shovelling, and assisting with lifting large donations.

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Fundraising Committee

Members of the Fundraising Committee are responsible for assisting in raising funds for day to day operations and special projects. Some examples of tasks include creating direct mail, writing grants and requests for foundations, and research into potential donors and sponsorships.

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Gala Committee

The Gala is The ArQuives major annual fundraiser. The Gala Committee is responsible for its creation, planning, and execution. In order to join the Gala Committee it is preferred if volunteers have event planning and/or fundraising experience.

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Operations Committee

The Operations Committee is responsible for the library, archival, and artifact collections. This includes cataloguing library books and artifacts and the arrangement and description of archival material. They also assist in providing public service in our Reading Room.

The volunteer positions currently available are:

  • Archival Mentor: We are looking for people who have experience as an archivist who are willing to mentor new volunteers in archival practice.
  • Social Media: We are looking for folks to help run our social media, including creating content, scheduling, and running campaigns.
  • Facilities Committee: Working on facilities includes supporting the ongoing maintenance of our heritage home at 34 Isabella.
  • Fundraisers: Fundraisers look for opportunities to increase monetary resources for The ArQuives in order to continue the basic functioning of other committees as well as expand The ArQuives services.

Volunteer Application Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The ArQuives. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit an application online and your name will be added to the waitlist.

Fill out the Volunteer Application Form

Become a Member

There are three ways to become a member of The ArQuives! By making a financial donation, donating your records, or volunteering!

Make a Financial Donation
Donate Your Records
How to Volunteer