The League is always looking for energetic and enthusiastic community-minded members who would like to help shape the community of Highlands, and encourages anyone who would like to become part of such a legacy to join in. Whether you want to bring your expertise, skills and vision to the board or to a committee, or be an event volunteer, you will be welcome.
In return, you will learn valuable leadership, event planning, project management and public relation skills; help build a strong and safe neighbourhood for all community members; and see your vision for what defines a healthy, well-rounded community come to life.
Learn about the various Board positions below (and download the full pdf descriptions). These short blurbs serve as an idea as to how the board functions, but the team is open to all ideas and strategies to achieve the community vision. We value your expertise and advice, and quite frankly, we need them. You report monthly on what you’ve been up to (at least) and commit to being prepared for each board meeting. If fulfilling one of these roles sounds like too much, fill out our volunteer form or consider volunteering as a committee member.
You are the big cheese: spokesperson for the league and its residents, attender of meetings, public face of the board. You’re an experienced cat herder; people management is your jam. You know what everyone on the board is working on, and get involved as needed. You have a vision for the board and will work to build buy-in with the board and community to execute it.
When other kids were pretending to be Batman, was Robin more your speed? Do you think that the side-kicks are the true superheroes? This is your time. The vice president supports the president and steps up when he/she is unable to serve his/her role. You attend meetings in the president’s stead, sign cheques, and perform duties as required. You work behind the scenes with each individual on the board to get stuff done.
The buck stops here. Budgeting gives you a thrill. You may moonlight as an accountant or bookkeeper, but you also may just be on top of your household finances. All of the money goes through you: you write the cheques, check the mail, write invoices, deposit funds, and manage the league’s investments. You work with the book keeper to keep records organized and transparent, and report regularly to the board and the community.
Are you the first one in your household to make a dash for the phone when it rings? Have you been praised on your note-taking prowess? We’re looking for a detail-oriented soul to be our new secretary. You are the first point of contact for inquiries from the community. You create and maintain league documents, including meeting minutes, and organize shared files. You work with other directors to draft grant applications, file society returns, and submit bylaw amendments.
Let’s be honest: you’re the reason we have money to do fun things. You work very closely with the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission and the board to run events like bingo, casinos, or 50/50 draws. You ensure the necessary paperwork and volunteers are place for these events to operate (we currently host a casino every two years). Ideally, you’ve been through all of this before.
You’re a diplomat and a community ambassador. You lead a committee that works with the board and the City of Edmonton to address the questions and concerns of Highlands residents, with a focus on housing, businesses, and infrastructure. Your big focus right now is on the pot of money the city is investing in the neighbourhood and how those funds should be spent. You also keep an eye on what’s happening at the Exhibition Lands.
You’ve been referred to in the past as a mouthpiece, but you take it as a compliment. You’re one of the lucky ones – you have a committee to help develop communications strategies, messaging, promotions and branding to effectively reach Highlands residents. You always know what’s going on in and around the neighbourhood. You have a lot of opinions about the website and social media, but you are also passionate about reaching those in the community who do not rely on these tools for information. You are the one the media come to when they have questions about the neighbourhood and the league.
An invite to your party is prized. You get joy and energy from a perfectly orchestrated event. This role serves as the official Highlands party planner. Pub nights, the annual pancake breakfast, community league day, Christmas potluck, and the Highlandia festival fall to your highly capable hands. It’s no secret that the volunteer director will be your new best friend.
You’re responsible for maintaining the Community League hall and grounds. This consists of purchasing supplies, coordinating maintenance of league equipment, oversight of any contracts for cleaning etc. and ensuring the building and grounds are kept in good order. This includes snow removal in winter and lawn maintenance in summer. The facility director also is in charge of rentals and maintaining the League online calendar. This consists of answering booking requests, showing hall to prospective renters, ensuring deposits and rental forms are completed correctly, and updating the calendar to show when the hall is booked.
Are you a community cheerleader, eager to get others involved in making Highlands great? We’re looking for an eager social butterfly to be our new membership director. You organize a door-to-door membership campaign and work with local businesses to sell community league memberships. You attend local events on behalf of the board to promote membership to the community and maintain a database of members.
While the events director is the big party planner, you’re more like a cruise director – you’re responsible for ensuring residents of Highlands are having a good time. You have an outgoing personality and enjoy bringing people together. You’re a problem solver: you seek feedback from residents about what programs they’d like to see, and you figure out how to give the people what they want.
The sports director is responsible for supporting and promoting sports programs in Highlands. They review and prepare policy and procedures related to sports programs. They are also responsible for recruiting coaches, delegates coaching responsibilities, and organizing other volunteers (with help of the Volunteer Director). Organizing registration times, setting and collecting sports programs fees, and arranging timetables are key activities. Finally, they are expected to attend zone and other city-wide sports related meetings.
Do you fancy yourself something of a matchmaker? The volunteer director pairs up eager helpers from the community with those who need a hand. You know the skills, gifts, and abilities of neighbourhood residents and use that knowledge to help organize people to help run events like the pancake breakfast or Christmas party, coordinate volunteers to shovel snow, enlist those who are interested in sitting on a committee, and keep track of this precious information.
To learn more about volunteering with the Building Renewal Committee, contact Susan Petrina.
To learn more about volunteering at Highlandia Fest, contact Dan Rietveld.