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Deadline extended until May 30th. Apply soon! 

Are you looking for a unique, fun, and innovative way to volunteer in your community? This might be perfect for you. We are looking for someone who is interested in what is happening in the city around you, likes to chat people up in person and social media and isn’t opposed to getting their hands dirty when necessary.

The Department of Imaginary Affairs is a new collaborative organization focused on bringing solutions to city-based issues across politics, environment, art, and culture to name a few. With the power of imagination and design thinking behind us, the DIA is on a mission to connect with communities across the east end of Toronto to foster an engaged community. This year, we have been accepted to do a Nuit Blanche installation in St. James Park on October 3rd, called “The East Side Story”. The East Side Story is a collection of stories from across the east side of Toronto that will be transformed into giant collective storybooks for the night of Nuit Blanche. This year is the 10th Nuit Blanche and the theme is Memory Lane. Nuit Blanche happens across downtown Toronto from sunset to sunrise.

We are looking for Ambassadors to help us collect stories within your own community and at community events throughout the summer, to help us write the collective story, to build the art installation and to volunteer the night of October 3rd.

Flexible timing | For the most part you will be able to do your tasks when you have time as long. We will need you to help out sporadically during the day, on evenings and weekends. We will check with you before to make a schedule. Candidate needs to be available from May 2015 – November 2015 (with possibility of extension) – extra points awarded to candidates willing to hang out all 12 hours of Nuit Blanche! Attend one required training in June 2015.

Responsibilities | This position is part facilitator, part events logistics, part social media guru, part take-what-comes-your-way.


  • Facilitator
  • Ability to talk to strangers about the DIA
  • Guide visitors through story collecting activities
  • Engage your community in storytelling
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with groups of people
  • Event Logistics
  • Able to do some heavy lifting if required
  • Set-up and teardown duties
  • Stay for the duration of the event
  • Social Media
  • Knowledge and experience using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc
  • Write short blogs when needed
  • Take-what-comes-your-way

We don’t always know what might get thrown your way, we need you to be open to taking the punches as they come and getting on board with whatever is needed at the time


You live, work and play on the East side of Toronto. You know lots about what is going on in your community and neighbourhood. You get excited about getting involved and doing social innovation projects.


While this is a volunteer position, and you won’t be getting any dollars for your time; we are looking to build up a team of super fun people who are all invested in being a part of awesomeness. We promise to reward you with a lot of opportunities to do fun and unusual tasks that you can add to your resume.

How to Apply

Let us know you are interested, send us a resume, letter, video or whatever that gives us a sense of who you are and why you are interested. Also, if you have social media like Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc – we’d like to see what you are like online. Applications due May 16th, 2015 by midnight. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Application form

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