2022 Vancouver Dyke March Volunteer Sign-Up
The Vancouver Dyke March & Festival is on July 30, 2022!

*** 2022 Vancouver Dyke March Volunteer Info ***

Without our volunteers, we could not put on this event. We greatly appreciate everyone who applies to volunteer, whether you come for the whole day or just 3-4 hours.

Volunteers must attend a 2-hour training session (by video-conference) in advance of the March. Current available dates for the volunteer training session are: (1) Sunday, June 26, 2022, @ 11:00am-1:00pm; or (2) Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 5:30-7:30pm. Depending on the circumstances as we approach this year's March, we may be able to arrange a further volunteer training date. If you have volunteered for the March in the past, we may exempt you from this training session.

Volunteer shifts and roles will be assigned by July 24, 2022, and will be sent out to all volunteers by email.

On the day of the March, the March begins gathering in McSpadden Park at 11 AM, where our banner for the year is created. The March leaves McSpadden Park at 12 PM (noon) and heads down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival takes place in Grandview Park from about 1 PM to 5 PM. The Festival involves performances from various artists, features queer-friendly vendors, and creates a space to gather with friends, family, and the community. Tear down at Grandview Park takes place from 5 PM to 6 PM.

Volunteers are expected to firmly commit to attending the Vancouver Dyke March and Festival on July 30, 2022, for their volunteer shift. If you are unexpectedly unable to attend, please give us as much notice as possible, so that we can try to replace you.

*** Important Context ***

In the years leading up to the pandemic, a coordinated trans-exclusionary group attended in-person at our march. Our community has worked hard to make it clear that transphobic ideology is unwelcome at our event. However, it is possible this group may attempt to intrude again this year. Other hate groups, such as racist, MRA, and right-wing groups, have attended or have threatened to attend our march in the past.

In most years, the Vancouver Dyke March takes place on a hot and sunny day. We have shade tents available, as well as water and light snacks, but there will be a number of volunteer tasks for both the March and Festival that involve being outside in the weather.

The 2022 Vancouver Dyke March and Festival will be subject to any COVID-19 rules in effect on July 30, 2022.

Our volunteers are an important part of helping to make our events safer and more welcoming for those who attend, but please consider the possible presence of hate groups and the current pandemic circumstances  when choosing whether to volunteer with us this year, and please be attentive to your own needs and capacity.

*** Questions ***

If you have any questions, or would like to be involved in other ways instead of volunteering in-person on July 30, 2022, please email us directly at vancouverdyke@gmail.com.
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Your full name *
Your pronouns *
Email address *
We will primarily use email to contact you.
Phone number *
We will only contact you by phone if we are having difficulty getting through via email, or if there is a time-sensitive issue arising on the day before or day of the event.
Have you volunteered with the Vancouver Dyke March before? *
Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Phone Number *
Which videoconference volunteer training date will you attend? *
This year's March takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Which of the following time slots will you be available for on that day? *
We especially need volunteers who can begin their shift by 9:30am, but we do have some roles to fill that can accommodate later start times. Please indicate at least 3-4 hours of availability in total.  If your availability does not match up well with the list below, please feel free to use the "other" option and write in your available times.
Do you want to march this year? *
We would benefit from the following training, experience, or skills amongst our volunteer group. Please select any of the following training, experience, or skills that you have.
Do you have any other special skills or superpowers you'd like to offer the Vancouver Dyke March?
Bonus points!  Would you also be available to volunteer in the Commercial Drive area on Saturday, July 23, 2022, from about 10:00am to 12:00pm?
 No worries if not. We only need about 3-5 people for this time.
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Do you have any accessibility needs or requests?
Are there any other specific tasks that you are unwilling or unable to take on, or that you would be uncomfortable with doing?
We will use this information to try to make sure everyone is matched with a volunteer role that they are comfortable with. The most common tasks that we will ask some of our volunteers to do, and that we anticipate that not everyone will be comfortable with doing, are set out in the list below, but please feel free to use the "other" option if you have any other specific concerns that you want to bring to our attention.
Is there someone else you want to volunteer together with?
If you both put each other's name in this box, we will try to match your shifts together. However, please note that our first priority is making sure all of our volunteer positions are covered, and as a result we might have to split up our volunteers (unless the match-up is related to an accessibility need).
The Dyke March may record video or audio and may take photographs during the March and Festival. Do you consent to have video, audio, and photographs of you made public by the Dyke March and used by the Dyke March for promotional and record-keeping purposes? *
Would you like to be added to our volunteer opportunities email list for future years?
If you are already on the list, answering "no" to this question will not remove you from the list. You can remove yourself from the volunteer call-out list at any time by hitting "unsubscribe" on one of the emails to the list.
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Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
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