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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at BC Cancer. Due to the COVID-19, pandemic, our volunteer program is closed. You are welcome to apply and we will contact you when we re-open.
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.


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
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.

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.

Volunteer positions

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 BC Cancer – Abbotsford if required. Click here to apply online.

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. Click here to apply online.

Children's Club Volunteer

Assist staff with providing a supportive environment for children who have a family member going through cancer. Provide set up and take down of materials and assist with other duties as requested by staff. A criminal records check is required. Click here to apply online.

Greeter/Wayfinder 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. Click here to apply online.

Look Good Feel Better Volunteer

Offer support to patients attending Look Good Feel Better sessions. Assist cosmetic volunteers with set-up and take down of teaching materials. 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.

Relaxation Program Volunteer

Assist facilitators to provide this complementary approach to patients to assist with relaxation. Click here to apply online.

Volunteer Support; Human Resources; Office Assistant

This role involves administrative and human resources related tasks such as word processing and database work, supporting volunteers in orientation to their roles. Click here to apply online.

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