Competition against other nations at a meaningful home Games can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for athletes. It is emotional and unforgettable.

A home Games also can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for volunteers.

All volunteers who put on Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games uniforms will be front-line hosts and ambassadors. They will embody the community pride, diversity and enthusiasm that define the Games. They will gain valuable skills training, and help ensure visitors and athletes from around the world sing the praises of our region, long after the Games are over.

Volunteer tasks can include preparing the field of play, recording quotes from athletes, taking tickets, transporting athletes to events, providing medical services, and even participating in Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Volunteers are needed here, and right across Southern Ontario.

We hope yours will be among the many hands helping us deliver the largest international multi-sport Games ever held in Canada. These are your home games. Seize the opportunity!

Apply at TORONTO2015.org/volunteers

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