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 Updated:  March 13, 2015

The mandate of BC Cancer Agency Volunteer Services is to enhance the mission of the BC Cancer Agency and the experience of patients, family and friends during their cancer journey.

Many of us know the cancer journey, personally or by way of a loved one. It is not an easy road to travel; even harder without caring support. You can make a difference to someone traveling that road by volunteering at the Abbotsford Centre.

Whether you have been affected by cancer or just want to be involved in your community we welcome your application. Volunteers are a part of the multi-disciplinary team and play a vital role in the provision of high quality care and support to our patients, their family members, and staff.

There are no educational prerequisites but compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental individuals match our patients’ needs well. Volunteer opportunities in the Abbotsford Centre exist Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

Applying to become a Volunteer

We are currently accepting applications ONLY for those roles "Currently Recruiting" for roles to start in April.  Please apply online.  

Benefits of Volunteering Requirements for Volunteering
  • We provide training
  • We value your time
  • We work to match your skills and interests appropriately to a volunteer role
  • Ongoing educational opportunities
  • Be part of a team
  • Learn new skills
  • Social events
  • Supervision and support
  • Giving back to the community
  • Age 18 years and up
  • Available weekdays during centre hours (Mon. – Fri., 8:00am-4:00pm)
  • Make a one year commitment to volunteering
  • Skills required vary depending on volunteer role sought
  • Completion of the screening process which includes online application, interview (telephone and in-person) and reference checks
  • All past patients wishing to volunteer must be one year post active treatment
  • Anyone who has lost an immediate family member or was the principle caregiver to a cancer patient lost to the disease must wait one year before an application will be considered

Volunteer Roles at AC that may be available:

Chemo Teach Volunteer: Offer support to patients attending the Chemo Team session. Assist staff with setup and take down of teaching materials in the meeting room. Lead patients on a tour of the centre if required.

Chemo Treatment Room Volunteer: Offer and provide support to patients and their families attending chemotherapy by greeting patients, and offering companionship. Provide support to clinic staff.

Cosmetic Counselling Room Volunteer: The Cosmetic Counselling Room Volunteer provides patient support to those who will likely lose hair as a result of cancer treatment. This volunteer will help patients try on wigs, tie head coverings and provide styling or cleaning tips.

Greeter Volunteer: Greet and assist new and current patients with navigating the building, on Level 1 Sumas entry or at Level 2 in the General Clinic area.  Provide directional information to assist patients and families, offer conversational support, assist with educational material and providing comfortable friendly environment while waiting in clinic areas.  Currently Recruiting

Pet Visiting Volunteer: Visit with patients and visitors in the waiting areas throughout the building. Pets and owners must complete the BC Pets & Friends visitation program or St. John's Ambulance Dog Therapy program prior to volunteering. Currently Recruiting

Wig Stylist Volunteer: Provides wig styling and trimming to patients who select a BCCA donated wig from the Cosmetic Counselling Room. This role occurs once or twice a month and works in conjunction with the Cosmetic Counselling Room volunteer to assist patients try on wigs, tie head coverings and provide styling or cleaning tips.

Contact Tanya Slingsby- Tel 778-863-2174

Requirement – 1 year full time or 2 year part time Cosmetic Background

For more information contact:  Ellen Suarez - Regional Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Tel:  604-851-4710 ext 645169