Program Assistants are members of Burlington Skating Centre who help teach our younger skaters in the Preschool, Pre CanSkate, CanSkate and Pre-Junior programs. P.A.'s can be seen in their purple fleece jackets on our recreational sessions working with younger skaters under the direction of our professional coaches. To qualify to assist as a P.A. skaters must be at least 12 years old, passed their preliminary freeskate and attended the orientation / training session. Program Assistants can receive community service hours towards their high school curriculum.
What is the role of a program assistant?
Assist the Skate Canada Coaches in on-ice and off-ice program delivery; Demonstrate skills and teaching progressions; Supervises practice time; Lead warm-ups and cool-downs under the direction of the Skate Canada Coaches; Reinforce learned skills (follow-up on coach instruction); Lead exercises, drills, learning activities, and creative expression; Hand out awards and incentives; Take attendance; Assist with on-ice circuits; Provide individual and group assistance; Act as a role model for young skaters; Be trained on an semi-annual basis;
How are they rewarded?
The club may provide a gift of appreciation to Program Assistants. This gift is at the discretion of the club executive and can only be used for expenses incurred within the club. The gift cannot be exchanged for cash value at any time. The total value of each gift shall not be greater than $5.00 per 1 hour volunteered.