Volunteer at the ots edmonton event in october 2017

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us! This event would not be possible without the support of our volunteers.

Please read the descriptions of the volunteer roles below before signing up. When registering, you may choose your top three choices. After signing up, volunteers will be emailed with more information and must attend one of two mandatory training sessions. Time commitments of each role may vary.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah or Alyssa with any questions or concerns. You may email them at edmonton@outrunthestigma.ca

Greeters/Sign Posts

  • Greet participants and be a friendly face
  • Direct them to certain locations 
  • Answer questions

Registration Volunteers

  • Sign in and register participants
  • Answer questions
  • Direct participants to locations

Course Marshals

  • Direct run/walk participants along route
  • Write message with chalk on sidewalks
  • Hype up and cheer on participants
  • Answer questions
  • Three volunteers to manage water/refreshment table



T-Shirt Table Volunteers

  • Hand out correctly sized T-Shirts to participants
  • Handout and record bib numbers to participants
  • Answer questions
  • Direct participants to next step

General Volunteers

  • Help with set up/take down of registration table refreshment table, t-shirt table, and Expo
  • Assist other volunteers and executives 
  • Answer questions
  • Direct guests and participants 
  • Post to social media using hashtag
  • Hype up and cheer on participants

Mental Health Expo Assistants

  • Run interactive activities
  • Help with set up and take down
  • Assist Expo speakers and Story Sharing participants
  • Collect donations
  • Answer questions
  • Direct people to locations


Outrun the Stigma Edmonton is a student group part of the larger not-for-profit organization Outrun the Stigma that aims to reduce mental health stigma by hosting an annual 5/10km walk/run and sharing mental health stories at our expo and online. 

Position Description

We are currently looking for OTS Ambassador volunteers who are interested in helping out with various events throughout the summer! Volunteers will primarily be helping with fundraisers, however there may be other events throughout the summer as required.

If you are interested, please email edmonton@outrunthestigma.ca (Subject: OTS Ambassador) with a brief paragraph on why you are interested in this opportunity, and what your availability is like for the rest of summer.

Reference letters and confirmation of hours will be provided upon request!

Share Your Story for #Faces of Mental Health

Faces of Mental Health

Mental illness is not anonymous. Those who struggle have names and faces, lives and families, passions and challenges. To help break the stigma, the Outrun the Stigma Edmonton planning committee reached out to the University of Alberta community to share stories on mental health.

Share your story with us for the Faces of Mental Health Campaign. Send in a 100-250 word post on your mental health journey to stories@outrunthestigma.ca or via direct message on social media on InstagramTwitter, or Facebook @outrunthestigma.


Read some of the stories that have already been shared on our blog.