Craigdarroch Castle Seeks Volunteers

by hwilde on September 13, 2011

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC is a popular tourist destination operated by a dedicated group of volunteers.  The castle, commissioned by Robert Dunsmuir, was completed in 1890 and today it offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the very wealthy Dunsmuir family and is available for rental to individuals or businesses interested in putting on private functions.

The Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which receives no government funding, is seeking volunteers who can spare a few hours each week and are interested in working in this amazing facility in a number of positions, including:

Docent – This position is perfect for those of you who are interested in learning the history of the castle and sharing it with the community.  In the role of Docent you will be walking through the castle and engaging with visitors by answering questions and providing insight into the flavourful stories and beautiful artefacts the castle has to share!

Entrance Cashier – In this role you will be the first point of contact for visitors to the castle and learn how to operate our simple touch-screen cash and credit system.

Gift Shop Attendant – If you would enjoy handling a fun inventory and engaging with customers after they have experienced the castle, volunteering in our dynamic gift shop is an excellent opportunity to learn cash and credit handling and help our visitors on their way as they leave.

We schedule our volunteers typically for one or two 4-hour shifts per week for four months minimum.  We offer excellent “benefits” including social gatherings, ongoing training and learning opportunities, and a week-long volunteer exchange program providing free admission to most other attractions in the city.

Craigdarroch Castle has a dynamic volunteer program that sees a wide range of people sharing their time to provide visitors with the information and stories that make a visit to Craigdarroch a fun, family friendly experience. To find out more about becoming a volunteer please email or phone 250.592.5323 extension 32.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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