Meet Makaila!

Meet Makaila!

Makaila has loved snowmobiling in Ontario her entire life and now shares that with others as a volunteer with the Opeongo Snowbirds Snowmobile Club! So much so that she introduced her husband, Keegan, into the snowmobiling world which he has been hooked on for the past 10 years. They both love volunteering, with Keegan helping out with club BBQs, and maintaining the groomer shed while Makaila remains dedicated to her new position of Volunteer Coordinator. They both aspire to be involved at a district level one day and although they sometimes have different opinions on things, volunteering together allows them to work on improving their communication skills – an added bonus!

Makaila, Keegan, and their two kids, love participating in events as a family and the club has been very welcoming, allowing the kids to join them in volunteering. The connection the family has built with fellow volunteers is next to none. They were once strangers who have now become family. What do the kids think of sledding? They LOVE IT. They’re so fascinated by their parents playing a key role in delivering exceptional snowmobile experiences for local and touring riders. As the kids grow older, their goal as a family is to branch out to visit other clubs. When not out on the trails, or volunteering, the family enjoys ice fishing in their hut on Lake Kamineskeg.

Like many, the winter can be a hard time for Makaila but snowmobiling provides her with much needed joy and positive vibes. It makes her feel alive! While Makaila mostly does local riding, Northern Ontario and Quebec are bucket list rides she can’t wait to discover alongside her family.

There have been a lot of changes at the club in the last few years, including this season, and with all volunteers working towards the same common goal, they are all super excited to see what the future holds!

Photos and content provided by: Makaila R.


Is It Your Time To Volunteer?

Ready to experience volunteering first-hand? Many hands make more less work and finding your local club is easier than you think! To start with, click YES at the time of permit purchase when asked about your interest in volunteering. If you want to reach out directly, simply search them on Facebook or online to get started. And if you can’t find your club, contact your district office and they’ll help you find the perfect club to match your interests and skills. Let’s get started on making a positive impact together!


Calling All Volunteers

Calling all OFSC Club, District and provincial volunteers! If you want to share your volunteering journey, we’d love to hear from you. We believe that every volunteer has a unique perspective and story to tell, and we want to help you share it with others who may be considering volunteering in the near future.

Plus as an undisputed Hero of Winter, it’s a good story to share! If you have 30 minutes to spare for a virtual interview, please reach out to us. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say!