Below is a brief of what Volunteers that apply must be prepare to do and be comfortable with:
- following pandemic protocols (distancing, masks, hand sanitizing etc.)
- be a team player and follow accurate directive from manager & volunteer coordinator of the plan.
- approach/talk to people to explain protocols of market, give directions to them.
- monitoring & regulating entrance/exit/Do Not Enter zones and line ups.
- be conscientious and courteous at all times.
- Operations will require at least 8 volunteers at any given time in the pandemic model, possibly more. Committing to a set time frame i.e. 3 or 6 months is best for consistency. Volunteers must be available for an orientation session prior to starting. Once the market is has started, we may not be able to accept late/last minute volunteer applicants.
It is important to understand that the market is not operating in the usual manner. It’s get in/get out shopping scenario with a controlled entrance/exit with a soft barrier creating a market compound. This is how it is in order for the market to run according to our city permit. Unfortunately, it’s not the social hub we all love, but the pandemic continues. Our prime concern is keeping vendors, volunteers and patrons feeling safe and comfortable.
Thank you to these community volunteers, in perpetuity, for significant and continuing, contributions to the market:
- Scott Cinello – for partnering with me as co-founder to get this baby off the ground. He was instrumental in designing the market, it’s mandate and curated the original vendor line up. All of which continue to guide the principles of the market to this day.
- Kent Price – shelves/coat rack for the market shed and other ongoing handy stuff.
- Martha Malloy and Connor – x4 promotional sandwich boards (they are so solid!).
- Veronica Park – Illustrator and designer extrodinaire of our postcard – she was winner of the postcard design contest in 2015 – who also designed our awesome 2018 buttons illustrations.
- Nadege Patisserie and The County General for letting us store our sandwich boards at their establishments between market days (pre-covid)
- David Ginsberg of the White Squirrel Cafe – who on his own initiative, rallied a handful of businesses to donate funds towards replacement our wagons and dolly that had gotten stolen from the old shed when it was busted into.
- David Johnston – our website master (who responds to my every self-induced backend panic)
- Nativity of the Mother of God – letting us store our equipment in their garage while we waited for our new shed in 2010. And in 2021 allowing x3 vendors to park in their lot while the Dundas W construction was on and of course water for our hand washing station.
- Claire Midgley (lettering) & Ed DeSousa (background) – painting our ‘Vendor Parking Only’ sign.
- Bob Pritchard – painting our ‘slow down’ cyclist signage, that evolved to ‘walk your bike’ sign in 2016.
- Amanda Pickup – our 2020 COVID volunteer coordinator extraordinaire.
- Also to every volunteer who have given their time to help set up/wrap during the season. Thank you for your generosity towards sustaining market operations.
Special mention: Gay Couillard, who volunteered from our inaugural year, 2007 to 2019! An amazing source of consultation and friendship. Noteworthy: Mike Pettigrew, Sheri McGraw, Tessa Paucha, Arla Good, Jacqueline Bruner, Sara Mclean, Kirk Heron, Shawn Vanderheyden, Georgia Ydreos and Dawn Rzepka.