Service Opportunities

“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics!”

~Alcoholics Anonymous pg 89


Intergroup Operating Committee Positions Available:


Vice Chair

Duties: The vice-chair assists the chair and the society as required. The vice-chair shall carry out the duties of the chair during the absence and shall assume such additional duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Operating Committee. The vice-chair will attend to such sub-committees as the chair may designate. The vice-chair shall be one of the signing officers. Experience needed is like that of the chair, or a willingness to learn.

Term: 2-year term
Probable time commitment: 10-20 hours a month.
Suggested length of sobriety: three years.



Telephone Answering Service Chair

The Telephone Answering Service Coordinator manages the 24-hour answering service, maintaining lists of volunteers, and ensuring that volunteer shifts at the Intergroup Office and home phone shifts are filled. The T.A.S. coordinator updates and maintains the Guidelines for Telephone Volunteers and provides training in cooperation with the office manager.

Term: 1-year term
Probable time commitment: 6-8 hours a month.
Suggested length of sobriety: two years.



Members at Large

Members at Large currently are required to be present in order for any business to be conducted at the Operating Committee Meetings. Members at Large offer advice on the Traditions, Concepts and appropriate processes as required during the meetings. Members at Large may be asked to liaison with employees or volunteers. Knowledge of the Twelve Traditions and previous service experience would be helpful and barring that, a willingness to learn.

Term: 2-year term
Probable time commitment: 6-8 hours a month.
Suggested length of sobriety: two years.


Home phone volunteers

After-hours calls are forwarded to our home phone volunteers. This is a scheduled position with each home phone volunteer given a specific day. Training and reference materials are provided. The duties include: arranging 12-step calls, providing meeting information, sharing your experience, strength and hope, etc. Three months of sobriety is suggested. To sign up or find more information, please email us, or call 250-753-7513.

“Pass It On” newsletter volunteers

Our local Pass it On newsletter is always in need of volunteer contributors. It’s primary purpose is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers through printed content. Contributions can include articles, opinion pieces, personal stories, comics, and visual art. Much like the Grapevine, our newsletter can be accessed online in pdf format.

Archives volunteers

Our Nanaimo AA archives are in need of volunteers to help catalog our current collection and gather new additions for our local AA history. Groups are encouraged to participate in group history days and submit their collections to our Archives Chair. For more information locally, group history contributions, or to volunteer please email or call 250-753-7513.

Our General Service Office in New York curates an American and Canadian AA historic collection, including an audio library and our Markings Archives newsletters, using an online repository. Contact GSO Archives.

Intergroup central office volunteers (ON HOLD)

The volunteer shifts in our Nanaimo Intergroup Central Office are from 1 pm to 5 pm weekdays. We have regular, once-a-week shifts (scheduled) as well as on-call (backup) positions. Three months of sobriety is suggested and training is provided. The duties include: answering phones, setting up 12-step calls, selling literature to people walking into the office, receiving financial contributions, etc.  To sign up or find out more information, please click HERE.

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