Volunteer


Reach the next level of fandom – Volunteer at C4!

Volunteering for a non-profit organization like C4 is a great way to give back to the community, meet new & interesting nerdy friends, and be a part of the largest comic convention in central Canada! We would be nothing without our volunteers, and you can help C4 be even bigger and better for years to come!

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SWORDS & SABRES SET UP & TEAR DOWN
When: Saturday, August 19th
Times: 7AM – 10AM and 4PM – 7PM
Where: Coronation Park at the corner of Tache and St. Mary’s Rd.
What we need: 10+ people to help us with set up and tear down of the pirate village. If you also want to dress up as a pirate for the day, please get in touch with us!

VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE (mandatory)
When: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 4pm – 10pm (drop in anytime)
Where: XCues @ 551 Sargent Ave.

So this is mandatory if you want to get the volunteer position you want at C4. We need to meet you in person so we can best figure out your skills and how you’ll fit into the C4 Family.

CENTRAL CANADA COMIC CON
When: October 25th – October 29th
Times: *various shifts*
Where: RBC Convention Centre

This year we are looking for volunteers to fill a number of teams (committees) that will work 5 – 8 hour shifts throughout the weekend. There are various points and prizes to be had! Keep reading!

THE TEAMS!
GENERAL VOLUNTEERS – 5 points per hour, 5 hour shifts
Don’t have a preference of what you’re doing at C4? General volunteers help with wristbanding, badging, gofering and supporting other teams.

LINE CONTROL VOLUNTEERS – 5 points per hour, 5 hour shifts
Are you an extrovert and enthusiastic person who likes working with crowds? This team helps us manage lines of thousands of people at C4, both directing traffic, holding up signs, handing out maps/guides, and helping us keep the mass chaos organized!

SET UP / TEAR DOWN VOLUNTEERS – Weekend Pass to C4
Do you work in a warehouse, carpentry, industrial sector, trucking, shipping and receiving? This is the team for you! The set up and tear down team looks after all the math involved with setting up the booths, tables and attractions, they help exhibitors move in and move out.

REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS – 8 hour shifts, 10 points per hour
Are you an administrative ninja that can kick it old school? We have a number of registration areas for exhibitors, artists, volunteers, info booths, and annual pass holders that need a trained team of awesome people to manage. We don’t use computers, just index card boxes, pens, maps, and sticky notes! If you’ve got experience with working in an office, we’d love to talk to you more. *Please note, you’ll have to interview with Violet Paille and be available to attend additional training.

GUEST LIAISONS – Varying hours, shadowing a celebrity
This is a secret team of Ninjas managed by Lisa Barr that is very selective and difficult to join, but if you have a driver’s license, a newer vehicle, are bonded, and have experience working with celebrities, we will refer you to Lisa for an interview.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY
When: Saturday, November 25th
Where: 555 Sargent Ave.
Time: 1pm – 8pm
What’s going on: This is the day you’ll be able to use your points to select prizes. We will no longer be offering prizes to volunteers during the convention hours. We will be giving you more information about this day, as we want to do a volunteer appreciation awards ceremony as well.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
And your friends, relatives, anyone you think would like to volunteer!
Which team do you want to be part of?
Which shifts are you available for?
We will see you at the orientation on the 14th, but please get in touch with us if you’ve volunteered before!

VOLUNTEER FAQ

How can I volunteer for C4?
Are you passionate about nerd/geek culture? Do you love attending C4 and want to take your con experience to the next level? Simply e-mail us at volunteers@c4con.com and join the C4 Team!

What kinds of things can I volunteer for?
We have plenty of events and opportunities for you to volunteer: the Central Canada Comic Con on Halloween weekend, the St. Valentine’s Horror Con, the Manitoba Comic Con, plus our Comic & Toy Expos and Twin Swords Pirate Festival!

What will I be doing as a volunteer?
Our volunteers are often wrist-banding or stamping attendees, “goforing” (go for this, go for that), badging at the doors, handing out bottled water (gotta keep everyone hydrated!), assisting with line control, or helping out at various artist, exhibitor and con booths for breaks. Most of what we have our volunteers do is very simple and easy to do.

What do I get in return for volunteering?
First and foremost, you will earn free admission to all C4 events for which you volunteer. We split our days into shifts so you’re never volunteering the entire day (unless you want to!) and either before or after your shift you can check out the con. We also have a ton of swag (comics, art prints, toys, merchandise, etc…) donated by our awesome vendors and artists that we give to our volunteers as volunteer prizes.

General Volunteers: 5 points per hour + Admission on the day you volunteer
Line Control Volunteers: 5 points per hour + Admission on the day you volunteer
Set Up / Tear Down Volunteers: Weekend Pass
Registration Volunteers: 10 points per hour + Weekend Pass

What if I only volunteer on one day but want to attend the whole weekend?
You can buy a full weekend pass from the volunteer coordinator for $30.00 as long as you’re volunteering at least one full shift on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If you volunteer on Thursday you will receive a COMP pass to attend on Friday or Sunday.

What are the shifts I can volunteer for at C4 2017?
We will be sending out shift information via e-mail.

Where do I go to check in for my shift?
You will use the ORANGE elevator located at the RBC Convention Centre at the corner of St. Mary Ave. and Edmonton St. Go to the THIRD FLOOR, and this is where you will find the volunteer check-in desk. You will use this elevator for all of your shifts.

Will attendees ask me questions about the show?
YES! You’ll be asked a lot of questions, so we suggest you familiarize yourself with the general info like hours of operation, which guests are coming, where everything is, etc. You will be given a notepad and pen to write down questions, plus a bookmark with the programming schedule and directions on it to carry around with you at the show as a cheat sheet. Don’t worry about memorizing too much, you just need to know the basics!

Can I wear a costume or will I have to wear something special?
You can wear a modest costume but please note we have volunteer vests we have our volunteers wear every year. They come in two sizes, are zip up, and will be worn over any costume you choose to wear that day.

Will I have anything else to identify me as a volunteer?
Yes! You’ll also have a lanyard with your name on it that will also act as your sign in and sign out sheet for your shifts. Directors and Leaders will be initialing your volunteer badge throughout the weekend as well as we move you from station to station.

Can I volunteer with my friends?
We love it when friends, parents and kids, and couples volunteer at C4! Because we’re such a huge event however, there are times when we may split you up. It all depends on where we need more people.

How many people per shift do you need to make C4 as awesome as it can be?
Right now we’re looking at 35 people per shift. We will let you know if we fill up and if we need more people.

Can I be dismissed as a volunteer?
Unfortunately, while we want to work with everyone for a great con experience, sometimes that doesn’t always happen. You may be asked to cut your shift early if all our bases are covered, or for other reasons like attitude or behavior. We don’t like having to dismiss volunteers, so it’s very rare that this actually happens.

Is there an age restriction?
We allow people 14 years and up to volunteer at C4. If you’re under 18 we have a Parental Consent Form we ask your parents to fill out so we have their information on file as well. For our underage volunteers we do ask that parents drop them off and pick them up from the venue. We are very likely to make sure our underage volunteers do not go off site unless it’s with a parent or guardian.

Can I use my volunteer hours for school credits?
ABSOLUTELY! Bring us all the paperwork and we will sign off on your hours for school credits!

What happens if I get injured? Is there Worker’s Compensation?
No. You will be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive that states that you know you’re a volunteer and cannot claim Worker’s Compensation Benefits. If you are injured on site we will have paramedics on site to assist.

What if I have other questions?
Send them to info@c4con.com and we’ll do our best to answer you in a timely fashion.