The Historic Interpreter role is a costumed position where the interpreter engages with the public providing information about the site/building they are representing. Westfield is a working Village and interpreters may be engaged in tasks appropriate to the time period they are representing. These include: tending fires, baking, carpentry, gardening, sewing, embroidery, running a printing press and many others. Tasks are determined based on volunteer interest and skills and areas of need in the village. Historic Interpreters are expected to learn an accurate interpretation of their area and develop skills for effective communication with visitors.
- Volunteers enhance and create community. Westfield volunteers leave the visiting public with a practical knowledge of the past that has shaped Southern Ontario.
- Research has consistently found that physical health benefits are associated with volunteering. Volunteer activities that require physical activity, engage your brain and provide social interaction are especially good for you and promote healthy aging.
- Volunteers will be given ongoing opportunities for professional development, ranging from access to the museum’s reference library, individual training with a staff member, or participation in Westfield workshops, on or off site.
- Volunteers are recognized on an informal basis throughout the year and have the opportunity to attend more formal annual recognition and social events.
- Any Westfield volunteer who completes 40 volunteer hours in a calendar year is eligible to receive a pass which allows them to participate in the Attractions Ontario reciprocal pass program.
In addition, volunteers who qualify for the above may choose to purchase an HCA pass at a significant discount.