Some Christmases I work as much as I can and some I take as much time off as I can. This year the plan was the latter. Having not gone anywhere on vacation this past summer I took little time off and, so, had some time to burn before the end of the year.
For the first time since 1978 Montreal hosted the World Junior Hockey Championships , this time in conjunction with Toronto. In late summer or early autumn the idea to volunteer at the championships crossed my mind, given that they take place over the Christmas holidays. So, I sent my name to Hockey Canada.
Thankfully, I was accepted as one of the 1500 volunteers after police background check. The organizing committee treated the volunteers like gold. They were fed, had the opportunity to go to several of the Team Canada games, had a kick ass volunteer lounge (with massages and foosball!).
My volunteer role at the Bell Center was as an IT Volunteer, which entailed making sure people could print, unjamming printers, and whatever other IT related issues could arise. Truth be told, the IT setup was so well done that most shifts I sat around watching SportsCentre, Spengler Cup games, or Junior games.
Other volunteer roles included Accreditation, Transportation, Hospitality, Social Media, Media and so many more.
I enjoyed my time volunteering, not hard labour so to speak. The people I worked with were fantastic, friendly, and professional. If you have the opportunity to volunteer at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2017 when it returns to Montreal and Toronto you should do it. Or, if you’re in Finland next Christmas, volunteer then.
Go Canada Go!