Volunteer Form

Mascot Performer Volunteers

Position Title: Mascot Performer Volunteers
Reports To: Coordinator, Community Relations

Number of Positions: 6 - 10 required Pre-Games: November 2019-July 2021 and 6 - 10 required Games Time: August 6-21, 2021

The above numbers are required to ensure Mascot availability at various events. Mascot Performer Volunteers will share the engagement calendar based on their own availability.

Interactions: Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Staff and Volunteers, Sponsors, General Public

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to the Coordinator, Community Relations, Mascot Performer Volunteers are passionate, energetic individuals that will engage and energize a wide variety of audiences while promoting the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games. In cooperation with a team of staff and other volunteers, Mascot Performers will ensure a regional presence with the primary responsibility of fulfilling appearance requests from community groups, and participate in parades and other social activities throughout the Niagara Region. It is anticipated that the majority of these requests will be for evenings and weekends.

Mascot Performer Volunteers will be more athletic in nature than those required for the Mascot Public Relations Volunteer Program as they may be required to complete basic sport moves (shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, etc.). An appearance fee may be determined.

Mascot Performer Volunteers are required from November 2019 through to Games-time August 6-21, 2021. For continuity of the Mascot’s character, it is our hope that Mascot Performer Volunteers will commit to the full time period.

Mascot Performer Volunteers will represent the vision of the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games at all times: Inspire. Transform. Unify.

Requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age

  • Between 5’4” and 6” tall

  • Able to work in a costume for 30 minutes at a time before resting

  • Able to lift approximately 25 pounds and stand for long periods of time

  • Available to work flexible and varied hours primarily evenings and weekends as of November 2019 through to Games-time

  • Able to commit to a substantial period of time during the Games-time dates of August 6-21, 2021

  • Skills and experience in dance, drama, working with children, gymnastics, sports and previous mascot work are considered assets

  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to effectively and efficiently troubleshoot situations and use sound judgement

  • Available to participate in an audition process in October 2019, date to be advised

  • Available to participate in Mascot training sessions prior to publicly launching the Mascot in November 2019. During these sessions, each performer will learn specific movements to ensure a standardized public image.

  • Adhere to Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Mascot guidelines and health and safety policies and procedures

Qualifications:

  • Outgoing personality with a willingness and desire to have fun as a public representative and ambassador of the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games

  • Motivated and excited about interacting with people of all ages and abilities

  • Generate trust with an audience to promote engagement and interaction

  • Ability to learn and bring the Mascot character “to life” with large movements and gestures while being friendly, upbeat, and energetic

  • Excellent non-verbal communication skills and dance experience are essential

  • Additional experience with gymnastics, sports, mime, mascot and/or clowning is an asset

  • Promote the Games by being highly visible at events, motivating the crowd and interacting with the public

  • Be accountable for the costume, ensuring all pieces are present both before and after every performance, noting any deficiencies

  • Maintain personal hygiene as the costume will be worn by multiple individuals

NOTE: Successful applicants 18 years of age and older will be required to provide an original and favourable Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) date stamped no earlier than September 2019.

How to Apply: Interested applicants are to submit a cover letter and resume via email to volunteer@2021canadagames.ca with “Mascot Performer Volunteer” as the subject line. We thank all who apply and will be contacting applicants with audition information via email, as soon as the details become available.

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