A local non-profit in North Vancouver is looking for a Santa Claus and there are just a few job qualifications — you should like to smile, be social and talkative, and be able to carry a costume for a few hours.
It is a volunteer position although perks include free food and lots of happy teens. “Santa gets dinner and lots of hugs, that is for sure,” says Amal Hasan, volunteer service coordinator at the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
North Shore Neighbourhood House is seeking Father Christmas for their annual Christmas party for Special Needs Teen Club on December 11.
The neighbourhood house usually organises four to five Christmas parties, and while they do have a Santa for other events, they would like a community member to volunteer for the December 11 event.
“We have had all kinds of people as Santa, even skinny people. So as long as you are passionate and can hand out presents and take photos with kids, feel free to contact us,” says Hasan.
A full Santa costume would be provided.
The event on December 11 would last for about four hours, between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm, and takes place at the North Shore Neighbourhood House at 225, 2nd Street East, North Vancouver.
Santa will be required to be ready at 6 pm.
The volunteer who agrees to be the Santa will also be requested to be a backup Santa for other events where they have an elderly gentleman working as a Santa.
Hasan says although they have been able to find Santa through word of mouth before, the non-profit had a difficult time finding an Easter Bunny in the spring. If you are interested in this job, you need to be able to handle a costume and hop like a bunny.
If you wish to help out the neighbourhood house by being a Santa — or an Easter Bunny next year — email Amal Hasan at email@example.com.