Volunteers

“Victoria Hospice volunteering has been the most meaningful learning experience I’ve ever had, teaching me so much about the strength and resilience of the human spirit, about compassion, understanding and love.” — Victoria Hospice Volunteer

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 play an essential role in the success of our programs and services. The efforts of volunteers allow paid staff to provide enhanced services to hundreds of patients and families on the hospice unit and in the community.

Victoria Hospice has a strong reputation for its outstanding volunteers. It takes a very special person with strong skills and abilities to become a hospice volunteer. There are over 200 people actively volunteering with Victoria Hospice.

Take a few moments to explore our unique volunteer opportunities.

Quality end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.