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Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team at BC Cancer – Kelowna.

BC Cancer – Kelowna is welcoming new volunteers at our centre.

Volunteers are a part of the multi-disciplinary cancer care team and play an important role in providing high-quality care and support. They enhance the experience of patients, family and friends during the 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


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

  • Must be 18+ years of age
  • Must be able to provide proof they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Volunteers need to commit to one 3 hour shift a week for a permanent shift, or a minimum of two 3 hour shifts per month as a "floater" and be able to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months 
  • All shifts take place on a weekday, between Monday to Friday,  in the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm, so must have availability during that time.  
  • If you are a current or former patient, we ask you to be 1 year post active treatment before you consider applying to volunteer.  If you have lost a family member, we also ask you to wait one year before you consider applying to volunteer.
Volunteers are pre-screened from their application, and if there is a role that matches the skills, interests and availability of the applicant, they are interviewed to further determine their suitability as a volunteer.  

For applicants that progress, the next step involves reference checks and completing a criminal record check.  Successful applicants must complete a New Volunteer Orientation as well as some online training courses.

Learn more

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

Volunteer positions

Wayfinder Volunteer

Wayfinders enhance the patient experience by assisting with navigating the Cancer Centre and getting to appointments, by supporting and comforting patients/family members/visitors in waiting rooms with friendly interactions and offering refreshments from a mobile coffee cart and assisting them to become connected to services and supports as needed. 

Wayfinder Shifts:  8am - 11am, 11am - 2pm and 2pm - 5pm

We are currently recruiting volunteers for this role.

Chemo Room Volunteer

Chemo Room volunteers provide support to patients and their families attending Chemotherapy, by greeting them, offering warm blankets and beverages/snacks as required, offering companionship and engaging in conversations, and letting them know about support services and programs. They also 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 former patients or retired healthcare professionals. 

Chemo Room shifts are 8:30am - 11:30am, 11:30am - 2:30pm and 2:30pm - 4:30pm
There is one Chemo volunteer on each shift.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for this role.

Patient Support Program Volunteer

These volunteers assist the Support Program Facilitators with session set-up and takedown. They participate in the group as required by the Social Worker leading the session. Patient Support Programs include but aren't limited to the Relaxation Group, Rock Painting Activities, Interactive Education Series, and other occasional or continuing programs.

We aren't recruiting volunteers for this role at this time but please indicate in your application if you would be interested in this role when it is needed again. 

Please note, new volunteers start as a Wayfinder volunteer for a minimum of 6 shifts before moving to other areas.
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