For more than 30 years, St. Joseph’s Hospice has depended on the help of volunteers to achieve our mission of providing compassionate care and companionship to those living with a palliative illness and bereaved individuals and families.

In 2018/19, St. Joseph’s Hospice was honoured to have 325 volunteers dedicate 18,595 hours of their time, sharing their skills, expertise, and heart to enrich the lives of those within our residence and in our community.

Volunteers are the heart of our hospice and we offer a variety of opportunities for those wishing to make a difference in our community, such as:

  • In-hospice patient support
  • In-home companionship and visiting
  • Kitchen support and cooking
  • Fundraising event coordination
  • Wellness therapies (e.g. massage, reiki, healing touch)
  • Reception and office administration
  • Gardening

How Do I Become a Volunteer With Hospice?

Step 1. Application

Once you’ve reviewed our volunteer opportunities and requirements, you can submit an online application. You will be contacted within 1-2 weeks to discuss your volunteer application with our Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Step 2. Interview

Thank you for your application! You will now be invited for an interview and orientation with our Volunteer Services Coordinator. Reference checks will now be completed and you may be requested to undertake a criminal record check (depending on the volunteer position(s) you applied for).

Step 3. Training and Education

Depending on the volunteer role, volunteers are required to complete the provincial hospice educational program, Fundamentals of Palliative Care, offered twice a year at Hospice. Additional volunteer training may be required depending on the volunteer position(s) you applied for. Due to the extensive training process, we ask that volunteers make a commitment of a minimum of one year from the training completion date.

Due to the sensitivity of our work, we want to ensure all volunteers are properly screened and trained in order to be successful in their new role(s). Please note, the onboarding process to become a volunteer with St. Joseph’s Hospice may take up to three months.

What Skills Do I Need to Become a Volunteer?

Above all, volunteers need a spirit of compassion and understanding towards those who are on the end-of-life journey. Good listening skills, empathy, an open heart and willingness to serve others are at the top of our list! Role-specific skills and certifications may be required depending on the volunteer role (i.e. complementary therapy volunteers).

Impact of Volunteering

Dedicated community members work alongside our staff to build and grow as an organization, raise awareness and funds, and increase our impact in the lives of those living with a palliative illness, their family, caregivers, and the bereaved.

Hear about the impact of volunteering with St. Joseph’s Hospice from community members just like you.

For more information about volunteering at Hospice please contact:

Carla McDonald
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Phone: 519-931-3468
Email: carla.mcdonald@sjhospicelondon.com