Volunteer

Pride Toronto is a volunteer driven organization. We have 150 year-round volunteers and 1600 weekend volunteers who each play an important part in running all aspects of the festival.

Our year-round volunteer Team Members and Team Leads are divided into 28 teams, each with their own focus. Team Leads/Members commit 2-5 hours a week, increasing as we get closer to the festival to support Pride Toronto and its community, festival logistics, volunteer management, and communications needs.

Our weekend volunteers, who work during the main festival weekend, help make Pride happen across the festival site. Weekend volunteers commit to at least 2 four-hour shifts, and are able to experience multiple aspects of the festival. Volunteering allows a unique way to experience the festivities! Our diverse, dynamic teams provide great practical experience, a chance to meet new people, and allow our volunteers to give back to our communities.

For year-round volunteering, send your resume to [email protected]. Volunteer opportunities for the main festival weekend will be posted in early Spring 2017.

Types of Roles

Pride Toronto offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities; we are constantly looking for new individuals with diverse skill sets and a positive energy to join our team!

Logistics

Calling all problem solvers! Our logistics teams set up the infrastructure of the festival, check in volunteers, help with public safety, and set up our community fair.

Crowd Engagement

Are you calm under pressure? Our parade, marches, welcome centres, and donations stations need you!

Quiet Cultural Events

Are you a people person? Come join our Accessibility Team, Family Pride, the Human Rights Conference, or Clean, Sober, and Proud!

Why Volunteer with Pride Toronto?

A variety of roles to choose from

A great way to meet people

Help support the Festival you love

Learn and develop new skills

Get Involved

Volunteers must complete the minimum volunteer requirements with at least three of the cultural organizations listed below. For details on each organization’s requirements, please visit their website:

  • Pride Toronto
  • The City of Toronto
  • Hot Docs
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Luminato
  • The Fringe Festival
  • imagineNATIVE

Pride Toronto V.A.A.C.T. Requirements

Minimum of two (2) shifts or eight (8) hours. Following the 2016 festival, individuals who have expressed interest will receive a confirmation email from each organization they have successfully completed the requirements with.

Volunteer Opportunities

Donations Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Donations Team works to manage and run the Donation Stations during the weekend of the Festival. The Donation Stations are the on-site mobile campaigns to raise funds through the sale of stickers and donations.

Dyke March Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Dyke March Team organizes and leads the Dyke March, which is a participatory, political, visible, and safe community-driven event within Toronto’s Pride Week. This initiative strives to empower, inspire and celebrate women’s’ and trans’ communities. The Dyke March has deep community grass roots and although a Pride Toronto event, maintains a unique culture and voice.

International Grand Marshal Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The International Grand Marshall (IGM) Team presents possible candidates for appointment as the International Grand Marshall for the Pride festival that year. The team works closely with the Executive Director and Communications Manager to plan and develop a campaign to promote the IGM and a schedule of events. The team is responsible for assisting in the IGM’s travel and hospitality arrangements, as well as facilitating their agreement. The team acts as the liaison with community groups on the appearance of the IGM for events and functions during the festival.

Pride Partners Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Pride Partners is a consultant for the Director of Development. Pride Partners are businesses and restaurant/bar establishments seeking an extension to the hours of service of alcohol. Partners also receive tailored advertising and marketing benefits through their partnership. The Team Lead is tasked with renewing previous year partnerships while identifying and soliciting new partnerships. The advisor will be tasked with reaching a financial target set by the Director of Development.

Trans* Pride Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Trans* Pride Team organizes and leads the Trans* Pride March, assists and facilities the Trans* Space within the community street fair, and organizes the Trans* Community Fair. Each of these are participatory, political, visible, safe, community- driven events within Pride Toronto’s festival. The goal of the Trans* Pride team is to empower, inspire and celebrate Trans*’ communities.

Weekend Volunteer Team Lead – Volunteer Role

The Weekend Volunteer Team recruits and organizes the 500-1000 volunteers that fill approximately 1500 volunteer shifts that are required to staff Pride Week. Under the direction of the Volunteer Program Manager, the Team oversees the recruitment and outreach strategies for weekend volunteers. They will organize and manage the volunteer orientation sessions, complete volunteer documentation, hourly tracking, record keeping, communication and appreciation as it relates to the volunteers.

Volunteers at the intersection of Church and Alexander during the streetfair
Group of volunteers at a table

The Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture in Toronto (V.A.A.C.T.)

This program strives to recognize volunteers who contribute their time to multiple arts and culture organizations throughout the year in the city of Toronto. The program ends each year with an awards ceremony scheduled around International Volunteer Day.