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Title: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on August 25, 2015, 09:00:12 AM
This is something we always say, but it is always true - we couldn't hold a successful convention without our volunteers.

Yes, it is a small group of individuals who spend months and months of planning and preparation for the convention, but it would all be for nothing if not for the hardworking band of volunteers who come forward to offer some of their valuable convention time to help ensure its success.

Much like the rolling credits at the end of a movie, it's amazing how many people usually end up getting involved, be it for a couple of hours only, or for the whole event. We never underestimate the valuable contribution our volunteers make.

We have a new buzzword for this year

RESPECT

We respect our volunteers for their help
Our volunteers are asked to respect their fellow attendees
The attendees are asked to respect the volunteers who do a great job in often stressful situations

Our volunteers will be wearing their snazzy lime green crew shirts so they are easy to spot should you be in need of assistance. Heads of departments will be in cyber pink shirts!

Link to the volunteer application form will be posted here when the form is live.

Depending on how much time you are willing to donate and what area you end up working, volunteering can be full-on but ultimately hugely enjoyable and a rewarding way to see another side to the convention. Plus you get an invite to the wrap party on the Sunday evening - our way of saying thanks.

The volunteer co-ordinator for The Homecoming is Candace Marbach who has done an incredible job at previous Gatecons. Candace will be responsible for scheduling volunteers subject to their availability and for making sure our volunteers are ok at all times. If you have a problem in making your designated shift please let Candace know.

To apply to join The Homecoming volunteer crew please go to the signup form at the Gatecon website: JOIN THE CREW (http://www.gatecon.com/volunteer)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sharon47 on September 13, 2015, 08:04:20 AM
Cony me in on volunterring. Pretty plead usual spot
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PattiM on September 13, 2015, 09:31:24 AM
If I'm there.....you got me!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: gohrmicia on September 13, 2015, 11:53:18 AM
Hello

I'm from France.
I would like to organize my trip at Homecoming.
If I don't you mind, I think it will a good idea to offer my time as volunteer on the event.
Of course, I don't speak English very well, but I can to be there every days. And, I'm very working woman.

Have a nice day
See you soon

Dominique

Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 13, 2015, 01:26:46 PM
You know me - I'm on board (assuming I can get there /o\).
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on September 13, 2015, 06:19:51 PM
Hello

I'm from France.
I would like to organize my trip at Homecoming.
If I don't you mind, I think it will a good idea to offer my time as volunteer on the event.
Of course, I don't speak English very well, but I can to be there every days. And, I'm very working woman.

Have a nice day
See you soon

Dominique

Thanks Dominique, it will likely be handy to have a volunteer who speaks French anyway as we tend to get quite a few attendees from France. I will let you know when the volunteer form is ready
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Gate Geek on September 13, 2015, 08:33:43 PM
Had a great time volunteering in 2008! I would love to do it again!!!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on September 13, 2015, 08:57:41 PM
Well, I guess you can have my time.  LOL, I guess I better since my name is up there.  Hot Pink and Lime Green huh.  You really want to make sure they can't miss us.  What color are you going to make Security...Lemon Yellow?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 13, 2015, 09:10:19 PM
Well, I guess you can have my time.  LOL, I guess I better since my name is up there.  Hot Pink and Lime Green huh.  You really want to make sure they can't miss us.  What color are you going to make Security...Lemon Yellow?

I was wondering if the Stage crew was going to be day-glo or if they were going to get a more subdued color to blend in better. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on September 13, 2015, 09:57:29 PM
Well, I guess you can have my time.  LOL, I guess I better since my name is up there.  Hot Pink and Lime Green huh.  You really want to make sure they can't miss us.  What color are you going to make Security...Lemon Yellow?

I was wondering if the Stage crew was going to be day-glo or if they were going to get a more subdued color to blend in better. =)

Needs to be day-glo to match the Vangroovy theme. :D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 13, 2015, 10:00:59 PM
Well, I guess you can have my time.  LOL, I guess I better since my name is up there.  Hot Pink and Lime Green huh.  You really want to make sure they can't miss us.  What color are you going to make Security...Lemon Yellow?

I was wondering if the Stage crew was going to be day-glo or if they were going to get a more subdued color to blend in better. =)

Needs to be day-glo to match the Vangroovy theme. :D

But then they'll be all bright and distracting on the video.... XD
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on September 13, 2015, 10:11:58 PM
Well, I guess you can have my time.  LOL, I guess I better since my name is up there.  Hot Pink and Lime Green huh.  You really want to make sure they can't miss us.  What color are you going to make Security...Lemon Yellow?

I was wondering if the Stage crew was going to be day-glo or if they were going to get a more subdued color to blend in better. =)

Needs to be day-glo to match the Vangroovy theme. :D

But then they'll be all bright and distracting on the video.... XD

Maybe a blue?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 13, 2015, 11:35:03 PM


Maybe a blue?

Maybe.  Or - they can be bright and all the celeb guests can just make random comments about them being there.  (B/c you know they will.)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on September 14, 2015, 01:51:22 AM
Don't worry.. Stage crew peeps will still be in black! X
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on September 14, 2015, 03:09:51 AM
Don't worry.. Stage crew peeps will still be in black! X

Until they come out to play at the 1960's themed activities!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Stef on September 14, 2015, 04:46:33 AM
Don't worry.. Stage crew peeps will still be in black! X

Until they come out to play at the 1960's themed activities!

Yay! gonna be so much fun =D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 14, 2015, 01:25:30 PM
Ya'll are cracking me up. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: penjab on September 14, 2015, 03:38:31 PM
I would like to volunteer.  It was a lot of fun doing it at the 2008 Gatecon.  I can work registration and any gopher job or wherever I can be of help.  Candace, it will be great to see you again!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: clairec007 on September 14, 2015, 06:23:50 PM
You can count me in, Paul Brown and JCB know what I do best. Love to help out any why I can. See you all next year.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: sesaworuban on September 15, 2015, 05:23:36 AM
Hiya,

Volunteered a fair bit back in 2005 (my last Gatecon!) and since then I've qualified as a doctor so could do First Aid stuff if people need.

Cheers
Sesa Woruban
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on September 15, 2015, 06:17:26 AM
Hiya,

Volunteered a fair bit back in 2005 (my last Gatecon!) and since then I've qualified as a doctor so could do First Aid stuff if people need.

Cheers
Sesa Woruban

Excellent thanks, can you be sure to mention the First Aid on the volunteer form when it goes live please.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: GenPeanut on September 15, 2015, 11:53:03 AM
Guess we'll all need to work on our tans before the Con so we don't look pasty against the bright shirt colors! :-) And Mags, I'd vote for neon blue for security! :o
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on September 15, 2015, 12:19:36 PM
I'd like to volunteer too.  This will be my first Gatecon, but I do have four years experience with another con.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: TessaMac on September 15, 2015, 02:40:14 PM
Count me in if I'm there. Preferably tech-crew (camera).
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Neverendingimagination on September 16, 2015, 06:16:50 AM
I'd like to volunteer too, I've never been to a con in Canada before but I'm moving to Van for the year. I've got some experience volunteering for cons in the UK, after a friend told me how fantastic the experience is.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Atlantia on September 17, 2015, 06:59:38 AM
Happy to help where I can. Loved doing it in 2008. 😊
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Brenda on September 17, 2015, 10:32:28 PM
Would love to help out too. Was at the 2008 Gatecon and had a wonderful time volunteering. Thinking Tech or possibly Medical if you have it. Just a little background in both. 😉
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 17, 2015, 10:36:15 PM
When the volunteer form goes live, mention any skills/knowledge that you have - like medical training or tech expertise - and Candace (the volunteer coord) will keep track of that so if it's useful/nec'y when setting up volunteer assignments, she has it on hand. 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on September 19, 2015, 12:13:33 PM
Guess we'll all need to work on our tans before the Con so we don't look pasty against the bright shirt colors! :-) And Mags, I'd vote for neon blue for security! :o

LOL, Tan?  Me?  Nope, I'll be pasty.  As for shirt colors, that's up to, hummmm, I guess it's not C3 anymore, C5?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Comtraya on September 20, 2015, 02:02:36 PM
I'll be one of Robbins Jaffa again.  ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Stef on September 20, 2015, 02:20:18 PM
Guess we'll all need to work on our tans before the Con so we don't look pasty against the bright shirt colors! :-) And Mags, I'd vote for neon blue for security! :o

LOL, Tan?  Me?  Nope, I'll be pasty.  As for shirt colors, that's up to, hummmm, I guess it's not C3 anymore, C5?

Aye C3 is no more, Dundundunnnnnnnnn!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on September 21, 2015, 11:32:35 PM
Guess we'll all need to work on our tans before the Con so we don't look pasty against the bright shirt colors! :-) And Mags, I'd vote for neon blue for security! :o

LOL, Tan?  Me?  Nope, I'll be pasty.  As for shirt colors, that's up to, hummmm, I guess it's not C3 anymore, C5?

Aye C3 is no more, Dundundunnnnnnnnn!

LOL, It's BELT!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Gems81 on September 24, 2015, 12:39:03 PM
This is something we always say, but it is always true - we couldn't hold a successful convention without our volunteers.

Yes, it is a small group of individuals who spend months and months of planning and preparation for the convention, but it would all be for nothing if not for the hardworking band of volunteers who come forward to offer some of their valuable convention time to help ensure its success.

Much like the rolling credits at the end of a movie, it's amazing how many people usually end up getting involved, be it for a couple of hours only, or for the whole event. We never underestimate the valuable contribution our volunteers make.

We have a new buzzword for this year

RESPECT

We respect our volunteers for their help
Our volunteers are asked to respect their fellow attendees
The attendees are asked to respect the volunteers who do a great job in often stressful situations

Our volunteers will be wearing their snazzy lime green crew shirts so they are easy to spot should you be in need of assistance. Heads of departments will be in cyber pink shirts!

Link to the volunteer application form will be posted here when the form is live.

Depending on how much time you are willing to donate and what area you end up working, volunteering can be full-on but ultimately hugely enjoyable and a rewarding way to see another side to the convention. Plus you get an invite to the wrap party on the Sunday evening - our way of saying thanks.

The volunteer co-ordinator for The Homecoming is Candace Marbach who has done an incredible job at previous Gatecons. Candace will be responsible for scheduling volunteers subject to their availability and for making sure our volunteers are ok at all times. If you have a problem in making your designated shift please let Candace know.

I'll probably volunteer at least some of my time to help out - it's usually hard work but a lot of fun. I will wait for the volunteer form to go live :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on September 24, 2015, 09:52:59 PM
Can't wait to volunteer! I've volunteered at almost every Con I've gone to except 2 and that was because they either A.) used and abused their volunteers B.) they only had 1 option for volunteering and that was ALL weekend ALL the time.

I usually go to anywhere between 7 and 10 Cons/Expos every year and always feel SUPER weird if I don't volunteer at them in some way or another.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: DarkCity on September 24, 2015, 10:34:26 PM
I can't wait to volunteer again!!!!!! 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: StargateGazer on October 03, 2015, 03:40:46 PM
Would LOVE to help volunteer in some way! Please let me know where I can help out! I've been to lots of cons as well! :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on October 03, 2015, 04:50:20 PM
Great thanks, we will have the volunteer forms up and running in a couple of weeks time.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 03, 2015, 05:07:03 PM
Volunteering sounds awesome..
But I am way too chicken... Lol!
I am sure the guys who volunteer will do a fab job and I can't wait to get to know you all   :) :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sanctuarygirl2013 on October 04, 2015, 12:43:39 PM
I wasn't able to afford a ticket at the moment and now they're saying they may be sold out. I really wanted to volunteer since I live in Vancouver. Do I have to have a ticket to be a volunteer?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 04, 2015, 01:11:33 PM
I wasn't able to afford a ticket at the moment and now they're saying they may be sold out. I really wanted to volunteer since I live in Vancouver. Do I have to have a ticket to be a volunteer?

Tickets aren't sold out yet!  They're still available.

And yes, you have to hold a ticket to the event in order to volunteer.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 04, 2015, 01:17:11 PM
Volunteering sounds awesome..
But I am way too chicken... Lol!
I am sure the guys who volunteer will do a fab job and I can't wait to get to know you all   :) :)

Don't be!  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, since you'll be working with them for a couple hours at least.

And you won't be left to your own devices!  The volunteer coordinator will make sure everyone knows what they need to know.  Plus - you get a cool shirt! =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Barbara on October 04, 2015, 04:56:33 PM
I'll be waiting for the form too.  Volunteering sounds like fun.  I'm a nurse so hopefully that will come in useful.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 04, 2015, 05:04:49 PM
I'll be waiting for the form too.  Volunteering sounds like fun.  I'm a nurse so hopefully that will come in useful.

It will indeed!  Mention that on the volunteer form when you sign up (once it goes live) and Candace (the volunteer coord) will keep that on file. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 04, 2015, 11:59:49 PM
I'll be waiting for the form too.  Volunteering sounds like fun.  I'm a nurse so hopefully that will come in useful.

Yay for being in the health field!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 05, 2015, 05:57:29 AM
Volunteering sounds awesome..
But I am way too chicken... Lol!
I am sure the guys who volunteer will do a fab job and I can't wait to get to know you all   :) :)

Don't be!  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, since you'll be working with them for a couple hours at least.

And you won't be left to your own devices!  The volunteer coordinator will make sure everyone knows what they need to know.  Plus - you get a cool shirt! =)

Hmmm...
I'm trying to convince myself lol..
I think I might offer my services for registration and see what happens..
I'm going to be arriving in Vancouver earlyish to meet some friend who stay there so I can totally do it...
And the shirt is totally the selling point  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 06, 2015, 02:38:13 AM
Volunteering sounds awesome..
But I am way too chicken... Lol!
I am sure the guys who volunteer will do a fab job and I can't wait to get to know you all   :) :)

Don't be!  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, since you'll be working with them for a couple hours at least.

And you won't be left to your own devices!  The volunteer coordinator will make sure everyone knows what they need to know.  Plus - you get a cool shirt! =)

Hmmm...
I'm trying to convince myself lol..
I think I might offer my services for registration and see what happens..
I'm going to be arriving in Vancouver earlyish to meet some friend who stay there so I can totally do it...
And the shirt is totally the selling point  ;D ;D

Registration is very good for meeting people - sometimes you even recognize names.  I met several folks that way - both working registration and going through the line. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 06, 2015, 04:22:17 PM
Volunteering sounds awesome..
But I am way too chicken... Lol!
I am sure the guys who volunteer will do a fab job and I can't wait to get to know you all   :) :)

Don't be!  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, since you'll be working with them for a couple hours at least.

And you won't be left to your own devices!  The volunteer coordinator will make sure everyone knows what they need to know.  Plus - you get a cool shirt! =)

Hmmm...
I'm trying to convince myself lol..
I think I might offer my services for registration and see what happens..
I'm going to be arriving in Vancouver earlyish to meet some friend who stay there so I can totally do it...
And the shirt is totally the selling point  ;D ;D

Registration is very good for meeting people - sometimes you even recognize names.  I met several folks that way - both working registration and going through the line. =)

I shall definitely have a wee think about it then...
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 06, 2015, 11:00:42 PM
I love love volunteering at conventions, especially if it's a new convention to me cause then I get to meet more people. I always feel like I get more out of going to a con and volunteering than if I'm just attending. Volunteering I think you get to connect right from the get go and you have that core group that sticks with you throughout time!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Barbara on October 09, 2015, 07:43:20 PM
I got an email with my ticket confirmation (YAAHHH!!!!!) and it said "please complete the Volunteer Form at the Gatecon site" if you're interested in volunteering.  Am I going blind??  I want to volunteer - sounds like fun.

Thanks.

(If someone points it out and it's right in front of me, I'll feel really stupid.  ;D) 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on October 09, 2015, 08:11:25 PM
Hehe the form will be up and running shortly Barbara
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 09, 2015, 09:55:23 PM
Yeah -the volunteer form isn't up yet.  Don't worry if you don't fill it out as soon as it goes up... the volunteer schedule won't be finalized until... well... after the con's over. =)  B/c we make changes as we go, as that's how we roll!  *waves to Candace*
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Atlantia on October 09, 2015, 11:10:11 PM
Yeah -the volunteer form isn't up yet.  Don't worry if you don't fill it out as soon as it goes up... the volunteer schedule won't be finalized until... well... after the con's over. =)  B/c we make changes as we go, as that's how we roll!  *waves to Candace*

I thought you were Candace! 😀
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sharon47 on October 10, 2015, 11:37:34 AM
Hey Richard

Count me in on volunteering. Arriving at hotel on the Wednesday prior, and available to assist.
Sharon
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 10, 2015, 07:53:33 PM
Yeah -the volunteer form isn't up yet.  Don't worry if you don't fill it out as soon as it goes up... the volunteer schedule won't be finalized until... well... after the con's over. =)  B/c we make changes as we go, as that's how we roll!  *waves to Candace*

I thought you were Candace! 😀

Nope!  I've just volunteered a lot!  And worked w/ Candace at previous Gatecon. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 11, 2015, 04:43:25 AM
Mum got told..
I'm gonna volunteer for registration if possible, I wanna say hi to as many of you as possible  :) :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 12, 2015, 04:10:39 PM
Mum got told..
I'm gonna volunteer for registration if possible, I wanna say hi to as many of you as possible  :) :)

Woohoo!! Registration is my favorite place to volunteer at conventions and it's usually where I end up except at a few of them. So here's to registration volunteers!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 12, 2015, 05:06:05 PM
Mum got told..
I'm gonna volunteer for registration if possible, I wanna say hi to as many of you as possible  :) :)

Woohoo!! Registration is my favorite place to volunteer at conventions and it's usually where I end up except at a few of them. So here's to registration volunteers!!!!!!!

If we both go for it, maybe you can show me the ropes lol! No clue what to do lol!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 12, 2015, 11:36:27 PM
Mum got told..
I'm gonna volunteer for registration if possible, I wanna say hi to as many of you as possible  :) :)

Woohoo!! Registration is my favorite place to volunteer at conventions and it's usually where I end up except at a few of them. So here's to registration volunteers!!!!!!!

If we both go for it, maybe you can show me the ropes lol! No clue what to do lol!

You got it!!!!! 👍🏼 I always end up feeling at home when I help during registration. I used to help run registration for a Con with 40,000+ attendees, this past weekend I helped run registration for another Con with 4,000+ attendees.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 13, 2015, 02:09:49 PM
Mum got told..
I'm gonna volunteer for registration if possible, I wanna say hi to as many of you as possible  :) :)

Woohoo!! Registration is my favorite place to volunteer at conventions and it's usually where I end up except at a few of them. So here's to registration volunteers!!!!!!!

If we both go for it, maybe you can show me the ropes lol! No clue what to do lol!

You got it!!!!! 👍🏼 I always end up feeling at home when I help during registration. I used to help run registration for a Con with 40,000+ attendees, this past weekend I helped run registration for another Con with 4,000+ attendees.

Oh wow!!! That is awesome :D!
Totally looking forward to putting my name on it now :D!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: holliej on October 14, 2015, 09:33:33 PM
Looking forward to the volunteer form being posted. I'd like to volunteer. I've worked all kinds of jobs at other conventions.

-Hollie
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Oleander on October 15, 2015, 03:43:44 PM
I`d like to volunteer too whenever a helping hand is needed. I`m good at body massages  :o
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: awmoore on October 17, 2015, 08:09:57 PM
I do believe I will volunteer. I'm an IT guy :) Everyone needs IT guys.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on October 18, 2015, 04:04:20 PM
I do believe I will volunteer. I'm an IT guy :) Everyone needs IT guys.

IT guys are rather useful.  =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Brenda on October 24, 2015, 07:08:04 AM
I'm still thinking of volunteering. I did so for the 2008 event and had a blast working in the Legends room. This year, though, I'm going with a newbie who's never been to a big convention. I'm pleased and excited to show her everything and experience it through her eyes, but she wasn't keen on volunteering herself. Being so new and not really knowing too many people yet, I think she was afraid she would be abandoned.

If I can convince her of the fun of volunteering, is there a chance we could be put together to work? That way, she would at least start off hanging with someone she knows and will feel more comfortable and less out of her element.

I'm certain that by the end of the weekend, she'll have a ton new friends though. ;)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on October 24, 2015, 07:52:20 AM
Hi Brenda,
Definitely mention staying together on the volunteer form when it goes live so Candace can plan accordingly.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 25, 2015, 10:59:10 PM
I'm still thinking of volunteering. I did so for the 2008 event and had a blast working in the Legends room. This year, though, I'm going with a newbie who's never been to a big convention. I'm pleased and excited to show her everything and experience it through her eyes, but she wasn't keen on volunteering herself. Being so new and not really knowing too many people yet, I think she was afraid she would be abandoned.

If I can convince her of the fun of volunteering, is there a chance we could be put together to work? That way, she would at least start off hanging with someone she knows and will feel more comfortable and less out of her element.

I'm certain that by the end of the weekend, she'll have a ton new friends though. ;)

I'm betting it won't take all weekend for her to find a bunch of new friends! ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 26, 2015, 02:48:23 PM
I tried to convince my mum to volunteer with me, but she isn't for doing it...
So it is just gonna be me...
Mum can go do something else..
Brenda, if your friend doesn't want to volunteer they can hang with my mum :D She doesn't bite, I promise!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 27, 2015, 01:07:12 AM
I do believe I will volunteer. I'm an IT guy :) Everyone needs IT guys.

IT peeps are always needed at every convention so I'm sure your skills will be loved!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on October 27, 2015, 03:07:24 PM
The Volunteer application form is now live at the website...although we are referring to the volunteers as 'crew' from now on, and will be using the word crew rather than volunteer on the t-shirts.

JOIN THE CREW (http://www.gatecon.com/volunteer)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on October 27, 2015, 03:57:51 PM
WOOOHOOOO!!!!
That's me applied to be a volunteer!!!!
Totally excited now, fingers crossed :D!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Barbara on October 27, 2015, 04:10:15 PM
Yup, I just signed up too.  I've never been a volunteer at a convention but it sounds like fun.  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Comtraya on October 27, 2015, 04:36:34 PM

If I can convince her of the fun of volunteering, is there a chance we could be put together to work? That way, she would at least start off hanging with someone she knows and will feel more comfortable and less out of her element.

I'm certain that by the end of the weekend, she'll have a ton new friends though. ;)

I'm betting it won't take all weekend for her to find a bunch of new friends! ;D

Think if it this way...by volunteering you will get to meet a small group of volunteers first. Then the other attendees through volunteering. It's fun. And yes make sure you are together.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Comtraya on October 27, 2015, 04:58:58 PM
Oh and I just signed up for volunteering. :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Atlantia on October 28, 2015, 07:02:14 AM
Voluteer form completed. *Tick* 😊
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Gems81 on October 29, 2015, 03:52:56 AM
The Volunteer application form is now live at the website...although we are referring to the volunteers as 'crew' from now on, and will be using the word crew rather than volunteer on the t-shirts.

JOIN THE CREW (http://www.gatecon.com/volunteer)

Great! Crew sounds so much better than Volunteer - I'll complete my form ASAP. Do you guys need the forms back by a certain time? X
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on October 29, 2015, 04:37:37 PM
Got my application in for volunteering and I'm super excited!!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on November 01, 2015, 12:14:34 PM
I'm trying to figure out how many days and in what areas I want to sign up.  I'm interested in several areas and have some questions;

1.  Registration  - I would also like to do the Harbour Cruise.  Would this be doable?
2.  Monitor doors/panels - I'm assuming that if I'm "on duty" I wouldn't be able to take pictures, right?  Would it be possible to sit down during some panels so I could shoot some photos?
3.  I'll be arriving in Van on the 6th.  Would help be needed prior to the 8th for set-up?  If my friend can't make it, I would be willing to help with that.

There are a few other areas I'd like to work.  Maybe I should just check "wherever needed"   :)

Thanks
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on November 01, 2015, 03:22:16 PM
Hi Pam,

Yes the reg desk will be open before and after the cruise to let those going on it register so will also be the chance to work the desk as well - unless of course absolutely everybody wants to go on the cruise in which case we may have to do registration en route hehe.

Seriously though, depending on the uptake for the cruise, we will likely set aside a certain hour or so after we get back that will be registration for cruise goers only. Those not taking part in the cruise will be encouraged to register during the cruise hours.

Once the panel is underway it should be fine for you to get some shots in...just remember it will be non flash after the first five minutes.

Will definitely let you know about any pre-event help. Thanks.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Oleander on November 01, 2015, 03:43:31 PM
I did it and signed up for volunteering  ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on November 01, 2015, 09:51:41 PM
I'm trying to figure out how many days and in what areas I want to sign up.  I'm interested in several areas and have some questions;

1.  Registration  - I would also like to do the Harbour Cruise.  Would this be doable?
2.  Monitor doors/panels - I'm assuming that if I'm "on duty" I wouldn't be able to take pictures, right?  Would it be possible to sit down during some panels so I could shoot some photos?
3.  I'll be arriving in Van on the 6th.  Would help be needed prior to the 8th for set-up?  If my friend can't make it, I would be willing to help with that.

There are a few other areas I'd like to work.  Maybe I should just check "wherever needed"   :)

Thanks

I didn't even think about the whole working registration and going on the cruise thing, thanks for asking that!

Hi Pam,

Yes the reg desk will be open before and after the cruise to let those going on it register so will also be the chance to work the desk as well - unless of course absolutely everybody wants to go on the cruise in which case we may have to do registration en route hehe.

Seriously though, depending on the uptake for the cruise, we will likely set aside a certain hour or so after we get back that will be registration for cruise goers only. Those not taking part in the cruise will be encouraged to register during the cruise hours.

Once the panel is underway it should be fine for you to get some shots in...just remember it will be non flash after the first five minutes.

Will definitely let you know about any pre-event help. Thanks.

Thanks for the consistent awesome information! I'm getting the feeling that you've co-organized a few of these guys  ;)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on November 02, 2015, 12:21:47 AM
 Submitted application.  I forgot to add that I am willing to help out with pre-con activities.  Also, I'm not leaving Vancouver until the 14th, so there is a chance that I could help with post-con activities too.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on November 02, 2015, 12:37:20 PM
Richard...
I think my mother and I will be there on around the 5th or 6th! If you are needing some set-up help I am willing to give up some time...
We are staying a few days after so that is going to be our 'sightseeing' time but I am happy to give up time before the con :D!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Oleander on November 03, 2015, 04:54:48 AM
Hi Richard,
I managed to stay longer so if a hand is needed for pre- or post-con activities I`m in  :D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 04, 2015, 07:26:16 PM
Hi Pam,

Yes the reg desk will be open before and after the cruise to let those going on it register so will also be the chance to work the desk as well - unless of course absolutely everybody wants to go on the cruise in which case we may have to do registration en route hehe.

Floating registration?  That sounds like either fun or chaos... tho, those can be interchangeable. =)


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Seriously though, depending on the uptake for the cruise, we will likely set aside a certain hour or so after we get back that will be registration for cruise goers only. Those not taking part in the cruise will be encouraged to register during the cruise hours.

We've done that before - had registration open and ONLY let folks going to a pre-con event go through until they were all set, then opened it up for everyone else; or had the pre-con event folks roll through once they return. 

Registration is open every day of the con too - for a few hours anyway.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on November 05, 2015, 10:42:23 PM
What if at registration we had an express lane for those that are on the cruise? That is, if we start to see a back up of any kind at reg. Just an idea!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Atlantia on November 06, 2015, 04:03:38 AM
What if at registration we had an express lane for those that are on the cruise? That is, if we start to see a back up of any kind at reg. Just an idea!

Sounds like a good idea. 😊
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on November 06, 2015, 05:55:36 AM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on November 06, 2015, 11:36:47 PM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.

Do you think we will really have 400 attendees for the cruise?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 08, 2015, 01:58:50 PM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.

Do you think we will really have 400 attendees for the cruise?

A lot of it will depend on the overall price of the cruise, but anything is possible!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on November 08, 2015, 04:19:55 PM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.

Do you think we will really have 400 attendees for the cruise?

A lot of it will depend on the overall price of the cruise, but anything is possible!

I'm guessing that if you have put your name down to 'do' registration then there isn't much point in going on the cruise? Hmmm.... Decisions, decisions!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 08, 2015, 04:29:43 PM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.

Do you think we will really have 400 attendees for the cruise?

A lot of it will depend on the overall price of the cruise, but anything is possible!

I'm guessing that if you have put your name down to 'do' registration then there isn't much point in going on the cruise? Hmmm.... Decisions, decisions!

No - if you sign up to do registration, 2 things - 1) registration happens every day, so you could be scheduled for a different day; 2) you may not be slotted to work registration if there isn't space and may get a different assignment.

Go ahead and sign-up for the cruise if you want to go on it (and buy your ticket when they go on sale) - Volunteer positions won't interfere with add-ons like that.  Closer to the actual convention, when Candace starts working out the volunteer shifts, she'll take the 'extras' into consideration. 

Plan for all the things you want to do.  =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on November 09, 2015, 12:29:29 PM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.

Do you think we will really have 400 attendees for the cruise?

A lot of it will depend on the overall price of the cruise, but anything is possible!

I'm guessing that if you have put your name down to 'do' registration then there isn't much point in going on the cruise? Hmmm.... Decisions, decisions!

No - if you sign up to do registration, 2 things - 1) registration happens every day, so you could be scheduled for a different day; 2) you may not be slotted to work registration if there isn't space and may get a different assignment.

Go ahead and sign-up for the cruise if you want to go on it (and buy your ticket when they go on sale) - Volunteer positions won't interfere with add-ons like that.  Closer to the actual convention, when Candace starts working out the volunteer shifts, she'll take the 'extras' into consideration. 

Plan for all the things you want to do.  =)

Ahhh, okay... I didn't think of this at all...
I was just thinking that I was gonna do registration on the first day and that was that!! Haha
Oh well.. I'll see what I can get booked then haha! :)!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on November 09, 2015, 01:00:40 PM
We will definitely work things around the add-ons. Would hate for anyone to mis out on the cruise in order to man the reg desk.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on November 10, 2015, 11:15:37 AM
Very good idea.

It will really depend on the uptake for the cruise. If we get say 400 sign up for it we would need the whole desk to get them registered before or after the cruise.

Will know more later on.

Do you think we will really have 400 attendees for the cruise?

A lot of it will depend on the overall price of the cruise, but anything is possible!

I'm guessing that if you have put your name down to 'do' registration then there isn't much point in going on the cruise? Hmmm.... Decisions, decisions!

No - if you sign up to do registration, 2 things - 1) registration happens every day, so you could be scheduled for a different day; 2) you may not be slotted to work registration if there isn't space and may get a different assignment.

Go ahead and sign-up for the cruise if you want to go on it (and buy your ticket when they go on sale) - Volunteer positions won't interfere with add-ons like that.  Closer to the actual convention, when Candace starts working out the volunteer shifts, she'll take the 'extras' into consideration. 

Plan for all the things you want to do.  =)

We can sign up for the cruise now?  Where?  Thanks
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 10, 2015, 08:17:00 PM

No - if you sign up to do registration, 2 things - 1) registration happens every day, so you could be scheduled for a different day; 2) you may not be slotted to work registration if there isn't space and may get a different assignment.

Go ahead and sign-up for the cruise if you want to go on it (and buy your ticket when they go on sale) - Volunteer positions won't interfere with add-ons like that.  Closer to the actual convention, when Candace starts working out the volunteer shifts, she'll take the 'extras' into consideration. 

Plan for all the things you want to do.  =)

We can sign up for the cruise now?  Where?  Thanks

Not yet.  They haven't announced it, that was a general 'when it becomes available, go ahead and sign up', as in 'don't plan your other activities around your potential volunteer assignment'.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on November 19, 2015, 12:51:01 AM
Good to know!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on November 19, 2015, 05:55:52 PM

No - if you sign up to do registration, 2 things - 1) registration happens every day, so you could be scheduled for a different day; 2) you may not be slotted to work registration if there isn't space and may get a different assignment.

Go ahead and sign-up for the cruise if you want to go on it (and buy your ticket when they go on sale) - Volunteer positions won't interfere with add-ons like that.  Closer to the actual convention, when Candace starts working out the volunteer shifts, she'll take the 'extras' into consideration. 

Plan for all the things you want to do.  =)

We can sign up for the cruise now?  Where?  Thanks

Not yet.  They haven't announced it, that was a general 'when it becomes available, go ahead and sign up', as in 'don't plan your other activities around your potential volunteer assignment'.

And then I am guessing we just let the person in charge of organising the volunteers know that we are attending certain add ons?
Seems obvious now I have typed it, but what the hell LMAO!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on November 19, 2015, 06:09:52 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 19, 2015, 09:52:26 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on November 20, 2015, 03:28:50 AM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Barbara on November 20, 2015, 12:50:48 PM
When I signed up as a volunteer, I mentioned that I was a Registered Nurse.  I just want to point out that, as a trained professional, I am fully qualified to provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to any guests that might require...resuscitating.   ;) ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 20, 2015, 03:09:05 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬

Who said I got up? muahahahahahaha
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: DarkCity on November 20, 2015, 11:37:33 PM

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬

Who said I got up? muahahahahahaha

Now now you are both pretty  :-*
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on November 22, 2015, 03:07:29 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬

Who said I got up? muahahahahahaha

You guys crack me up!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: +ChangesAT on November 22, 2015, 04:55:00 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬

Who said I got up? muahahahahahaha

You guys crack me up!!!! ;D ;D ;D

I love the comedy that happens here! You should do like a 10min set change performance  ;) Or a short comedy show too would be sufficient  ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 22, 2015, 07:15:01 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬

Who said I got up? muahahahahahaha

You guys crack me up!!!! ;D ;D ;D

I love the comedy that happens here! You should do like a 10min set change performance  ;) Or a short comedy show too would be sufficient  ;D

Richard... I think they're starting to think we like each other........  XD
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on November 22, 2015, 07:59:06 PM
You don't even have to do that...I'll be giving Candace a complete list of all the volunteers nearer the time and it will have marked on there who has booked on to what extras.

Aren't we kind? 😎

I see you trying to convince people that you're so nice and sweet....... :P~

Of course I am. Did I give you permission to get up from that registration desk? SIIIIIITT 😬

Who said I got up? muahahahahahaha

You guys crack me up!!!! ;D ;D ;D

I love the comedy that happens here! You should do like a 10min set change performance  ;) Or a short comedy show too would be sufficient  ;D

Richard... I think they're starting to think we like each other........  XD

Quick, say something insulting 😄
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on November 22, 2015, 08:56:39 PM

Richard... I think they're starting to think we like each other........  XD

Quick, say something insulting 😄

No!  Then I'll get kicked off the boards for being a big meanie!  XD
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Brenda on December 06, 2015, 10:03:47 PM
Just dropping a quick note that Connie and I have filled out the volunteer form. Hope we can be of help next year and make a few new friends in the process. 😉
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on December 07, 2015, 10:48:38 AM

Richard... I think they're starting to think we like each other........  XD

Quick, say something insulting 😄

No!  Then I'll get kicked off the boards for being a big meanie!  XD

If you wanna be a meanie dude, go ahead... I've got your back hahaha!!!!
(just don't kick me off for being a co-conspirator! haha)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Red on December 07, 2015, 12:54:43 PM
Signed up for The Cruise, The Bus Tour and The Banquet.  Definitely buying tickets but if I can help for any or all of the 3 events, count me in. As mentioned before, I have a LOT of experience herding enthusiastic Stargate fans.  ;-)   Is it too early to start counting the days ??  We need a counter on the website !!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: gatetraveler on December 07, 2015, 01:40:07 PM
I've also signed up to volunteer but for a limited shift.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on December 07, 2015, 06:01:51 PM
Signed up for The Cruise, The Bus Tour and The Banquet.  Definitely buying tickets but if I can help for any or all of the 3 events, count me in. As mentioned before, I have a LOT of experience herding enthusiastic Stargate fans.  ;-)   Is it too early to start counting the days ??  We need a counter on the website !!

Make sure you fill out the Volunteer form on the Gatecon site so it can be forwarded to the volunteer coordinator! =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: TessaMac on January 02, 2016, 12:53:23 PM
For Candace Marbach: I signed up (Tessa Carati), but have since then acquired a resuscitation certificate (CPR and AED), which will still be valid during the duration of Gatecon. Could you add that to my skills? In case it is needed. Thanks.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on January 02, 2016, 04:57:54 PM
For Candace Marbach: I signed up (Tessa Carati), but have since then acquired a resuscitation certificate (CPR and AED), which will still be valid during the duration of Gatecon. Could you add that to my skills? In case it is needed. Thanks.

Thanks Tessa, I'll add that onto the database :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on February 06, 2016, 09:16:18 PM
I wish to apply, but have no idea of my availability until a more precise activities/itinerary layout is available. Would it be best for me to wait or may I already apply and inform later as to how much exactly I could work ?

Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on February 07, 2016, 04:07:05 AM
I'd definitely suggest the latter. Candace won't be assigning anything until much nearer the time so having you on the vous list now would be perfect.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on February 07, 2016, 04:29:55 AM
Will do ! Thank you !!  ;D




aaand done !
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Heidi on February 29, 2016, 11:32:03 PM
I hope volunteers are still be accepted, I've just sent in my volunteer information!
I had no idea how limited I am in my "skills" I sound kinda lame.
I hope to be able to add more to my volunteer experience, like First aid or maybe get to volunteer at another convention.
 If I'm able to expand on that list should I let someone know or does it not matter?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on March 01, 2016, 12:56:19 AM
I hope volunteers are still be accepted, I've just sent in my volunteer information!
I had no idea how limited I am in my "skills" I sound kinda lame.
I hope to be able to add more to my volunteer experience, like First aid or maybe get to volunteer at another convention.
 If I'm able to expand on that list should I let someone know or does it not matter?

If you add to your skillset, let Richard know and he can pass the info to the Volunteer Coordinator.

And - don't worry if you don't think you have enough 'skills' - you have plenty!  We need people with noses and chins and stuff.  If you have those, you're good! =)

Joking aside - there are lots of things that we need people to do that don't require specialized skills.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on March 07, 2016, 05:08:52 PM
Do we have to let anyone know if we booked the cruise or banquet or will you guys figure that part out yourselves LOL!
Cause I'm pretty sure I put down that I could help with registration but wasn't sure how that would work with the cruise being on the same day (at the time I wasn't planning on going on the cruise... Now I am, but would still like to help somewhere along the line...)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on March 07, 2016, 06:38:55 PM
Do we have to let anyone know if we booked the cruise or banquet or will you guys figure that part out yourselves LOL!
Cause I'm pretty sure I put down that I could help with registration but wasn't sure how that would work with the cruise being on the same day (at the time I wasn't planning on going on the cruise... Now I am, but would still like to help somewhere along the line...)

It's all in the data that Richard has and will give to the Vol Coord.  Registration runs the whole weekend, so don't sweat that you won't have a chance. 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on March 08, 2016, 08:35:12 AM
Do we have to let anyone know if we booked the cruise or banquet or will you guys figure that part out yourselves LOL!
Cause I'm pretty sure I put down that I could help with registration but wasn't sure how that would work with the cruise being on the same day (at the time I wasn't planning on going on the cruise... Now I am, but would still like to help somewhere along the line...)

It's all in the data that Richard has and will give to the Vol Coord.  Registration runs the whole weekend, so don't sweat that you won't have a chance.

Cheers Pal! Totally looking forward to giving some of my time :)! EXCITEEEEEEED!!!!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on March 16, 2016, 02:28:17 PM
Just wondering: will volunteers be needed on the cruise?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: jel54 on April 13, 2016, 07:24:18 AM
Hi im from the UK and if you need any spare volunteers i would be happy to lend myself if needed.

Please put me with RDA preferably or the other stars pleases.  I will do my job with honour and courtesy.

Thanks

Janet
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on April 13, 2016, 07:22:49 PM
Hi im from the UK and if you need any spare volunteers i would be happy to lend myself if needed.

Please put me with RDA preferably or the other stars pleases.  I will do my job with honour and courtesy.

Thanks

Janet

Make sure you've filled out the volunteer form on the Gatecon website.  We won't be able to place you in a volunteer role if you don't.

Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on April 14, 2016, 01:46:59 AM
Just wondering: will volunteers be needed on the cruise?

Not an official answer, but I don't believe so.  The cruise is a 'fun' add-on bit and the Gatecon staff folks (like Richard and GenPeanut) will (probably) be the 'volunteers' on the cruise.    This lets those who would be con-volunteers have FUN on the fun event. XD

(( and if i am 100% ttly wrong about this, Richard will show up to correct me XD ))
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on April 14, 2016, 01:51:09 AM
You are spot on! the cruise won't need volunteers and it will be a chance for those going to kick back and relax.. I hope!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on April 17, 2016, 11:18:00 AM
Thanks for the info.  I'm booked for the cruise and have signed up for volunteering so I was just wondering. 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on April 18, 2016, 05:57:40 PM
Just wondering: will volunteers be needed on the cruise?

Not an official answer, but I don't believe so.  The cruise is a 'fun' add-on bit and the Gatecon staff folks (like Richard and GenPeanut) will (probably) be the 'volunteers' on the cruise.    This lets those who would be con-volunteers have FUN on the fun event. XD

(( and if i am 100% ttly wrong about this, Richard will show up to correct me XD ))

I didn't even think of this...
Glad you have shone a light in this area haha!
At least I now know I can hold my sick bucket and not have to say anything to anyone haha!!
(Just kidding BTW)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: gatetraveler on April 26, 2016, 06:48:09 PM
Am I still on the volunteer list?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on April 27, 2016, 04:12:53 PM
Am I still on the volunteer list?

If you filled out the volunteer sign-up form and haven't informed Richard that you would like to be removed, then you are still on the list. 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Topazowl on May 31, 2016, 01:34:38 PM
I'll give you a few hours but I have booked to do everything including early Sunday morning meditation! If you can fit me around that, I'll be quite happy to help!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on June 02, 2016, 02:34:51 PM
I'll give you a few hours but I have booked to do everything including early Sunday morning meditation! If you can fit me around that, I'll be quite happy to help!

Make sure you've filled in the volunteer form and submitted it.  Candance will wave her magic wand and get everyone set up somehow if she can.  =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on June 14, 2016, 11:39:21 PM
Please everyone who is thinking of Volunteering, please be sure to fill out the form.  I will tell you this, you will be tired but it is so worth it.  Never think that we won't use you, even if it's just for a couple of hours, your help will be appreciated.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on July 13, 2016, 09:09:20 AM
I cannot for the life of me remember if I did or not apply to volunteer... I remember considering it, but can't remember if I filled the form and have yet to receive any sort of information via email.
So, I guess either way it's too late? :P #queenofstoopid

Seat is L33
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on July 13, 2016, 10:29:41 AM
Hi Sarah,

yes you did thanks, we have you on the list.
Candace is due to contact all the volunteers shortly, though I'm also about to put a final request out for anyone else who wants to sign up first.

Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on July 14, 2016, 03:45:37 AM
THAAAANK YOU dearie. Working nights and overtime do not work well for my memory lol
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on July 14, 2016, 12:26:12 PM
Final Call for Volunteers...

Huge thanks to everyone who has already sent in a volunteer form - you will be hearing from Candace very soon.

But there is still time to join the crew for The Homecoming - this is our final call for volunteers, so if you are willing to donate some of your convention time to help the event run smoothly, we would really appreciate it.

As a volunteer you get the full convention experience by helping to make the event a success...and you get a free crew t-shirt too!

What's more as a volunteer you are invited to the last official party of the convention - the newly renamed El Crew Tortilla Wrap Party!

We are going with a Mexican theme for the wrap party so be prepared for food and music to match.
You will be greeted with a complimentary mojito (or soft drink alternative), Mexican style buffet (with Vegan options), Mariachi music playing, a selfie area where you can stand behind Mexican-themed cutouts and more. Plus of course some of our guests are expected to drop by.

Please note, the wrap party is only open to volunteers as our way of saying thank you. You also need to have a convention ticket in order to volunteer.

Submissions for volunteering will close on 31st July so please be sure to get your form into us by then. The form can be accessed here VOLUNTEER (http://gatecon.com/volunteer)

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Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on July 14, 2016, 02:22:08 PM
Richard - will the tortillas be made fresh on site?  I mean - store bought just aren't the same. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on July 14, 2016, 03:18:01 PM
The hotel is catering on site :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on July 15, 2016, 04:16:57 AM
I'm coming along with a couple of friends who aren't volunteering (#BOOOO ), and I'm a first time Gatecon / Vangroovy goer. Is that "final party" happening on the end of the weekend on Sunday evening, or evening after the Bus Tour ? (probably stupid question again (Fryn would be proud  8) ), but I'd rather look stupid and be sure than be arrogant and wrong  ;D  ;D


Also, never "really" ever ate Mexican much, so that'll be a nice discovery #HeresHoping  8)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on July 15, 2016, 05:44:27 AM
It's on the Sunday evening :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on July 15, 2016, 09:17:16 AM
I'm coming along with a couple of friends who aren't volunteering (#BOOOO ), and I'm a first time Gatecon / Vangroovy goer. Is that "final party" happening on the end of the weekend on Sunday evening, or evening after the Bus Tour ? (probably stupid question again (Fryn would be proud  8) ), but I'd rather look stupid and be sure than be arrogant and wrong  ;D  ;D


Also, never "really" ever ate Mexican much, so that'll be a nice discovery #HeresHoping  8)

Hahahah! So very proud LOL!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: FrancisSG on July 16, 2016, 04:06:40 AM
Hi, I know I WANT to volunteer, but like Sovereign I can't remember if I've already applied. I'm pretty sure I did, probably quite a while ago, but I forgot to write down if I did. My excuse is also a VERY VERY busy year at work... :-D

I can't wait to meet all of you guys, to re-meet past Gatecon friends, and to be in Vancouver again!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on July 16, 2016, 07:37:29 AM
If you are in seat H04 then you have already volunteered Francis ;)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Barbara on July 16, 2016, 05:45:08 PM
I'm pretty sure I volunteered earlier but - just in case - I went ahead and did it again. (I did put mention in the note that it might be a repeat.)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: jchu100 on July 16, 2016, 11:19:11 PM
I am pretty sure I volunteered but I don't remember and it may have only been for a couple hours. I may have been non-committal (as far as how much time I could obligate) because I didn't know what to expect and I may be visiting family across the border. If you find yourself short handed during certain times, I will be happy to add additional hours if I am available. If I didn't volunteer, let me know or just add me to the volunteer list. Since this is my first convention and I don't know anyone, I know this will be the best way to meet people.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on July 17, 2016, 04:16:40 AM
Hi Jeannette,

yes we got a volunteer form in from you, thanks very much :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on July 17, 2016, 11:25:54 AM
I'm coming along with a couple of friends who aren't volunteering (#BOOOO ), and I'm a first time Gatecon / Vangroovy goer. Is that "final party" happening on the end of the weekend on Sunday evening, or evening after the Bus Tour ? (probably stupid question again (Fryn would be proud  8) ), but I'd rather look stupid and be sure than be arrogant and wrong  ;D  ;D


Also, never "really" ever ate Mexican much, so that'll be a nice discovery #HeresHoping  8)

Sovereign, one of my teachers once told me that the only "stupid" questions are the ones you DON"T ask.   :) :) :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Djaipur on July 17, 2016, 07:09:04 PM
Let's go! You can count on me. Volunteer form sent!

[/Mode Happy : ON]  ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Mags on July 22, 2016, 10:29:55 PM
Let's go! You can count on me. Volunteer form sent!

[/Mode Happy : ON]  ;D

Thanks!  Every volunteer is welcomed and appreciated.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Morning Glory on July 23, 2016, 02:31:31 PM
Are the volunteer assignments still going out?  Received the general email  a few days ago saying we would be receiving them but still have not gotten info on my assignment.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: gohrmicia on July 23, 2016, 04:19:47 PM
Let's go! You can count on me. Volunteer form sent!

[/Mode Happy : ON]  ;D

Me too... (but directly to Candace by email)... :D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on July 25, 2016, 01:38:15 PM
Are the volunteer assignments still going out?  Received the general email  a few days ago saying we would be receiving them but still have not gotten info on my assignment.

I do not believe they've gone out yet, just the intro message.  Coordinating volunteers is hard work and is a bit like playing Tetris. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on July 27, 2016, 01:33:26 PM
Let's go! You can count on me. Volunteer form sent!

[/Mode Happy : ON]  ;D

Me too... (but directly to Candace by email)... :D

Hi...Candace hasn't received your volunteer form. Can you re-send it please and also copy in Stef at stef.rogers@gatecon.com so that she can order a t shirt? It needs doing urgently as the t shirt order is being sent in over the weekend. Thanks!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Morning Glory on August 04, 2016, 08:50:22 AM
Which person on the thread have you not received volunteer form?  Have you received from K-31?

Thanx
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on August 10, 2016, 05:50:23 PM
Any news on the schedule yet?  Getting excited :D 8)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on August 11, 2016, 01:48:35 AM
Which person on the thread have you not received volunteer form?  Have you received from K-31?

Thanx

Yes we have received a form from you :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: mblmahr on August 12, 2016, 12:25:23 PM
I filled out the volunteer form, but I never heard anything about it.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on August 12, 2016, 03:26:20 PM
Candace is working on assignments and will be in touch very soon :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: jchu100 on August 14, 2016, 08:34:09 PM
I am not sure what I put on my volunteer form for but I believe it was only for a short period of time on the first day (since I didn't know what to expect). However, after looking at the tentative itinerary/schedule and their is redundancy build into the schedule, I am also available Friday or Saturday afternoon if you need me.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on August 22, 2016, 10:26:00 PM
About Volunteering at Gatecon...

Volunteering at Gatecon is awesome.  It can also be hard work, depending on what job you get.  (Building and striking sets requires some lifting and hammering and painting, so is a bit more strenuous than some other jobs.)  But here's the thing - Gatecon won't work without the volunteers.  Everything in this post is based on my own personal experiences at Gatecon.

From the registration table to the merch table in the dealer's room to the room roamers in the ballroom and everyone in between, all of the jobs are important. 

I've done a lot of volunteer jobs at Gatecon, so let me run down a few of them for you:

Registration: You are responsible for making sure everyone gets their packets, which includes their badges and any goodies that come with it.  You may also get questions about the convention.  But - you also get to see TONS of people as they collect their tickets and goodies.  You're probably the first view of Gatecon a lot of the folks will have.  That's important!  Also - you never know who will walk up to the registration table - it's sort of like a hospitality booth and information desk.  People will come to you with anything!

Merch table:  This is in the Dealer's Room.  These are typically things like Gatecon merch that people are picking up and sometimes other things.  The time I worked the table, we were set up next to a nifty dealer who had interesting jewelry.  So you can see some really fun stuff.  And you can see more people here too - because they're picking up goodies like at registration. 

Stagecrew:  Setting up chairs and putting out water bottles for the stage guests.  Making sure the mics are on and that the soundboard knows which guest has which mic.  Helping out Allan with whatever he might need for his next trip out on stage as MC.  Generally just being polite and helpful backstage.  And quiet if you're near the stage area, because the folks out front *can* hear you.

Main Auditorium:  This is the mic runners and room roamers and door guards.  Mic runners, well, they run the mics around the room so the audience can ask questions.  They kneel a lot.  This is not the job for you if you have bad knees.  Room Roamers help people find seats in the beginning of the panels and keep watch for people using flash after the first 5 minutes of the panel and keep a lookout for people videotaping during the panels (videotaping is a no-no).  Door guards direct folks to use the correct exits during the panels so the light levels stay as normalized as possible for the official convention video.  These are the folks that help the panels themselves run smoothly in the audience area.

Auction: There's cataloging of all the items that come in for the auction - this is pretty cool, b/c we get some really neat stuff!  Then there's keeping track of all of the items as they're sold during the auction itself.  (If you think this sounds like an easy task, you have never been to a Gatecon auction!)

Those are the jobs I've done directly.  Now, here are a few that I haven't done, but I've been to enough Gatecons to know most of the basics.

Photo Sessions:  Taking money and printing receipts for attendees when they purchase photo ops is one of the primary functions.  (There can be technology issues, but we power through!)  There's also usually one or two folks around to guide attendees and guests to their 'marks' for getting their photos.  (I've been through this enough that I know it can be like herding cats - sometimes the guests like to play hide and seek :/ )

Autograph Sessions:  Typically this involves sitting quietly at the guest's table taking payment and making change for the autographs and photos they have for sale so the guest can focus their time on signing the autographs and sometimes chatting with the attendees. 

Guest Services:  These people are designated to move the guests through the convention so they can arrive on time for their panels and other events.  They're sometimes also 'gophers' for the guests, so the guests don't have to leave what they're doing to go get a water or something.  They also keep an eye on the general goings-on of the convention.  Very, very rarely is this a gig one gets on their first volunteer assignment.  These volunteers are vetted by the Gatecon organizers, most of them long-time Gatecon volunteers.  Long way of saying, if this isn't the assignment you were given, don't be upset, most people don't get this assignment. 


I think that's pretty much everything that isn't one of the more specialized roles like running the cameras or the soundboard.  If you have any specific questions about any of the jobs, feel free to ask and I'll answer what I can based on previous Gatecon experiences.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on August 23, 2016, 07:55:40 AM
BOOM!!!
I got my assignment!
I'll be in registration on the Thursday morning :)!
See you all then peeps!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on August 23, 2016, 08:19:15 PM
Photos for me <3
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: JAN54 on August 24, 2016, 05:57:49 AM
HI ALL, I GOT TO BE A ROOMIE.  THIS IS MY FIRST TIME VOLUNTEERING AND WHAT DOES THIS EXACTLY INVOLVE PLEASE?

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on August 24, 2016, 06:49:52 AM
Monitoring the room, watching doors and assisting people find their seat... Best to check with Candace for full details. She will instruct you fully at the crew briefing on the Thursday
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: jchu100 on August 24, 2016, 12:34:29 PM
Did the volunteer assignments go out? I have not received anything yet.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: sherrylwylie on August 24, 2016, 01:14:44 PM
Just wondering -- If I volunteered but wasn't listed on the charts does that mean you don't need my help anywhere?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on August 24, 2016, 04:00:15 PM
Hi... You are on. The volunteer shirt list so not sure what's going on. I will pass your message on to Candace in case she missed you off but you ar definitely still needed! :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on August 24, 2016, 09:44:57 PM
Just wondering -- If I volunteered but wasn't listed on the charts does that mean you don't need my help anywhere?

There are charts with all the assignments?  Where please.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: gatetraveler on August 24, 2016, 10:35:41 PM
I haven't seen one... just a description of the various duties a few posts up. Still waiting to hear from Candace.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on August 24, 2016, 11:07:33 PM
I received the email from Candace.  I have photos for Saturday.  I could do more if they need me.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on August 25, 2016, 01:06:42 AM
If you haven't heard from Candace about your assignment it would be best to drop her an email in case she's missed you on her list...!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: A.R. on August 29, 2016, 04:14:48 PM
I saw that there are 2 crew briefings scheduled. Can I assume we only have to attend 1 of them?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on August 29, 2016, 04:46:54 PM
I saw that there are 2 crew briefings scheduled. Can I assume we only have to attend 1 of them?

That would be a question for Candace - though there could be 2 to make sure everyone is briefed, in case they're not available on Thursday.  So - you may need to attend both.  Candace will let you know for sure.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: A.R. on August 29, 2016, 05:10:15 PM
I sent her an email.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on August 29, 2016, 06:41:20 PM
The second briefing is there for anyone who may not have arrived in time for the Thursday briefing, but no if you go on Thursday you won't need to also go on Friday.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: nonnie88 on August 31, 2016, 09:09:25 AM
I'm up for registration on the Thursday morning.
I'm assuming we just go there a little earlier to be told what we have to do :/!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Brenda on August 31, 2016, 11:27:38 AM
I've received two emails with assignments. I replied to one since I won't be available to do that shift due to the cruise happening at the same time, but offered to help out another day/time as well as extra roomie duties if needed.

I assume when we get our registration packet, our assignments (any unknown to us) will all be in it or we might find out officially at the briefing..?
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on August 31, 2016, 12:59:36 PM
I've received two emails with assignments. I replied to one since I won't be available to do that shift due to the cruise happening at the same time, but offered to help out another day/time as well as extra roomie duties if needed.

I assume when we get our registration packet, our assignments (any unknown to us) will all be in it or we might find out officially at the briefing..?

You'll find out at the briefing, or via a new e-mail from Candace.  She's probably doing a bit of almost-last-minute shuffling. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Brenda on September 01, 2016, 07:21:25 AM
I've received two emails with assignments. I replied to one since I won't be available to do that shift due to the cruise happening at the same time, but offered to help out another day/time as well as extra roomie duties if needed.

I assume when we get our registration packet, our assignments (any unknown to us) will all be in it or we might find out officially at the briefing..?

You'll find out at the briefing, or via a new e-mail from Candace.  She's probably doing a bit of almost-last-minute shuffling. =)

Exactly what I thought. Thanks. ;)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: gatetraveler on September 01, 2016, 03:21:27 PM
I did receive an email from Candace, and she is doing some assignment shuffling.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 02, 2016, 01:04:31 AM
I'm up for registration on the Thursday morning.
I'm assuming we just go there a little earlier to be told what we have to do :/!

Pretty much exactly that!  Show up, tell Candace who you are and why you're there and she will immediately put you to work! XD
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: A.R. on September 02, 2016, 03:49:33 PM
Pretty much exactly that!  Show up, tell Candace who you are and why you're there and she will immediately put you to work! XD

Please tell me she will wear a name tag!  :P
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Atlantia on September 02, 2016, 06:23:54 PM
Pretty much exactly that!  Show up, tell Candace who you are and why you're there and she will immediately put you to work! XD

Please tell me she will wear a name tag!  :P

Don't worry, she will introduce herself. You will soon get to know them all. 😁
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 02, 2016, 08:00:50 PM
Pretty much exactly that!  Show up, tell Candace who you are and why you're there and she will immediately put you to work! XD

Please tell me she will wear a name tag!  :P

She won't need to.  She's recognizable without it.  Trust me - you'll know who she is. =)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on September 02, 2016, 11:04:48 PM
I have an assignment in one of the photo rooms.  I also volunteered to help with setup and tear down if they needed me but I haven't heard anything about that.  Guess I'll be looking for Candace too :) :)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Highlander II on September 03, 2016, 02:20:05 AM
I have an assignment in one of the photo rooms.  I also volunteered to help with setup and tear down if they needed me but I haven't heard anything about that.  Guess I'll be looking for Candace too :) :)

Set-up generally happens on Thursday, I believe.  During the day.  So - if you're on the cruise, you'll miss that.  But tear-down is on Sunday right after the closing ceremonies. 
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on January 18, 2017, 08:53:01 AM
how bad is it that i'm itching to start with Invasion Volunteers organisation? XD *facepalm*
that will be a LONG wait  :'(
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: StargateGazer on August 19, 2017, 06:28:05 PM
how bad is it that i'm itching to start with Invasion Volunteers organisation? XD *facepalm*
that will be a LONG wait  :'(

Me too! We volunteered last year and had an absolute blast. Would love to help with setup this year!!!
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on August 20, 2017, 06:17:23 AM
Great to hear.

Once tickets have been on sale for a while we will open up registration for volunteers.
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on August 27, 2017, 05:15:46 AM
Great to hear.

Once tickets have been on sale for a while we will open up registration for volunteers.

We can't wait !!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ::)
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Richard on August 27, 2017, 06:30:03 AM
Great to hear.

Once tickets have been on sale for a while we will open up registration for volunteers.

We can't wait !!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ::)

Yes you can...go on you can do it....
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Sovereign on August 27, 2017, 07:12:52 AM
Richard ask Fryn. We REALLY can't wait. I haven't been able to since she signed me up "for lolz " at Homecoming XD XD XD

Managed to convince my girls to want to volunteer too. *cue cackle here *

Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: Fryn on August 27, 2017, 11:20:59 AM
She can't... really! ;D
Title: Re: Volunteers
Post by: PamK1950 on August 31, 2017, 11:15:48 PM
Getting a platinum ticket, but still want to volunteer.  Had a blast last year.