Volunteers are essential to the PRDA program. There are two main groups of volunteers - in lessons and out of lessons. The in lesson volunteers work directly with the horses and riders, along with the specially certified instructors, to provide fun and therapy for the riders. We need over 130 volunteers each week to assist riders! We ask for a minimum time commitment of approximately 1-2 hours a week during our regular session. Since we offer classes 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, roughly 10am to 6:30pm, you can choose a day and time that best fits your schedule.
To volunteer in a lesson, we will provide you with a 3 hour training session where you will learn PRDA's techniques for: grooming, tacking, leading, side walking, mounting and dismounting. We would be delighted to have you return session after session since experienced lesson volunteers provide stability and a sense of community, familiarity with riders' goals and needs, and proficiency with horses and tack. The bond that riders form with their volunteers is an important part of the therapeutic benefit.
We also offer many important non-lesson volunteer opportunities in the areas of: special events, yard work, facilities maintenance, etc. Non-lesson volunteers are trained according to the specific task that they choose. Individuals who are interested in volunteering in the barn do require a basic training session.
If you would like to take the next step toward becoming a PRDA volunteer, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 604-530-8717
Please note that a Criminal Record Check is a requirement for all staff and volunteers at PRDA.
You can download all the volunteer forms below and bring them with you to your orientation.
Volunteer Information Form
Volunteer Release and Confidentiality Forms
Volunteer Request for Criminal Record Check
PRDA would like to give special thanks to our many, many wonderful volunteers for all the time and energy they've put into helping us and our riders. THANK-YOU!!