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Becoming a Volunteer

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What skills and qualities do QCH volunteers possess? 


We look for individuals whose own personal values compliment those of the hospital…where respect, accountability and innovation are Hospital values.

We are looking for individuals that have the desire to help others, that are positive, caring, sensitive to the needs of others, are committed to what they take on, are motivated, energetic and customer-service oriented.


Other important attributes include the ability to work well with others, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and have the desire to learn and grow with the organization.


What kind of commitment is required?

To be able to provide quality services and support to the areas that volunteers serve, we rely on the commitment our volunteers are able to make, therefore we require the following…

  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to 75 hours or a 12 month commitment
  • All volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week of between two to four hours, depending on the service areas ... please consider if this is a good time in your life to make such a commitment

All potential volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Information Session and asked to complete a Volunteer Application Form, along with two written reference forms, provided in the application package. In addition to the required references, police screening will be requested as our patients are vulnerable and have special needs.


How to apply to become a Volunteer at QCH:

  • Email  or telephone Volunteer Resources 613-721-4709   to register for one of our Volunteer Information Sessions. The Information Session allows potential candidates to  will learn about the volunteer engagement opportunities, expectations  and receive an application package. Refer to the Volunteer section for the upcoming Volunteer Information Session dates.
  • Complete and return an application form along with the two mandatory written reference forms. Reference forms can be emailed directly by the individual completing the reference if they prefer. Once the application is received and processed, an interview may be arranged.
  • Following the interview and we agree to move forward with the process, you will be required to complete the Two-Step Mantoux Skin test and provide information regarding MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella) and Chicken Pox. The Immunization documentation form will be given to you at the interview. TB Testing and Immunization Documentation is mandatory to complete prior to placement. You will be required to supply a copy of your immunization record which shows you have been vaccinated twice for each, Chicken Pox and MMR (Mumps, Measles & Rubella) OR show proof of immunity to these same diseases through blood work. Proof of Tdap vaccination (Pertussis, adolescent dose 17 years and under, adult dose over 18 years) is required.
  • Attendance at a general orientation is required and arranged at the interview.
  • Anyone 18 years of age or older, a current Police Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector check will be required.
  • Once all required on boarding steps are completed specific placements will be arranged.  

 Things to keep in mind:

  • Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be accepted into the program.
  • The process to become a volunteer has several steps all of which take some time. The intake process was developed to ensure we best serve the patients, staff and the potential volunteer.