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Apply to be a Mentor

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington. After you complete and submit your online volunteer application, a volunteer intake representative from our Agency will be in touch with you within 24-48 hours. In the meanwhile, we want to make sure you have enough information to choose the mentoring opportunity that suits you best. A complete list of our programs is available under our Mentoring Programs tab.

The Volunteer Application Process: 

  1. Please complete the volunteer application form below.
  2. Obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Clearance - An application form and letter will be emailed to you.
  3. Attend an orientation and child safety training session (2 hours).
  4. Attend a Personal Interview.
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Vulnerable sector references require all applicants to provide the following references from the following categories that you have known for at least three years. A total of four references are required.

Please remember to notify your references that they can expect an e-mail or a phone call regarding the management of references, and that a delay in their response prolongs the application process for you.


Please provide one of the following during the last five years: (1) a volunteer or paid work experience within the vulnerable sector; OR (2) a teacher reference; OR (3) a paid work experience reference.

NOTE: PRIORITY REFERENCES ARE VOLUNTEER OR PAID WORK EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE VULNERABLE SECTOR. IF NOT APPLICABLE, A TEACHER OR EMPLOYER IS ACCEPTABLE.










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Please note, your reference must have known you for a minimum of three years.







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If no significant other exists, please provide a family reference (parent or sibling over 18 years of age)







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I acknowledge and accept that this application does not guarantee acceptance into the program, and that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington is under no obligation to accept or assign me as a volunteer in their program, and is not obliged to provide a reason. If I am matched, I understand and will abide by the job description and code of conduct related to my volunteer position. I agree to abide by the confidentiality guidelines of the Agency. I hereby authorize Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington to contact any or all of the references listed herein for the purposes of processing my application to become a volunteer in the Agency’s program. I understand that these references will be contacted in confidence. I hereby waive the right to request disclosure of the personal reference given about me. I give permission for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington to release pertinent information regarding my file to the parent of the Child in the process of match selection. Further, I agree to allow my file to be viewed by Agency Reviewers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, at the time of the agency review, should it be requested. I further grant Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington permission to release my name, date of birth, agency applied to and notice of acceptance, rejection or withdrawal to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and for pertinent facts related to my status to be shared within the movement. I understand this application and subsequent information in my file is the property of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington. I understand that if Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington should cease operation, my complete file becomes the property of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. I understand that the information in my file will be retained by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for a period ending 75 years after the close of my final match. I hereby release and forever discharge Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington, and their employees, directors and volunteers from any cause of action or claim for damages, whether bodily injury, death, property damage, or emotional trauma, anxiety or distress arising from my association with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington. The implications of the waiver have been explained to me. I understand and consent to them. I further agree that this waiver is made of my own free will and without duress.

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