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Volunteer

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team at BC Cancer – Vancouver.
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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 4:30 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 4:30 pm)
  • Willing to commit to one 3-4 hour shift a week for a minimum of 6 months
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.

All applicants must complete the application, interview and reference checks to be considered. Successful applicants will be invited to and must complete a basic training course and orientation.

Learn more

For more information about volunteering with BC Cancer – Vancouver, contact Ian Chian, Regional Coordinator, Volunteer Services by email or call 604-877-6288.


Volunteer positions

Brain Tumour Peer Navigator Volunteer

Provide support to patients who have been newly diagnosed with malignant brain tumor and assistance to patients during their first visit. The volunteer must be a former patient. Click here to apply online.

Cancer Information Centre Volunteer

Assist patients, family members, and the public in accessing resource materials from the library and demonstrate online resources available via the our website and other relevant online sources. Click here to apply online.

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 if required. Click here to apply online.

Chemotherapy Support Volunteer

Offer support to patients and their families attending chemotherapy treatment and assist the chemo staff as directed. Click here to apply online.

Chinese Support Group Volunteer

Host and support to patients and their families who are attending the Chinese support group. Click here to apply online.

Comfort Cart Volunteer

Support patients, staff and visitors by offering affordable, convenient purchases of snack and food items while visiting patients in various treatment and waiting rooms. Click here to apply online.

Inpatients Volunteer

Provide hospitality and support to in-patients and their caregivers on Level 5, take direction from medical staff and offer a friendly visit to patients who may be without other support. Offer to assist medical staff as needed and appropriate. Completion of a certified Hospice training course is required. Click here to apply online.

Music Volunteer

Enhance the patient, family and staff experience by means of music played in specific locations at BC Cancer – Vancouver on the piano, harp or guitar. Click here to apply online.

Office Volunteer

Assist various departments with a variety of tasks and office-related duties. Click here to apply online.

Patient Greeter Volunteer

Greet new patients, assist patients with the completion of forms, and escort patients to appropriate clinic areas. Click here to apply online.

Peer Navigator Volunteer

Support bilingual patients and their family during their first visit. Volunteers need to be English and Cantonese/Mandarin speaking and former cancer patients within the last 5 years. Click here to apply online.

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. Click here to apply online.

Radiation Therapy Support Volunteer

Escorting patients to their designated treatment area, administer patient outcome surveys and assist with wayfinding.  The primary goal of this role is to better support patients and their families who are undergoing radiation therapy treatment. Click here to apply online.

Relaxation Group Volunteer

Assist the  group facilitator by setting up and taking down the meeting room, greeting patients, and providing the "soothing touch" to patients when required and other duties as requested.  Click here to apply online.

Sewing/Knitting Volunteer

Work from home to make head coverings, toques and blankets for patients. Head coverings will be given away to both male and female patients who want one. Click here to apply online.

Waiting Room Volunteer

Support patients, family members, visitors and others in various waiting rooms with a friendly visit, a fresh magazine, crossword or puzzle. Assist in waiting room maintenance. Click here to apply online.


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