Volunteer for visitors

Open house to be held Thursday for people interested in manning Elizabeth Lake Visitor Centre.

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and have fun at the same time?

The Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce could have just the opportunity.

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to man the visitor centre at Elizabeth Lake this summer, from June to September.

“It’s a lot of fun. Our current volunteers love it. You get to meet lots of new people,” said Nicole Butler at the Chamber.

You don’t need to know all there is to know about Cranbrook in order to help visitors, she went on.

“You learn lots doing it. All our volunteers do a training course. We teach them that the most important thing is not if you know the answer, but if you know where to find it,” said Butler.

And if you want to go away for a summer vacation, that can be accommodated.

“We are really flexible with hours so if people need time off for holidays, that’s totally not a problem,” said Butler.

The Visitor Centre is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are asked to take a four-hour shift, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You would be working with other volunteers on each shift, welcoming visitors to Cranbrook and helping them with everything they need to enjoy their time here.

“When tourists come in, they are the first faces a lot of people see,” said Butler.

In training, new volunteers will get to know local maps, publications, and frequently asked questions. Volunteers will also be familiarized with local accommodations, restaurants and tourist attractions.

To learn more about volunteering at the Visitor Centre, contact Nicole Butler at 250-426-5914.

There will be an open house for people interesting in becoming volunteers on Thursday, April 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.