The Mission of the Shaw Guild

  • Engage volunteers
  • Enrich the volunteer experience
  • Enhance the patron experience
  • Extend our reach in the community
Whatever your talents, there is a volunteer role for you at the Shaw Guild. Click here to learn more.
The Shaw Guild is a large group of volunteers who support and promote the Shaw Festival.

They are involved in many activities, and donate thousands of hours each year.

What we believe


  • Everyone is treated with respect, courtesy and dignity


  • We promote an inclusive culture where volunteers are welcomed, valued and connected to one another


  • Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome; we celebrate the many different dimensions of diversity and how they benefit the Guild


  • We treat all volunteers fairly and ensure opportunities for engaging and enjoyable experiences

How we operate

  • Engaging volunteers is at the centre of everything we do

  • Donating our time and talents to the Shaw Festival is our passion; working collaboratively in an honest, ethical and transparent way is how we create value

  • Striving for excellence in everything we do is our way of contributing to the quality of patron experiences

Members of the Guild participate in a variety of interesting Shaw activities from hosting and greeting patrons, gardening, and educational activities. They are also invited to exclusive behind-the-scenes events, only for Guild Members!

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