Volunteers play a crucial role in our organization. Across our country, volunteers are involved in providing services, which improve and enrich the lives of the youth in our Air Cadet Program. Some are involved with specific cadet related activities, while others participate at the administrative and decision making levels of the organization.
Whatever the number of hours you have to offer, you will find the opportunity either to participate in selected activities or to volunteer for a longer term commitment.
We need people like you!
The Air Cadet League of Canada welcomes a large number of volunteers at the Squadron level and in the Air Cadet Program as a whole.
The Air Cadet League of Canada and its partner, the Department of National Defence (DND) jointly support the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, a premier youth organization. The Air Cadet program is a comprehensive program, which is run in a structured, disciplined and safe manner. In this context, it is important to ensure all volunteers are appropriately selected, initially supervised, well- intended, offer skills which add value and complement the program, and are good role models for Air Cadets. Knowing the volunteers, their skills and talents, and their intended contribution is very important to the Squadron Officers, staff and Sponsoring Committee. A team effort produces the best results for the greater benefit of the Cadet Movement.
In order to be properly acquainted with League volunteers and other volunteers, certain information is required. You are asked to complete the attached Volunteer Registration and Information Form. An interview with League representative will be required after receipt of the completed form and a Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening (PRC/VSS). For positions of trust (such as Treasurer and Fund Raising), a Credit Check may be required. A volunteer’s Registration/Screening is valid for five years as long as the volunteer remains in good standing. By applying and being approved, the Volunteer undertakes an obligation to report any subsequent change to his/her situation/circumstances that is of a nature to reasonably and usually require a re-evaluation and re-screening (example, a new criminal offence).
We thank you for your generous offer of volunteer services and hope you understand the legal and moral obligation of the League in reviewing the suitability of all individuals working or involved with youth.
It should be understood that the League’s responsibilities for civilian volunteers complement those of DND and are of a supporting nature. The Commanding Officer and his/her supporting staff have command and control of the Cadets and are responsible for supervision of the training program. To fulfill its responsibilities to the cadets, DND is required to conform to rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada that defined the level of care required by any organization in protecting youth under its direction. This level of care has been defined as that which would be exercised by a prudent parent in protecting their child. As a full, active partner in this aspect of the Air Cadet Program, it is also reasonable that we should also insure that our registration and screening protocols meet the same standard required by our military partners. The military will be responsible for screening the volunteers of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve as well as contracted Civilian Instructors.
This procedure is based on the regulations defined by the national level of the Air Cadet League of Canada within the Registration and Screening Handbooks. In case of discrepancies, the national rules will have precedence.
A volunteer, who wishes to join a Squadron of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Quebec and Ottawa Valley), must read thoroughly the preamble accompanying the Volunteer Registration and Screening document, complete the form and return it to the Chairperson of the Sponsoring Committee.
The volunteer will be invited to an interview with two members of the League.
A League member also verifies the written references entered on the Volunteer Registration and Screening document.
All documents are forwarded to the League Office.
A Police Records Check (PRC) as well as Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) verification against the National Registry of Sex Offenders is compulsory for all.
If you reside on the Island of Montreal: a memorandum of understanding was signed on September 14, 2006, with the Montreal Police department, concerning the verification of volunteers with the Air Cadet League. This verification is free for volunteers.
The Chairperson of the Sponsoring Committee completes Section 1 of the Request for a Police Record Check document. This document can be obtained from the League office.
The Chairperson verifies the candidate’s identity (Driver’s License – Passport – Health Insurance Card – Social Insurance Card).
A photocopy of two identity documents must be signed by the Chairperson.
The candidate signs Part 6 of the document.
The original document and the photocopies of proof of identity (2) are forwarded to the League office.