Community Service Form
A Guide for Parents and Students (includes a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities in Dufferin-Peel)
Student Volunteer Passport
As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grade 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirments, 1999 (OSS), every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility, of the role they can play, and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.
At St. Marcellinus, we support and assist students in finding volunteer opportunities. Please see the information below about "eligible" and "ineligible" activities. Students are also invited to come to Guidance and check out our Community Service bulletin board that is updated weekly with a wide variety of opportunities.
The following guiding principles, read in conjunction with the list of ineligible activities, are intended to assist the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine whether a planned activity is within an approved area for the completion of the Community Involvement requirement.
- An event or activity performed with the community as an expression of faith;
- An event or activity designed to be of benefit to the community;
- An event or activity to support a not-for-profit agency, institution or foundation that conforms to the ethical and religious standards of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Ministry of Education;
- Any structured program that promotes tutoring, mentoring, visiting or coaching, or whose purpose is to assist others who require the benefit of that assistance;
- Participation in an event or activity that promotes positive environmental awareness;
- Participation in an event or activity that contributes to the health and well-being of any ethical group that conforms to community standards or morality and conduct, including school-based activities;
- Participation in an event or activity affiliated with a club, religious organization, arts or cultural association, or political organization that seeks to make a positive and ethical contribution in the community
Ineligible activities include activities:
- that are a requirement of the class in which the student is enrolled;
- takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day;
- takes place in a factory, if the student is under 15 years of age;
- takes place in a logging or mining environment if the student is under 16 years of age;
- takes place in a work place other than a factory, if the student is under 14 years of age and is not accompanied by an adult;
- would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace;
- involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
- involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedures to other persons;
- involves handling of substances classed as "designated substances" under the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
- requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
- involves banking or handling of securities, or the handling of jewelry, works of art, antiques, or other valuables;
- consists of duties normally performed in the home (ie, daily chores) or personal recreational activities.
In addition, the following are also INELIGIBLE:
- any activity that provides direct financial benefit or gain to the student or the student's immediate family;
- any association with an organization, or an organization activity, that does not comply with the ethical and religious standards, policies and procedures of the DPCDSB.
Office/Clerical Work- only qualifies for community service hours if the office/clerical work was completed for individuals or groups providing charitable or general community benefit (i.e. at a church or registered charity). NOT at a private business (i.e. medical clinic, dental office)- this does NOT qualify.
2021 Volunteer Opportunities
The Riverwood Conservancy is offering students the opportunity to volunteer this summer 2021. Please see the attached flyer for details and contact information:
2021 FLYER - Summer Volunteer Program.pdf