Applicants to our core program (September – June) must be at least 18 years of age and finished high school. Applicants to our summer program (July & August) must be 14 years of age by June 30th.
Because most of our patient programming happens during the day, we have a greater need for daytime volunteers. Evening and weekend opportunities are extremely limited.
Volunteer Resources does not offer observership placements or shadowing opportunities.
Taking a vacation or requiring a leave of absence is acceptable during a volunteer’s involvement. To ensure continuity of programming, volunteers with an extended absence of two months or more cannot be guaranteed the same placement and/or shift upon their return.
Parents may not register as a volunteer with the intention of bringing their child in to volunteer as well. Children under the minimum ages cannot volunteer in the health centre even if they have a parent monitoring them.
The IWK runs a per therapy program in partnership with St. John Ambulance. For more information please visit: http://www.sja.ca/English/Community-Services/Pages/Therapy%20Dog%20Services/default.aspx
Volunteer placements are frequently full. When an opportunity become available that matches your interests and availability, we will contact you for an interview.
Volunteer Resources will ensure that all new volunteers are provided with a general orientation to make certain that policies and procedures are understood. Placement staff will provide specific training to their volunteers and will provide guidance, support, and assistance for the duration of your placement.
Complimentary parking is available to registered volunteers during their shifts.
Volunteers are ambassadors for the health centre and how they dress reflects on the IWK as a whole. We ask that volunteers dress comfortably but professionally and wear their ID badge at all times during their shift.
Summer program volunteer must wear their volunteer t-shirt and ID badge while in the health centre.Share