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oPEO Volunteer Opportunities
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Volunteer Opportunities: Detailed Descriptions

Casual Volunteer Opportunities for All Committees

Event Specialist: Our chapter offers one time volunteer opportunities that fits your busy schedule. We will email volunteers on the volunteer list before the event including event details and help needed. You can decide if you are available and interested then. There is no requirement of how many events you need to attend, it’s entirely up to you. Possible duties:

  • Assist in event set up, such as PEO banners, projectors, etc.
  • Assist at registration table to answer questions and check in.
  • Photographer of the event.
  • Keynote/Guest speaker of the event.

Advisor: Our chapter is always looking for ideas to organize new events. You have an idea/suggestion, we would like to hear it at ottawa@peo.on.ca.

Communications Committee

Webmaster: The Chapter website is a key tool for chapter outreach to professional members, engineers-in-training, students and the general public. In addition to providing information to current and potential members and the general public, the website also promotes and markets the Chapter, providing a means to access services and interact with chapter executives and committee members. The webmaster is responsible for ongoing maintenance of the website with new content and updates from the chapter executive and from each of the committees. This may include creating event promotion and advertising, archiving photos from license certificate presentation ceremonies, and ensuring corporate policies and security requirements are fulfilled. The Communications Committee is also looking at upgrading the website infrastructure into a more modern and flexible platform, possibly in conjunction with university students working as a course-related project. This opportunity provides:

  • Technical challenge by developing or applying of programming skills.
  • Developing outreach strategies, content creating and application of web technologies, analytics and other tools.
  • Insights into everything that is going on at the chapter.
  • An opportunity to work with all committees, executive members and volunteers.

Communications Coordinator: The communications coordinator is involved in planning and executing all communication activities to inform the general membership of events, opportunities and news. This role involves a wide range of activities including website updates, advertising and promotion of events, managing event registration/tickets/payments/refunds, posting Twitter updates, collecting and posting news from various chapter committees, preparing the annual newsletter, coordinating the publication of materials for the Annual General Meeting, records management and archiving, and more.

This opportunity provides:

  • Developing or applying communication strategies, techniques and tools.
  • Developing outreach plans, content creating and application of web technologies, analytics and other tools.
  • Insights into everything that is going on at the chapter.
  • An opportunity to work with all committees, executive members and volunteers.

Contact email: opeo.comm@gmail.com

Awards Committee

Awards Coordinator: The Chapter has a recognition program for professional engineers from the Ottawa Chapter who have improved our quality of life through the ingenious application of their engineering skills. Recipients' achievements are significantly above the normally high standards of the profession. The presentation of this award is also aimed at furthering public understanding of the professional engineer's role in society. The Chapter awards are modelled after the provincial Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) and recognize, through general member nominations, those who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and their community in the following categories: Engineering Excellence; Management; Entrepreneurship; Young Engineer; and Citizenship. The awards coordinator will assist in administering the annual awards program, including advertising and call for nominations, reviewing and evaluating submissions, selecting winning candidates as part of a panel, and organizing the award presentation ceremony. Other duties of the awards coordinator include volunteer recognition, and pipeline award recipients at the chapter level as candidates for the OPEA program.

This opportunity provides:

  • A means to connect with the Ottawa Chapter engineering community to recognize excellence
  • A vehicle to enhance public awareness of the great work engineers do
  • Insights into activities and initiatives undertaken by the local engineering community
  • An opportunity to work with fellow panelists, executive members and volunteers

Contact email: opeo.awards@gmail.com

Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) Committee

Program Coordinator: The LAP committee organizes the licensure assistance program (LAP) and student/EIT events providing assistance for EIT’s licensure process. The LAP links engineering interns (interns) with licensed professional engineers (guides) to provide the interns with guidance and support as they progress towards obtaining their professional engineering license. More LAP information available here: http://www.ottawa.peo.on.ca/Public/pmwiki.php/Main/MentorshipProgram.

Key LAP activities include:

  • Guides and interns recruitment.
  • Information/Training Session.
  • Guides’ Exchange (optional).
  • Appreciation Dinner.
  • Program support by answering guides and interns’ questions and providing suggestions.

Student/EIT events include but are not limited to:

  • Networking and licensure presentation on the topic of licensure process.
  • PEO Experience Requirement Committee (ERC) interview preparation tips for internationally trained EITs.

The LAP committee is always open for new EIT event ideas and speakers. The LAP program coordinator is involved in planning and organizing all LAP and EIT events above. This opportunity provides:

  • A means to bridge between engineering students, EITs and professional engineers.
  • An opportunity to work with executive members and volunteers.
  • Insights into different individual’s journey of becoming a professional engineer.

Note: P.Eng. / EIT is required for this position.

Guide: The Ottawa Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) runs six months annually. Guides from all engineering disciplines welcomed. Commitments include:

  • Meet with intern two hours monthly for over six months in person or use technology.
  • Discuss intern’s issues by phone or email and provide support as needed.
  • Review intern’s experience history with the intern to learn from success and set-backs.
  • Provide feedback to LAP committee to forward to PEO headquarters.

Note: P.Eng. is required for this position.

To register as a guide, please click http://www.peo.on.ca/index.php/ci_id/25664/la_id/1.htm

Intern: The Ottawa Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) typically runs six months annually between mid-June to mid-December. Intern’s commitments include:

  • Meet with guide two hours monthly for over six months in person or use technology.
  • Take initiative and bring issues and questions to guide for discussion and exploration.
  • Review experience history with the guide to learn from success and set-backs.
  • Provide feedback to LAP committee to forward to PEO headquarters.

Note: Job hunting is beyond the scope of the program. EIT is required for this position.

To register as an intern, please click http://www.peo.on.ca/index.php/ci_id/25664/la_id/1.htm

Contact email: opeo.lap@gmail.com

Program Engagement Committee

Program Coordinator: The program engagement committee engages the engineering community to increase cooperation between engineering organizations and volunteering. The program coordinator creates and carries out strategies for executive board and committees to engage PEO members and members of other engineering organizations to encourage volunteering. Other duties include planning and hosting volunteer orientation meetings, networking and appreciation events.

This opportunity provides:

  • An opportunity to work with all committees, executive members and volunteers.
  • Insights into engineering activities undertaken by the local engineering community.

Contact email: opeo.engage@gmail.com

Education Outreach Committee

Outreach Coordinator: The Education Outreach Committee has an important role in the community, we work to promote engineering to youths, students, professionals and the public. By organizing education outreach activities to inspire youth, students, professional and the public to explore engineering as a career. As an Outreach Coordinator your task would be to assist the committee members by attending various community events within a team based environment. You will be asked to join the team during half day or full day events that involve hands on activities at malls, museums or community centers with the Chapter Boundaries. All material and training is generally provided. This role requires someone that is willing to engage and communicate with the public.

Contact email: opeo.edu@gmail.com

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