The Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre relies on volunteers. They are an integral part of our team. Volunteers greet visitors, take part in special events, help restore boats, are involved in Centre maintenance and work "behind the scenes" in our office.

Why volunteer?

Volunteers use their current skills and often learn new ones. But they always make a difference in the life of the visitors to the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre.Also, it's fun!

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers fulfill many important responsibilities depending upon their interests:

- They often act as tour guides for guests
- They are involved in special projects and events
- They answer telephones, file and assist in office duties
- We strive to make assignments balance the Centre's needs with the volunteers's interests.

As volunteers, we often need to be flexible as volunteers are sometimes needed to help during the day, evening and weekends.

Who can volunteer?

Members who volunteer share a common desire to help others, help the Maritime Centre and the community. Student volunteers, wooden boat enthusiasts, retirees, homemakers, husband and wife teams are all welcome!

How to volunteer?

To get started as a volunteer, just:

(1) Fill out a volunteer application and sign up for an orientation (or you can fill out an application at the orientation). The application is a downloadable pdf, suitable for printing.

(2) Attend a general volunteer orientation. All new volunteers must attend a general volunteer orientation. At that orientation, you will be introduced to CBMC policies, tour the facility, have questions answered about volunteer opportunities, and turn in your application for specific volunteer jobs.

You will be trained in hospitality and history of the maritime centre and the Cowichan Bay area.

Volunteer Profile - Winn Teague

Winn Teague - volunteer

Winn Teague was inspired to join the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society and become an active volunteer in January 2012. His reason, “I fell in love with the new building as it was being built and I signed up to volunteer as soon as it was finished.” Winn admits that volunteering at the Maritime Centre is a natural fit for him. He spent all of his working life on the water. During his younger years he worked on a fishing boat and this was followed by 33 years in the Navy. He has lived on Vancouver Island since January 1960.

Winn volunteers at the Maritime Centre once a week for four hours. He welcomes visitors and shows them around. His friendly personality makes him easy to talk to and he is often found in conversation with visitors from near and far.