Volunteers keep the wheels turning at every canoe club. Volunteering builds lasting friendships, shows you care, and builds community within the club- there are many ways that you can make a difference!  Consider joining the board, becoming an official, making regatta food, or helping to plan one of our events.  Youth Racing families are expected to contribute a minimum of 10 hrs of volunteer-work each summer.  It takes 60+ volunteers to run a two-day regatta, and our club is responsible to fill between 8 and 12 shifts at each.  If you sign up early, there are always lots of different options available.  Check out PICC’s regatta schedule and visit Eastern Ontario Division’s volunteer page to learn more, or visit Ivolunteer to sign up for your shift today!   If you’re interested in volunteering directly with our club, please contact Sarah Kennedy at commodore@petriecanoe.ca

Youth Leadership (14-16yrs)

Taking part in this program not only helps you meet high school volunteer requirements, it teaches you valuable skills you will need to succeed in any position of responsibility and leadership.  Every spring, youth leaders take their CPR C/First Aid and a practical safety boat course, in preparation to work as volunteers with Special Olympic Paddlers (Monday evenings), and/or our Open Paddle (Wednesday evenings).  These sessions offer a perfect opportunity to practice safety awareness and coaching skills.  There is always an experienced coach on-hand during these sessions.

Youth who wish to apply for a coaching job with PICC once they turn 16yrs are strongly encouraged to take at least one year of our leadership program first!

Meet the PICC Team!

Sarah volunteers full-time as PICC’s Head Coach.  A former National Team athlete and Canadian Champion, she loves being outside, helping new paddlers experience the joy of being on the water, developing new skills & abilities, and belonging to a team!

Matthieu has always loved the outdoors and outdoor sports. Currently studying music in Toronto, he has a lot of experience teaching and being around children. During the summers, he works as PICC’s Administrative Assistant, helping Sarah stay sane.
He’s giant with a smile that you’ll see from a mile!  Seb’s a black belt in karate, a lifeguard, a Nordic skier, big brother to three adoring siblings, and on his way to Laurentian in the fall.  Also known as “Groot”, Seb totally craves being outdoors, and is always up for a high five or two!
Leah loves playing games, going on adventures, and learning new things.  Both an athlete and a musician, she’s creative and always on the move.  Coaching at PICC will keep Leah immersed in all of her favourite things!
Tyler is a country boy who grew up paddling at Petrie, catching frogs and turtles, and walking around shirtless.  He has a dazzling personality, which is why everyone at the club has to wear shades.  Tyler self-identifies as “the cool coach”.
Victor is a burgeoning athlete, who just. never. stops (talking)!  Victor fancies himself a Renaissance man, but he’s actually pretty fun.  Ask him about the time he paddled C4 with his face!
Melissa loves being outdoors and teaching people new things. She is looking forward to studying at Waterloo, and is super-stoked to be coaching canoeing at PICC this season.  Like most of us who grew up at a canoe club, she’s fully convinced that paddling is the best way to spend your summer!
James has a heart of gold, and has been volunteering as “Webmaster” for our canoe club since 2016.  He takes great pride in keeping our website up-to-date, clean, and visually appealing.  James also frequently volunteers to help out with various odd jobs around the club, like digging trenches or retrieving sunken boats!



  • Want to play outside, all summer long, and get paid for it?
  • Do you enjoy paddling, and want to give others the chance to enjoy it, too?
  • Are you responsible, fun to be around, and great with kids?
  • Are you an active, enthusiastic person?
  • Are you comfortable on and around the water?
  • Are you creative, independent, and motivated?

U14 Canoe-Kayak Coach
Hourly Wage Rate: 16.00
Number of Weeks: 12
Number of Hours per Week: 40.00

Petrie Island Canoe Club Campers Posing for a fun photo at the beach
  • Learn and apply all safety protocols
  • Operate a safety boat
  • Follow High-Five principles
  • Give instruction in both French and English
  • Teach youth, ages 8-14yrs safety, canoe-kayak skills, and equipment care.
  • Plan and lead activities and practices.
  • Prepare athletes for races. Plan, prepare, and coach regattas.
  • Coach canoe-kayak for children with disabilities, coach dragon boat to seniors.
  • Coach Open House Nights when requested.
  • Communicate with supervisor, coaches, administrator, paddlers, and parents.
  • Lead stewardship projects and facilitate ecological education
  • Teach history/heritage of the canoe, the Ottawa River, and Petrie Island.
  • Valid CPR/First Aid (course to be offered to PICC employees/volunteers on May 4/5)
  • Canadian Boating License (Online test available from several accredited providers. See Transport Canada for a complete list)
  • Minimum of Community Coaching Certification (Canoe Kids).  The Canoe Kids course will be offered on May 25th at Carleton Place Canoe Club.  To register, please contact the provincial coach, Ryan Blair ryanlblair@gmail.com
  • 2019 Police Record Check, if over 18 yrs old (do this now!) Submit form online with the Ottawa Police
  • Several years of experience as an athlete, especially in team sports
  • Sprint paddler an asset
  • National Lifeguard Certification an asset
  • English/French bilingual an asset


Administrative Assistant

Petrie Island Canoe Club Campers Sitting on a log flanked by their coaches
  • Demonstrate excellent proficiency in both written and spoken French and English, addressing each in his/her preferred language.
  • Communicate with participants, coaches, parents, and supervisor, to optimize the organization of club activities.
  • General clerical duties including, but not limited to: answering phone calls and e-mails, mail distribution, filing, coordinating and maintaining records, and coordinating club activities.
  • Taking photos, and maintaining social media.
  • General support for camp activities, operating a safety boat, odd jobs.
  • Valid CPR/First Aid (course to be offered to PICC employees/volunteers in June)
  • Canadian Boating License (Online test available from several accredited providers. See Transport Canada for a complete list)
  • 2018 Police Records Check (do this now!) it takes 6-8 weeks to process. Forms available online at Ottawa Police (PDF)
  • English/French bilingual

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