Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

With you considering about becoming a volunteer at PRDA, we know you may have a lot of questions.

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get.

Who Can Become a Volunteer?

Anyone who is 14 years of age, but must have horse experience, otherwise 16+ years old can apply to become a volunteer at PRDA.

At our facility, we have volunteers ranging from students to retirees, but all have the same goal in mind which is to make a difference.

Whatever your experience with horses or persons with specials needs may be, we certainly would welcome you to become part of our amazing volunteer team.

Our skilled instructors and staff will train you on everything you need to know.

Is a “Criminal Record Check” Required to Volunteer?

Yes, if you are 18 years of age or older a completed criminal record check is required. There can be exceptions, e.g. with group volunteers for specific projects, but keeping everyone safe is always our number one priority.

What Do Volunteers Do?

At PRDA, volunteering is more than donating your time and service. It is a willingness to be an active part of a larger community.

Volunteers become a major part of facilitating therapeutic riding. They lead horses and support riders in their lessons, care for and condition our horses, maintain our facility, help with some administrative tasks, and assist with special events and fundraisers.

What Should I Wear When Volunteering?

Dress Code

We care about the safety of our volunteers and wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes for the work you'll be doing is one part of that. Please be mindful of your jewellery, too. Anything dainty, loose, or dangly can get caught or broken.

Shoes: Hard-soled shoes are preferred (hiking shoes or boots), but sneakers are okay as well. You will find that in the arenas the sand tends to collect in your sneakers. Ankle-height boots like Blundstones are always popular, too. Open-toe shoes and sandals and slip-on shoes are NOT permitted.

Weather: Dress in layers that are appropriate for the weather. You will also have to go outside to get the horses, and weather permitting, we spend some of each lesson outdoors.

Clothing: If you will not be riding at all, shorts that are at least mid-thigh length (or longer), might be appropriate. Polar fleece is typically not ideal for the barn and around horses because it is a magnet for horsehair. Clothing must not display references to alcohol, drugs/substances, or be disrespectful to other points of view. We are an inclusive and diverse workplace where there is no tolerance for discriminatory behaviour and foul language. Shirts should cover your stomach (keeps the hay out!) and most of your shoulders.

When is PRDA Open?

PRDA holds classes 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday. Our hours of operation can vary from session to session, but our staff is on site Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 

Do I Need to Make an Appointment to Visit PRDA?

Yes. We would prefer you call ahead and set up a site-visit. By scheduling a time to come, it allows us to arrange for one of our staff members to be available to escort you safely around the property and answer all of your questions.

We do require all visitors to check in at the main office, so when you arrive for your arranged visit, please check in at the front office.

What Do I Do Next to Become a Volunteer?

Congratulations, you are now ready to start the first part of joining our amazing volunteer team.

The next step is downloading and completing a “Volunteer Application Form." This form provides us with your contact information, and you will see as well, that it has a couple of forms you will need to read and sign.

Once you have completed and signed all the forms, please return them to us by email ([email protected]), mail (1088 208th St. Langley BC V2Z 1T4), or fax (604-530-8716).

All volunteers 18 years and older, must also complete a Criminal Record Check. We will give you a letter to take to your local police detachment, and there you will complete your Criminal Record Check. In most cases when the police have completed your check, they will mail or notify PRDA of the results.

If you have any questions, please give us a call, 604-530-8717.

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