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Volunteer Services invites to you enhance the experience of BC Cancer – Vancouver's 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. Volunteers are a part of the multi-disciplinary cancer care team and play a vital role in providing high-quality care and support to our patients and their families.


There are no educational prerequisites; the kind of people we are looking for are compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental individuals who can match our patients’ needs.

We offer volunteer opportunities Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We do not have volunteer opportunities for evenings or weekends. 

I had been wanting to do some volunteer work when I saw the ad in the paper. The interaction with patients is great and volunteer support is excellent.

To be considered for a volunteer role, you should:

  • be age 18 years or older
  • if you were a cancer patient, have completed your cancer treatment for one year 
  • if you have supported a loved one through treatment, apply one year following the end of treatment
  • be available during clinic hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 
  • be available and willing to commit to one regular 3- to 4-hour shift each week for a minimum of 6 months
  • have completed an application, interview and reference checks
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This role provides support to patients who have been newly diagnosed with malignant brain tumor. They provide assistance to the patient in their first visit within BC Cancer – Vancouver. The volunteer must be a former patient.


Volunteers assist patients, family members, and the public access resource material from a library collection of books, videos, DVDs etc. Also volunteers demonstrate the online resources available via the our website and other relevant online sources.


To offer support to patients and their families attending chemotherapy treatment in BC Cancer – Vancouver and to assist the chemo staff as directed.


Chemo Teach is an information session for new Chemotherapy patients.  The volunteer in this role offers support to patients attending Chemo Teach session, assist staff with sign in as well as set up and take down of teaching materials. Lead patients on a tour of BC Cancer – Vancouver if required.


This role provides a host and support to patients and their families who are attending the Chinese support group.


Offering support to patients, staff and BC Cancer – Vancouver visitors by offering affordable, convenient purchases of snack and food items while visiting patients in various treatment and waiting rooms throughout BC Cancer – Vancouver.


To provide hospitality, and support to in-patients and their caregivers on Level 5. To take direction from medical staff and offer a friendly visit to those 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.


To enhance the patient, family and staff experience in BC Cancer – Vancouver by means of music played in specific locations in the centre, ie, on the piano, harp or guitar.


Greet new patients, assist them with the completion of the Health Assessment form, and escort them to the appropriate clinic area in BC Cancer – Vancouver.


Assist various departments such as Volunteer Services or Administration with a variety of tasks and office related duties.


To support bilingual patients and their family members in their first visit within BC Cancer – Vancouver. Volunteers need to be English and Cantonese/Mandarin speaking and former cancer patients within the last 5 years.


Visit with patients and visitors in treatment waiting areas throughout BC Cancer – Vancouver. Pets and owners must complete BC Pets & Friends visitation program or St. John's Ambulance Dog Therapy Program prior to volunteering.


Volunteers will be assisting with escorting patients to their designated treatment area, administering patient outcome surveys and assisting with wayfinding on the 2nd floor.  The primary goal of this role is to better support patients and their families who are undergoing radiation therapy treatment.


Assisting the Relaxation Group facilitator by setting up and taking down the meeting room, greeting patients, providing soothing touch to patients when required and other duties as requested by the facilitator.


Work from home to make head coverings, toques & blankets for patients. We can supply you with some pattern ideas to make head coverings that will be given away to both male and female patients who would like one.


To support patients, family members, visitors and others in various waiting rooms throughout BC Cancer – Vancouver with a friendly visit, a fresh magazine, crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Assist volunteer services to maintain well supplied and tidy waiting rooms.



To apply

  1. Submit an application online (application form page).
  2. The system will send you an auto reply. If you receive this reply, you can be assured we have received your application and will review it. We keep applications on file for three months.
  3. Only those applicants whose skills and availability match a shift vacancy will be contacted for an informal interview. If you do not hear back from us it means that we cannot place you according to your skills, interests or availability. 
  4. Incomplete applications are removed from our system after two weeks.


Successful applicants must complete:

  • Role Specific Training
  • Attend BC Cancer Orientation.

Thank you

Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team in Vancouver.

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