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Inspire Waterloo Region youth

Many people wish that, while they were young, someone had stepped up to help them better understand the possibilities for their career. As a BEP Waterloo Region volunteer, you can step up to be that person for young people growing up today.

Help us make every day Career Day!

Volunteer as a speaker

Volunteer with our Speakers Bureau

Inform and inspire the career decisions of local students. Apply to join our Speakers Bureau!

After we review your application, we will contact you to discuss your interest, qualifications and expectations. When approved, you can expect to receive occassional requests to share your career story with schools across Waterloo Region. You will have access to resources and training to help you effectively inform and inspire young people in our community.

We encourage our volunteer speakers to share their Career Profile on our website. That section helps educators learn what careers and fields we have available to their classes. Students can also use them to explore career options.

We sometimes need volunteers to help run programs and special events. If interested, let us know!

Ready to volunteer with the bureau? Apply today!

Volunteer as a speaker

As a KW local, I really enjoy the chance to give back and provide some guidance to our eager student population. I think it’s important we give them exposure to more real-world jobs, success stories, and struggles to prepare them for life.”

—Courtney CasselCEO & Owner, Cassel Consulting

Thank you so much for having me visit and be a part of such an amazing opportunity and program! I love the connections, relationship-building and value in reaching our young people!

—Tammi Hall-StollFamily and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region

It’s satisfying to share my experiences with the students. I never had the benefit of someone coming in to share experiences [when I was in school].

—Bruce FraserDirector of HR, Steelcraft Inc.

Volunteer FAQs

Volunteers must be:

There is no minimum time commitment; you can accept only the opportunities that fit within your schedule. Most opportunities are during the daytime from Monday to Friday (school hours).

Prospective volunteers are subject to a review of their application, including an interview, prior to participating in BEP programs. Volunteers are required to follow the practices defined in the BEP terms and conditions, which includes being under the supervision of an educator or assigned school staff for any in-school activity.

When creating your profile, you can indicate your interest in virtual volunteer opportunities, as well as areas within the Region of Waterloo that you would potentially be willing to travel. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that opportunities will be primarily, if not exclusively, virtual. However, if you are open to requests for face-to-face volunteering in the future, we encourage you to include this in your profile. That way, when public health measures make it feasible for face-to-face to connect in schools, you will not miss out on these requests. Your profile can also be updated in the future to adjust your preferences.

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