August 6-21, 2022
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Volunteer Form

Mascot Performer Volunteers

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

Number of Positions:

  • 6 - 10 required Pre-Games: July 2021 – July 2022
  • 8 - 10 required Games Time: August, 2022

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 2022 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 2022 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. This position will have various daytime requirements, specifically Day Camp Visits & School Assembles and the periodic evening or weekend event.

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.

Shelly will be required to make appearances from anything simple such as a photo opportunity ranging to executing athletic sports movements and activities as well as leading students / general public in the signature Shelly Dance.

Mascot Performer Volunteers are required from August 2022 through to Games-time. 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 2022 Canada Summer Games at all times: Inspire. Transform. Unify.

Requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age

  • Between 5’2” 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 from now through to Games-time

  • Able to commit to a substantial period of time during the Games-time dates of August 6-21, 2022

  • 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

  • Adhere to Niagara 2022 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 2022 Canada Summer Games.
  • Motivated and excited about interacting with people of all ages and abilities.
  • Generate trust with an audience to promote fan engagement and spectator 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 (but not required).
  • Additional experience with gymnastics, sports, mime, mascot and/or clowning is an asset (but not required).
  • 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. May be subject to a criminal record check and/or other background checks.

How to Apply: Interested applicants are to submit a cover letter and resume via email to akotzer@2022canadagames.ca with “Mascot Performer Volunteer - Insert Name” 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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