Current Volunteer Openings - Cantonese-Speaking "Wellness Buddy" Volunteer

Interested in supporting seniors in a fun way? This may be the volunteering experience you are looking for!

The Prescribing Wellness Program is recruiting Wellness Buddies to support and build positive relationships with seniors in the community. Coming out to the community may be challenging for seniors who are isolated with multiple barriers, and that’s why your role is important--you will be their buddy to support and encourage them when needed. You will be able to have friendly chats with seniors over the phone, enjoy relaxing walks with them around the neighbourhood, and accompany them to community activities, such as painting workshops and Taichi classes.


Work Location:

In person, and phone communication as needed.

Various location available in East Vancouver. Volunteers are required to travel.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide wellness in person visits and phone check ins with seniors;
  • Accompany seniors to community recreational programs, activities, events, and other services as needed
  • Report to Wellness Worker if any concerns arise during visits


Time Commitment and Schedule:  1-3 hours per week depending on volunteer availability. Minimum commitment of 3 months. 


Qualifications Required:

  • Criminal Record Check Clearance
  • 19 years or older
  • Currently, fluent Cantonese speakers are needed


Personal Traits/ Qualities Desired:

  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Patient
  • Non-judgmental and respectful
  • Basic knowledge on seniors with mental health


Orientation and Training Provided:

  • General orientation to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the position.
  • On-the job training


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Gain valuable experience with multicultural seniors
  • Build social connections with people in your community
  • Support the work of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in our mission to build bridges, harvest diversity and foster integration through service and advocacy.



  • This position will be supervised by the Community Wellness Worker


Application and Screening Process:

Please click the "Fill in an Application" at the top right of the page. Please indicate that you are applying for the <Wellness Buddy> position.

Selected applicants will be interviewed prior to placement and must have a criminal record check clearance prior to volunteering. Thank you!

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Wednesday, May 17, 2023 and Friday, May 17, 2024