Volunteers

Please see all volunteer-related questions and answers below.

Who are our volunteers?

Canuck Place has more than 275 active volunteers, aged 16 to 81, from all walks of life and with varied talents, skills and abilities.

What kinds of work placements are available to volunteers at Canuck Place?

Canuck Place volunteers assist in bereavement/outreach, office reception, practical support such as kitchen and housekeeping, transportation, gardening and outdoor maintenance, the school room and library, and special events.

We also have family and peer volunteers who provide companionship for children and families who may be missing their home environment.

Note: Peer volunteers must be at least 16 years old and provide social and recreational support to the children in the hospice.

When do volunteers work?

Volunteers in the hospice work shifts of typically four hours each, between the hours of 9:00 am and 9:00 pm, seven days a week, every day of the year.

Volunteers working at special events work shifts as needed.

Do volunteers perform work that requires licensing?

No. Our volunteers focus on companionship, enhancing the quality of life of our children and families by providing added opportunities for activities and interaction with others.

How do I become a volunteer?

Our volunteer application is located here.

Selected individuals will then be contacted for an interview when the opportunity becomes available. Those candidates who are chosen for a placement must undergo a criminal record check, reference checks, sign an oath of confidentiality, and complete training prior to placement.

Does Canuck Place have a volunteer recognition program?

Yes. Canuck Place takes enormous pride in its volunteers and supports them in a variety of ways. We provide continuing education, recognition, as well as special events to honour our volunteers.