Impact of Volunteering

The contributions of volunteers are essential to the success of St. Joseph’s Hospice. And the ways that volunteers can help serve people living with a palliative illness, their family, caregivers and the bereaved are as diverse as their own stories.

In 2017/18, we were fortunate to work with 325 volunteers who provided 18,962 hours of compassionate care in our residence and in the community. That’s equivalent to more than nine full-time staff members!

National Volunteer Week is celebrated across Canada from April 7 – 13, 2019. It’s a time when we recognize our volunteers for their valuable time and tireless efforts in making a difference in our community.

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.

DeAnn Hollis

At Hospice, not a day goes by when we do not hear a story about how a volunteer has touched the life of a client and family. Whether it is a volunteer visitor, a gardener, an office volunteer or volunteers who serve on the Board, Hospice owes them a debt of gratitude.

Hear From Our Current Volunteers

Hospice volunteers are the way in which our community is involved at the most personal level in the care and support of the dying. Volunteers are the heart of our hospice home.

But don’t take it from us – hear about why people like Sue, Linda, and Anne volunteer with St. Joseph’s Hospice by clicking on each video link below.

Anne McFarland’s Story

Sue Stewart’s Story

Linda Katien’s Story