Killam Health Centre


Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteering with Killam Health Centre is a unique opportunity to support Patient/Resident Care.

Killam Health Centre (KHC) volunteers are individuals looking for a rewarding experience to provide meaningful support to patients/residents and their families through a variety of roles.  Volunteers are a vital link in the important work of Covenant Health.

What is the Role of the Volunteer?

Accessing health care can often be an overwhelming and stressful experience.  Volunteers provide assistance to patients and their families in a variety of roles throughout a patient’s/residents care journey.  Although there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at each site, some of our key positions include:

  • Volunteer  Visitors: Visiting with patients/residents and engaging with them in conversation and activities to make their stay a little more enjoyable
  • Volunteer Welcome Wagon – Working with residents and families to welcome new residents.
  • Volunteer Lab Transporters-working with the laboratory to transport samples to other facilities in an emergency.
  • Volunteer Drivers for Meals on Wheels- Volunteers pick up a noon meal and take it to people in the homes in the community
  • Volunteer Drivers for the Handivan- volunteers would drive the handivan for outings or appointment for patients/residents.
  • Volunteers for the Recreation Department- Assist the recreation staff with programs and events that are scheduled on the monthly activities calendar.
  • Volunteer for Pastoral Care- work with the Chaplain to assist with pastoral care, i.e. Sitting with sick patients/residents, provide respite for families, assist with spiritual care programs
  • Volunteer Community Board or Foundation Board member- the role of the member is to be a liaison with the community for information of programs and services at the health centre and to assist the other members with fundraising for equipment that is needed but not provided through regular operational funding.
  • Volunteer with musical abilities- to provide assistance with music therapy for the patients and residents
  • Volunteer with other skills and special events- to provide assistance with other programs and activities such as wood working, sewing, and knitting, scrapbooking, baking, making decorations and decorating the environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualities of a Volunteer?

If you are considering volunteering with KHC, consider whether or not you have an interest and ability in:

  • Being able to work collaboratively with health care providers to improve care and experiences for patients and their families
  • Having a strong desire to help others
  • Being a compassionate listener
  • Having an ability to show respect for the perspectives of others
  • Having an ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Have a willingness to give your time on a weekly basis for a minimum of six months

Want to apply?

If you think that volunteering with KHC is right for you and you are ready to get started, just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Click the [Fill in an Application] button on the right-hand side of this page and complete the application form.

Step 2: Volunteer Services will review your information to see if you are a suitable fit for our organization and the positions available. This will also give you an opportunity to get your questions answered. You will also be asked to supply two (2) references.

Step 3: If it is agreed that volunteering with KHC is something that you would like to pursue, you will be asked to complete our volunteering onboarding process including:

  • Completing a Police Information Check- Vulnerable Sector
  • Completing a Baseline Health Screening Assessment
  • Participate in any necessary training
  • Signing a Confidentiality Agreement outlining the expectations of volunteers in the hospital.
  • Participate in our online, site, and program specific orientations
  • Sign a photo/media and email consent forms, if applicable.

Step 4:  Learn how to use our volunteer system, how to sign up for opportunities, and how to enter volunteer hours. This can occur during or after onboarding is complete.

  • If you have any questions, please contact us by email at Geraldine.Clark@covenanthealth.ca

 

How do I become a volunteer?

We suggest reviewing the Welcome to our Program orientation slideshow, then submit a completed application. Remember, applying to volunteer is just like applying to a job! We select those best suited for the positions available in our program.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

We accept volunteers 13 years old or older. However, certain placements may have age restrictions.

How long are the volunteer service periods?

Most of our shifts are 2 hours.  However, some positions do require a longer commitment depending on the program or activity. Review the monthly activity calendar with the Recreation Dept. to pick up shifts.

How long of a commitment do I have to make?

Our program requires a 6 consecutive month commitment to our program.

How long does the process take to become a volunteer?

The clearance process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the documentation provided during the interview.

Is there an opportunity to move from one volunteer role to another?

Yes, we encourage you to seek new challenges and opportunities, but ask that you commit to your initial placement for at least three months. Depending on your availability, you may wish to volunteer in more than one department.

Can I do more than one volunteer position?

Yes, depending on your availability and the vacancies.

Do I need a criminal record check?

Yes, these are required when working with vulnerable persons.

 

Can I get a reference?

Yes, our department completes verification references for our volunteers. However, we cannot complete detailed references (such as medical school or employment references). Since we do not directly supervise volunteers in most positions, we ask that our volunteers get to know the staff they are working with each week as they are able to see them in action every time they volunteer.

If my work schedule changes, is there flexibility in changing my volunteer placement?

Yes! However, this is limited to what is available in our program and the qualifications required.

I only want to volunteer after school, after work, or on weekends. What are my options?

Please talk to the Recreation Dept. staff about this. There are a few opportunities to do this.

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Mission Statement

Our Mission

We are called to continue the healing ministry of Jesus by serving with compassion, upholding the sacredness of life in all stages, and caring for the whole person - body, mind, and soul.

Our Values

As a Catholic organization, we are committed to serving people of all faiths, cultures, and circumstances according to our values: compassion, respect, collaboration, social justice, integrity, and stewardship.

Our Vision

Inspired by our mission of service, we will be leaders and partners in transforming health care and creating vibrant communities of health and healing.