Volunteer Services

Volunteers play an essential role in supporting Victoria Hospice programs and services, ensuring patients and families receive quality end-of-life care. Over 300 volunteers work with patients and families alongside staff across our departments. Volunteers can be found on the inpatient unit, in our community program and with our bereavement program. Volunteers are also active in non-clinical program areas such as our fundraising events, the Rooftop Garden, and office administration.

  • Volunteers share their skills in:
  • patient care
  • companionship
  • complementary therapies (e.g. reiki, healing touch)
  • special event coordination
  • gardening
  • office administration
  • board governance
  • and so much more!

It takes a special kind of person to volunteer with a hospice and therefore all potential volunteers are screened carefully. Volunteers working directly with patients and families are interviewed, supply references, and undertake a criminal record check. They then complete a rigorous 36-hour training aligned with provincial hospice volunteer standards. Volunteers are offered ongoing learning opportunities to enhance their skills.

Volunteers founded Victoria Hospice and their devotion is the key to our continued success.

More: Information for New Volunteers

Contact the Volunteer Services department by calling 250-370-8727 or by email.

Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.