Our volunteer team are the backbone of our organization. Without this dedicated group of over 400 individuals, we wouldn’t be able to provide the high level of care we are most proud of.
Canuck Place volunteers care and support in a variety of areas – from working in the kitchen to providing companionship for families at the hospice, we have a role perfect for each individual.
COVID-19 Update- Volunteering at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer recruitment is currently paused. We are working together to ensure the safety of all of our children, families and staff members.
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Family Volunteers work alongside the professional care team to enhance the quality of life of the child with a progressive, life-threatening condition, and his/her family.
The family volunteers are with the children during activities, in the school room, working with arts and crafts, on outings in the community and generally are there to support the child and family with whatever activities they are doing.
Family Volunteer shifts are Monday- Sunday 9-1pm, 1-5pm or 5-9pm.
Family Volunteers must complete a Canuck Place 25 hour training program and commit for a minimum length of one year post training.
Peer Volunteers support the Family Volunteers and the professional care team.
The Peer Volunteer generally interacts with the child on a companion to companion basis (e.g. reading, creating arts and crafts, playing computer games, etc.).
Peer Volunteer shifts are Monday- Sunday 9-1pm, 1-5pm or 5-9pm.
Peer Volunteers must complete a 4 hour Canuck Place training program.
Office Reception Volunteer
Office Reception Volunteers assist the full-time receptionist with reception & switchboard duties for Canuck Place during the evenings and weekends.
The Office Reception Volunteer is a pleasant, articulate first contact for the guests, visitors and callers to Canuck Place where you perform office support as needed.
The reception volunteer shift times are:
Monday-Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday, Sunday and Stat. Holidays from 9am-1pm, 1-5pm or 5-8pm.
Kitchen Volunteers provide support to the kitchen staff by assisting with baking, some preparation of meals and cleaning in the kitchen and dining room areas.
The Kitchen Volunteer plays a huge part in helping to keep a warm and welcoming place that provides the families with the comforts of home.
Kitchen shifts are Monday- Sunday from 9:30am-1:30pm and 2:30pm- 6:30pm
It is required that all Kitchen Volunteers have Food Safe Level I Certification and a current Hepatitis A Vaccination.
Canuck Place is set in beautiful gardens lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers.
The gardens are a place of joy and tranquility for the children and families at the hospice.
The Garden Crew works Saturdays from 10am until approximately 3-4pm, maintaining the garden and grounds.
Garden crew members must be able to manage some light to moderate physical labour. This Crew works all year round in all types of weather!
Maintenance Volunteers work with our Facilities Manager & Coordinator on a variety of projects to help preserve the beauty of our hospice facility.
These volunteers will assist with paint touch ups, furniture repairs, facility inquiries and various other duties. Maintenance Volunteers must have experience in this type of work.
Housekeeping Volunteers work with our Housekeeping Coordinator and housekeepers on a variety of light housekeeping duties to help preserve the beauty of our Hospice facility.
Shift times are flexible and vary from Monday- Sunday.
Volunteer Drivers provide support to the Recreation Therapy Program and enable children and families to be transported to outings and to activities.
They drive the Canuck Place bus – a 26 foot bus with capacity for a combination of eight wheelchairs or 18 passengers.
Regular outings are scheduled for Monday and Friday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Volunteers are welcome to join in the fun!
Volunteer Drivers must possess a Class 4 Unrestricted License to be considered for an interview.
We also offer opportunities for corporate volunteers. Click here to find out more.