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Volunteering

Volunteer Services invites to you enhance the experience of the Centre'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.

Requirements

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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Roles

 

 

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 the Centre. 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 the Centre 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 the centre if required.

 

This role helps to provide a supportive and comfortable environment for children who have a family member going through cancer. They assist with room setup, clean up and interact with participants.

 

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

 

Supporting Volunteer Services and its patient support programs by organizing and managing the Christmas craft and gift sale. Solicit donations & vendors, coordinate the display tables, and manage cash and other basic bookkeeping functions.

 

Offering support to patients, staff and Centre visitors by offering affordable, convenient purchases of snack and food items while visiting patients in various treatment and waiting rooms throughout the centre.

 

Supporting patients, their families, staff and centre visitors by offering affordable, convenient purchases of snacks, food, books, and other items from our Kiosk located inside our cafeteria seating space. Offer conversational support and exceptional customer service to those visiting the kiosk to make purchases.

 

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.

 

Greet and assist new and current patients with navigating the building, provide general information as required, assist patients, families and staff on Level 2 in the Ambulatory Care Unit and Radiation Therapy area by offering conversational support to patients, showing patients what is available in the waiting area and tidying up and resupplying the waiting area when required.

 

To enhance the patient, family and staff experience in the Vancouver Centre 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 the centre.

 

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 the Vancouver Centre. 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 the centre. Pets and owners must complete BC Pets & Friends visitation program or St. John's Ambulance Dog Therapy Program prior to volunteering.

 

Provide support and way-finding services to patients and caregivers, for patients in the Radiation Therapy area of Level 2. To assist in bringing patients from the waiting rooms to an examination room in the Patient Review area of Radiation Therapy as instructed by staff.

 

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 for patients. We will 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 the Vancouver Centre with a friendly visit, a fresh magazine, crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Assist volunteer services to maintain well supplied and tidy waiting rooms.

 
Apply

 

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.

Training

Successful applicants must complete:

  • Role Specific Training
  • Attend BC Cancer Agency Orientation.

Thank you

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

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