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Volunteer opportunities

Toronto Branch is entirely staffed by volunteers. We rely on our members to volunteer their time and effort to organize and promote Branch meetings and workshops, maintain the Branch website and social media communications, respond to queries, contribute to and produce our newsletter Toronto Tree, develop and sell Branch publications, coordinate and work on our special projects, serve on the Branch Executive Committee, and much more… Without our volunteers, we simply would not exist.

Why volunteer with Toronto Branch?

Some of the many rewards of volunteering include:

  • the ability  to use your individual skills and experience to benefit others
  • the satisfaction of being able to contribute to and expand Toronto research resources
  • a closer connection with Branch operations and the opportunity to assist in steering future Branch initiatives
  • a more in-depth understanding and appreciation of Toronto records and repositories
  • the opportunity to share ideas, breakthroughs and brick walls with fellow family historians

Current volunteer opportunities

How can you help? Toronto Branch is always in need of volunteers to help with transcription and indexing work – to find out what we’re working on at the moment and how you can contribute, visit our Projects page. In addition, we are currently seeking members who would like to take on the following tasks:

Executive Committee Members

Executive Committee members are usually elected at Annual General Meetings (AGMs), but as needed, members are appointed between AGMs as vacancies arise. Becoming an Executive Committee member is a fulfilling way in which to use your skills and interests to help sustain and improve Branch services for fellow members. The camaraderie is rewarding too!

If you would be interested in finding out about the various Executive Committee roles and discussing how you could contribute your energy and talents to the future success of the Branch, please email our Volunteer Facilitator.

Toronto Tree Editor

Do you enjoy reading, writing and sharing family history stories? Are you interested in volunteering some time each month to help the Toronto Branch communicate with its members? If so, we have an immediate opening for an Editor to juggle all the moving parts of publishing our awards-winning newsletter Toronto Tree.

The Tree is published six times a year and delivered to members digitally. It contains articles of interest to family historians on genealogical and historical activities, events and resources, with a particular emphasis on the City of Toronto and the historic County of York. The Editor of the Tree reports directly to the Branch Executive. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing submission and publication deadlines, collecting materials of genealogical interest, recruiting regular columnists, and editing and preparing copy. The goal is to provide exceptional, informative and engaging content. Strong written English communication skills and interpersonal skills are essential, as is a working knowledge of Microsoft Word or another publishing program. Editing and proofreading experience is not required but would be a definite asset. Training and mentorship will be provided.

To apply for this position, you must be a Branch member in good standing or willing to become a member. For more information, please email the Branch Chair.

Audio-Visual (AV) Support Team Members

The overall goal of this team is to provide audio-visual support for presenters at the Branch’s meetings, special lectures, workshops and courses. The majority of presenters use PowerPoint presentations. The Branch is also now live-streaming its monthly meetings.

Equipment involved includes projectors, computers, screens, and wireless microphones.

Members are free to choose roles that best suit their skills, interests and time constraints. The goal is to have a number of team members so that work assignments are shared.

Examples of roles available include:

    • Maintenance of an updated inventory of AV equipment.
    • Arrangements for equipment storage, repair and maintenance.
    • Equipment set-up and take-down at events.
    • Trouble-shooting during presentations.
    • Manning a camera for live-streaming.
  • Manning a wireless microphone during interactive sessions.
  • Controlling the sound system for live streaming.
  • Controlling the computer system for live streaming.

Training will be provided!

Education Committee Members

Are you passionate about promoting excellence in family history research? Are you keen to join a dynamic group of fellow family historians? Consider joining the Education Committee and help ensure that it accomplishes its goals for 2019 and beyond. These include:

  • providing a variety of learning opportunities;
  • providing a first-rate experience for registrants in our various educational events;
  • monitoring changing needs and topics of interest to Toronto Branch members;
  • identifying qualified speakers and instructors; and
  • documenting information about relevant learning opportunities provided by third parties and sharing such information with members.

We are currently seeking volunteers with:

  • organizational/technological skills – e.g. to assist in managing our registration and marketing processes, website pages and other social media tools;
  • leadership skills – e.g. to organize and co-ordinate educational events;
  • analytical skills – e.g. to design and analyse client needs and satisfaction surveys; and
  • creative skills – e.g. to identify cutting-edge trends in education for family historians.

For further information, please e-mail the Education Committee Chair. 

If you think you might be able to take on one of the positions listed above that does not have specific contact information, or if you are interested in volunteering for Toronto Branch but in another capacity, please email our Volunteer Facilitator. We’ll do our best to match you to a job that suits your skills, interests, location and schedule!