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Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in being a part of this incredible team of enthusiastic individuals? Follow this link to learn more about the application process. Please note that all of our volunteer opportunities require that individuals feel confident to participate without direct supervision or support.
 

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Drop-In Centre (Heritage Lounge)

The Heritage Lounge is a space within the hospital that patients, staff, students and volunteers can go to relax.  The Heritage Lounge features flexible seating arrangements and a large screen TV.  The Drop-In Centre volunteer will provide patients with friendly conversation, activities and refreshments.

Recreation Therapist - Geriatric Program Volunteer

Volunteers play an integral and important role to enhance the patient and family experience at Ontario Shores.  This role requires a high level of independence and offers autonomy in the facilitation of patient related leisure activities. The volunteer will interact with seniors diagnosed with dementia and/or other complex mental illness who present with responsive behaviour(s). In this role, the volunteer will lead leisure activities independently that are pre-planned by a Recreation Therapist (RT) and may occasionally be required to mentor new volunteers. This role will actively engage the support and insight of the RT to facilitate activities that are suitable, engaging and supportive of this patient population. 

Patient Experience / Gift Shop Volunteer:

Volunteers play an integral and important role in enhancing the patient and family experience at Ontario Shores.  The role of the Patient Experience Volunteer requires a high level of independence and autonomy in this uniquely designed volunteer position. This role has three components associated to it and offers you an opportunity to engage with patients through gift shop related duties, patient communication through the Pen Pal program and data findings gathered through surveys and entering key data into electronic filing systems.
    
The volunteer will interact with staff and patients from all units within the hospital including but not limited to forensics, geriatrics, complex general psychiatry and adolescents.  
    
The gift shop is a centralized location which provides daily necessities, arts and crafts to individuals who are inpatients within the hospital, as well as patients from within the community who attend day programs.  For those patients who have limited to no access of offsite facilities, the Gift Shop is a very important element to their day. 
 

Positions for volunteers with prior experience:

The following positions are open to volunteers who have prior experience in a hospital setting or as a graduated placement opportunity once volunteers have a minimum of 35 hours.

Forensic Program

The Forensic Program at Ontario Shores provides assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and community reintegration services in collaboration with the ORB (Ontario Review Board). Volunteers will provide patients with friendly conversation, activities and refreshments.

Geriatric Program

The Geriatric Program is for individuals usually 65 years and older who are medically stable and have age-related dementia or have a severe or complex aged related mental illness. Volunteers will provide patients with friendly conversation, activities (walking groups/outings) and refreshments.

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