Every year we hear these kinds of comments:
“I love Bath on Canada Day! We come every year.”
“Your parade is so awesome!”
“Our family has a whole tradition around watching the fireworks.”
“I can’t believe how well organized it all is.”
These words are music to the ears of the organizing committee and to the amazing group of volunteers who make everything roll out so smoothly. Over the last few years, the size of the event has grown to accommodate the changing demographic of the Township and the increased numbers of visitors from surrounding areas.
As we work towards 2021 and beyond, the Committee needs to expand so that
- we continue to build our strong volunteer base
- equalize the increased workload and
- incorporate new ideas while staying true to our family-friendly, accessible format.
The Nitty Gritty
In order to equalize the workload, we need to add 4 volunteers willing to act as team leaders
for 4 areas namely:
- Entertainment and Children’s activities
- Logistical needs
It is really important to know
As part of the planning committee, team leaders work with the chair, other committee members and volunteers to ensure that resources are available for their activities and time lines are met.
Within each of the areas listed above there is a core of experienced volunteers who take on specific tasks each year. The Team Leader is not expected to do it all.
If you are the Team Leader for the Entertainment and Children’s activities there are volunteers in place who look after the bike/trike decorating contest (also known as The Great Decorate), organizing the live music, the firemen’s foam, the fireworks and the button design contest. That leaves the organization of the Kids Zone activities as your main focus. Much of the booking for the Kids Zone has already been done for 2021.
The time commitment for a team leader is 25 – 30 hours spread throughout the year. There are 2-3 fall planning meetings, with the majority of the time needed in late April through June. Timelines, contact information and tracking sheets have been developed for each area so you know what needs to be done, by whom and by when.
Each of the other 3 areas have similar levels of experienced volunteer support. Mentoring from the current chair will be available through 2020-2021. Depending on where we are with Covid-19, we may be able to return to our pre-covid format or we may need to use, and perhaps expand, the virtual celebrations template developed this year.
The Chair position needs to be filled as well. The current chair has committed to staying on through 2021 to mentor a new chair or co-chairs so they have an understanding of how it all comes together.
No special qualifications are needed other than being a relatively organized person, excited about working on Canada Day and willing to look for opportunities for partnering with individuals and community groups. The mechanics of planning and the details have been documented for each area of responsibility. You don’t have to start from scratch and you aren’t in it alone.
We will offer a new chair and team leader orientation session in mid-September.
Why would you take this on?
Being part of the Bath Canada Day Committee means that you get to work with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers. You will share the rush that comes with seeing it all fall into place.
You will meet a whole lot of new people and learn a great deal about the village and the surrounding community.
Your efforts will make an important contribution to the cultural and economic life of Bath.
I am happy to meet with anyone who would like more specifics about the planning committee, the role of the chair, specific team tasks and the team leader’s role. Give me a call at 613-352-5670 anytime.
Please consider joining us, you will be welcomed and appreciated.
Chair, Bath Canada Day Committee