Volunteer Requirements

All current/past parents, Alumni, and family members of students are welcome to volunteer at the school.

Doing due diligence in ensuring the safety of all of our students, we require that all staff and volunteers at Meadowridge complete a few simple processes before working in the School:

  • Volunteer Criminal Record Check (Free, online process)
  • Read and sign a Code of Conduct/ Confidentiality Agreement

For those planning on driving students (in addition to the above):

  • Driver's Abstract (Free, 3 minute process)
  • Proof of Insurance, with minimum $2million liability (we will gladly photocopy this for you)

To Complete your Volunteer Criminal Record Check

If you have been in Canada for less than two years, please contact us to complete a different form.

To Complete your Driver's Abstract

To drive any students other than your own, a Driver’s Abstract must be on file with the school. This must be renewed every school year.

Call 1.800.950.1498 and have your driver’s license in front of you. To avoid a recorded message and to speed up the process: press 4 at the 1st recording, then 2 at the 2nd recording and then you’ll be prompted to say your driver’s license number. You’ll then get a live person on line and you can request they fax your driving abstract directly to the school at 604.467.4989 where it will be kept on file. This is free and usually only takes about 2-3 minutes.

To Provide Proof of Insurance

Meadowridge requires all volunteers driving students to have a minimum of $2million liability. Simply pop in with your insurance papers, and we will gladly photocopy the appropriate information.

Volunteer Criminal Record Check Process (check with Kalie about including this; I think it may be too long.)

Over the past number of years, schools have been increasingly aware of a variety of risks that may affect students, and so have increasingly worked with insurers, police, emergency responders, the medical community and others in order to understand such risks, and to minimize them so that our children are safe. One such risk is the incidental contact with criminal offenders. Currently, all teachers, staff, and service providers to the school must have current criminal records checks. However, we are aware that volunteers often have great access to our children: They transport them, work in classrooms, help them in a variety of ways, provide governance, and support our school. In many ways, they are the heart of the school.

While we do not believe that any of our volunteers pose a risk to our children, the experience of other schools has led us to consider the use of criminal records checks for all of our volunteers. In order to make sure that this is an appropriate and comfortable experience, we have worked with the Federation of Independent Schools Associations to find a way of providing a criminal records check that is free, fast, and easy for our volunteers, as well as extremely confidential. Now that this supportive process is in place, we are asking all people, including parents, who volunteer at our school to provide us with this additional check so that we can assure our whole community that all possible processes are in place to ensure the safety of our children.

We are grateful to all who volunteer their time and talent to our school on behalf of our children. They can be done here, or in your own homes. It is a free process, and we will get the assurances within three business days. Again, any results will be completely confidential, and the school would not be informed of any background, but simply the decision to approve a candidate.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we constantly work together for the benefit of our children.

- Mrs. Kalie Whitaker, Director of Human Resources

Contact

Carolyn Sapach
Community Development Coordinator, Advancement
604.467.4444, Ext. 126
carolyn.sapach@meadowridge.bc.ca

Kalie Whitaker
Director of Human Resources
604.467.4444, Ext. 149 or 604.476.3042
kalie.whitaker@meadowridge.bc.ca