Central Zone - Bayers Lake, Cobequid

Every day, Nova Scotia Health volunteers make someone's day brighter in communities across Nova Scotia.

Who are our volunteers?

Nova Scotia Health volunteers are individuals looking for a rewarding opportunity to share not only their time, but also to provide meaningful support to patients, clients, residents, their families and our frontline staff through a variety of roles. Volunteers are a vital link in the important work of Nova Scotia Health.

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteers complement the care provided by professional staff. As a volunteer, you can gain personal satisfaction from helping others, obtain experience relevant to your future employment or educational plans, meet new people and learn more about the health care system. 

How much time do I need to commit?

As a general rule, we ask volunteers to commit to approximately two or three hours per week, on a regularly scheduled day, for a minimum of four months. The minimum volunteer commitment may be greater than four months depending on the site and the volunteer position of interest to you.


Get to know our volunteers!

Keltie & Maiya (Therapy Dog Team)


Brenda Mackenzie (Patient and Family Advisor)

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Some Ways to Get Involved


Our Ambassador volunteers are friendly hosts to patients, families and visitors as they enter Nova Scotia Health facilities. The Ambassador Volunteers help relieve stress for patients and visitors who enter our facilities by providing directions and information about our facilities during their visit. This is a fast-paced program with varying demands requiring volunteers to be on their feet and to walk throughout the buildings. If you love meeting new people and working in a busy environment, then these roles are for you.

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One-to-One Support

Here at Nova Scotia Health we have a number of Volunteer Programs that offer One-to-One support for our patients, residents and their families. From Friendly Visitor programs to Meal Assistance programs, our volunteers offer individual support and social interaction for our patients and residents, by positively impacting patient care and dramatically reducing the workload of our frontline staff. While sitting and having a visit with a patient or resident, playing a game of cards or keeping them company during mealtime, you are providing them a much-needed social connection. If you are interested in volunteering in a role that allows for more of a personalized interaction, then one of these roles may be for you.

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Out-Patient Clinic Support

Our Out-Patient Ambulatory Clinic general volunteers provide important social interaction with patients. These volunteers give directional information to patients, and ensure they are prepared for tests by ensuring forms are completed and that patients have necessary items such as Johnny Shirts. As an Out-Patient Clinic Volunteer, you have a positive impact on patients' quality of care. If you are interested in ensuring patients have a positive experience while receiving treatment, then this role is for you.

Rehabilitation Programs

The goal of our Rehabilitation programs is to aid our patients in their recovery. Our Rehabilitation volunteers have the opportunity to support a variety of different rehabilitation experiences, including walking, group exercise, and sub-acute physiotherapy for post-surgical patients. If you are interested in rehabilitation and contributing to a patient's recovery, these roles would be of interest to you.

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Community Health Board (CHB)

Community Health Boards (CHBs) are groups of volunteers from local communities, who work together to improve health and wellness of their communities. They gather ideas from local community members and share information about how to improve and promote health and wellness close to home. They focus on the many factors that affect health and wellness in our communities including income, education, and sense of belonging, among others. CHBs share what they have learned about your health and wellness priorities with Nova Scotia Health, IWK Health Centre, and other pertinent community groups.

You cannot serve on a CHB, if you are:

  • An employee of the provincial health authority, the IWK Health Centre or the Department of Health and Wellness
  • A person who holds privileges with the provincial health authority or the IWK Health Centre

To find a Community Health Board in your area, please check the following link: 

CHB Maps

Our Values

Nova Scotia Health is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and respectful environment for team members (employees, physicians, learners and volunteers), patients, families, and visitors that reflects our Vision, Mission and Values.

Respectful Conduct

All Nova Scotia Health team members, patients, families and visitors are required to:

  • Treat each other with dignity, fairness, and respect.
  • Respect diversity, which includes both visible and invisible characteristics and includes differences such as, but not limited to, age, life stage, ability, culture, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, geographical location, language, physical characteristics, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, spirituality, and values.
  • Communicate in a respectful manner.
  • Interact without any abuse, harassment, discrimination, aggression or violence.
  • Report any inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour or conduct.

Our Values:

• Respect • Integrity • Courage • Innovation • Accountability