Volunteer - Become a Member

Each year the City invites residents who are interested in serving the community and participating in the direction that the City of Nelson takes for the future to volunteer on a City Board, Committee or Commission.  The deadline to apply is noon on Monday December 29, 2014.


Please submit a cover letter with your qualifications and a completed Community Service Application Form  stating the body you wish to be considered for.  You can apply online, by mail, fax or email as follows:

  1. Apply Online here
  2. Email the completed application form to volunteers@nelson.ca
  3. Fax applications to (250) 352.2131
  4. Mail confidential applications to:

Joanne Caldecott at City of Nelson

Suite 101, 310 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 5S4

 As part of the selection process all submissions are reviewed by Mayor and Council.  All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in writing before the end of January 2015.  Resumes are collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of determining eligibility for placement.

 2015 Vacancies:

Please note the length of term may vary according to the current Bylaw or Terms of Reference:

Advisory Planning Commission [APC]

2 vacancies

The role of the Advisory Planning Commission is to advise Council on matters referred to the Commission which includes land use, project design and landscaping, community planning as well as bylaws and permits relevant to land use provisions of the Local Government Act.  See the Advisory Planning Commission Bylaw on the City’s website for further information.


Cultural Development Committee [CDC]

4 vacancies for community members particularly involved in the dance, literary, music and aboriginal areas of the cultural sector

This Committee leads Council in the strategic planning and development of Nelson’s cultural sector and works in close collaboration with all sectors of the community.  The Committee helps promote a high level of creativity, diversity and excellence in the cultural life of Nelson.  Part of its mandate is to review, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Cultural Policy and make recommendation to Council on a variety of policy and initiatives pertaining to the arts, culture and heritage sectors.  See the Cultural Development Committee Bylaw on the City’s website for further information


Nelson & District Youth Advisory Committee [NDYAC]

1 vacancy

This Advisory Committee supports the Nelson and District Youth Centre (NDYC) staff and youth through transitional times. The NDYC supports youth leadership through its services and programming which includes a drop in youth centre, indoor skate park and a Youth Employment Resource Centre. See the Nelson & District Youth Advisory Committee Bylaw on the City’s website for further information.


Nelson Housing Committee

1 vacancy

This Committee advocates for the development of affordable housing units within the City.  Its mandate is to identify housing needs and priorities; assist in finding collaborative and cost effective approaches; and provide networking opportunities for housing providers to share knowledge and identify opportunities for collaboration; cooperation and sharing of expertise.  See the Nelson Housing Committee Bylaw on the City’s website for further information.


Nelson Public Library Board

2 vacancies

The Library Board oversees policy and sets direction for the Library and is intended to represent the diversity of the community.  Our mission is to engage readers, strengthen community and stimulate the pursuit of knowledge and ideas. Board participation includes monthly meetings and periodic special events. For more information, check out the About Us section of the website, and the policy manual at http://nelson.bclibrary.ca/

Application forms can be picked up at the Library or found online. Please submit confidential applications for the Library Board to: Dianne Harke at Nelson Public Library, 602 Stanley St, Nelson BC V1L 1N4 or email to dharke@shaw.ca.



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