Welcome to Our Volunteer Opportunities Page!


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at BC's Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre. 


Please read the following information carefully before submitting your volunteer application:


Volunteers must be 16+ years of age to be eligible for our gift shop, thrift shop, navigation and wayfinding, fun cart, and sibling support opportunities.  Volunteers who are 18+ years of age are eligible for our patient support opportunities.  This is due to the age of our pediatric patients and the nature of the assignments at BC Women's Hospital.  

Our greatest need for volunteers is Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, when there are more volunteering options.  There are very limited volunteer opportunities available on weekends and in the evenings.


We are fortunate to receive a significant volume of interest from potential volunteers.   Once an application is submitted, applicants are pre-screened from the information provided so please be comprehensive in completing the online application.  You will be invited for an information session in July, November or March for Jan 1 to April 30 term, May 1 to Aug 31 term or Sept to Dec 31 term.   Upon acceptance as a volunteer, you will then be asked to complete a criminal record check, we will contact your references and you will complete  any required orientation/training.


If we have not been in touch within 6 months, your skills, interests, and availability may not match our current vacancies and your application will be closed.  You are welcome to re-apply.


If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office at volunteer@cw.bc.ca or phone 604-875-2000 ext. 7221.


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Volunteer Assignments

Auxiliary Board and Committees

Volunteers experienced in fundraising, event planning, communications and finance as well as those seeking to develop skills in board development and organizational leadership are encouraged to be involved in the Auxiliary Board of Directors for BC Children's Hospital or BC Women's Hospitals & Health Centre.

Opportunities include:

  • Fundraising events and activities
  • Gift Shops and Thrift Shop operations
  • Other business enterprises (Holiday Cards, Silent Auction, Clothing Bin, etc.)  

Navigation and Wayfinding

Volunteers provide wayfinding support and assist patients, families and visitors to both hospitals.  Volunteers are assigned at various entrances around the hospital campus to support site screeners and help everyone get where they need to go - without adding to their stress levels!

Outgoing applicants with strong people skills are needed now and training offered year-round.

Shift times are Mondays through Sundays from 8am - 12pm, 12 - 4pm and 4 pm - 8 pm.

Direct Patient and Family Services

Volunteers contribute greatly to the "hospital experience" of children, siblings, youth, women and families.  Volunteers provide distraction and safe play environments for patients and siblings on site.  Training in age and developmentally appropriate activities, infection control & isolation precautions and an online course focusing on patient/family confidentiality and privacy are required prior to starting your assignment. Volunteers must be 18+ for patient contact positions due to the privacy of our pediatric patients and the nature of the care.  Previous experience with tutoring, sports coaching, mentoring or teaching is required.

All roles have a one-year commitment.

Opportunities include:

  • Child Life - Sunny Hill, Emergency Department, Inpatients
  • Sunny Hill Recreation and Aquatic Therapy
  • Inpatient Eating Disorders Education Support
  • Fun Cart
  • NICU & FIR Comfort Programs 

Retail Opportunities

Volunteers who have or want to acquire good retail and customer service skills can contribute to the Hospital Gift Shops (BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital) and the Still Fabulous Thrift Shop (4355 Main Street, Vancouver).

These non-profit ventures provide 100% of revenues to BC Children's & BC Women's Hospitals.

Campus Service Assignments

Volunteers contribute to programs that support all of BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Health Centre.

Opportunities include:

  • Sibling Support Centre
  • Family Support Resource Centre
  • Volunteer Office Support
  • Survey Engagement

Pet Therapy

Volunteers will have their own pet and meet specific criteria including:

  • Applicant is over 19 years of age
  • Pet is 2 years of age or older
  • Pet is calm, very well-behaved, enjoys people and demonstrates a desire 
  • Applicant and pet have a mature and respectful relationship with one another.  ie: Applicant understands stressors to pet and self and takes steps for self care
  • Applicant is respectful of others and sensitive to their needs, respectful of boundaries and a clear communicator
  • Applicants who have completed the CKC Canine Good Neighbour evaluation or are a volunteer with St John Ambulance TDT program or BC Pets and Friends are preferred.

Mission Statement

The role of Volunteer Resources is to provide volunteer support to the programs and services offered by the BC Children's and BC Women's Hospital's and Health Centres.

This support is intended to augment and supplement existing patient services providing for the psycho-social, emotional, and developmental needs of patients and their families.

Volunteers are also recruited as sales associates for our gift shops and thrift shop to raise funds for the hospitals.

Volunteers do not perform the functions of paid professional staff.