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Volunteer

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team at BC Cancer – Kelowna.
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Volunteers are a part of the multi-disciplinary cancer care team and play a vital role in providing high-quality care and support; enhancing the experience of patients, family and friends during their cancer journey.

Whether you have been affected by cancer, have a healthcare career goal or just want to be involved in your community, we welcome your application. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday to Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please note, we do not offer volunteer opportunities on weekends or evenings.

Requirements

There are no educational prerequisites but compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental individuals match our patients’ needs. Applicants must meet the following requirements

  • Age 18 years and up
  • Available during clinic hours (Monday to Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm)
  • Willing to commit to one 3-4 hour shift a week for a minimum of 6 months
All applicants must complete an application, interview and reference checks to be considered. Successful applicants will be invited to and must complete an orientation as well as some online training courses.

If you are a BC Cancer patient or have supported a loved one through cancer treatment recently, we recommend waiting one year following the end of treatment to submit an application.

Learn more

For more information about volunteering with BC Cancer – Kelowna, contact Heather Burns, Regional Volunteer Coordinator by email or call 250-712-3966 ext. 686806.

Volunteer positions

Chemo Room Volunteer

Offer and provide support to patients and their families attending Chemotherapy by greeting patients and offering companionship. Provide support to clinic staff, as needed. Must have extensive experience dealing with people and be comfortable initiating conversation with patients undergoing treatment. Preference given to past patients or retired healthcare professionals. Click here to apply online.

Patient Support Program Volunteer

Assist facilitators with session set-up and takedown. Participate in group as required by Social Worker leading the session. Patient Support Programs include but aren't limited to the Relaxation Group, Laughter Yoga, an Interactive Education Series, and an Exercise Program. Click here to apply online.

Wayfinder Volunteer

Offer support and companionship to new patients and their guests, orient patients to BC Cancer – Kelowna and to their appointment location, and encourage them to use the Cancer Information Centre resources. Wayfinders also prepare and manage a mobile Coffee Cart. Click here to apply online.

Please note, all new volunteers will start as a Wayfinder volunteer for a minimum of 12 shifts before moving to other areas.
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