Northern Zone - Colchester, East Hants, Pictou

Every day, Nova Scotia Health volunteers make someone's day brighter. Our volunteers support patients, clients and residents 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 provide meaningful support to patients, 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 two to three hours per week on a regular 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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Available Opportunities

Transportation Programs

Immediate volunteer driver positions available for the New Hope Program New Glasgow (Class 5) - Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital (Class 4)

Volunteer Transportation programs and services are critical in meeting the mobility needs of vulnerable populations. 

Nova Scotia Health operates a passenger van for purposes of client transportation to and from the New Hope site in New Glasgow and Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou (Class 4) for off-site programs / events that are run by various programs and groups. The objective of this service is to improve client access to programs, and to facilitate group-based outings for clients thereby improving their quality of life.  Volunteer Drivers will participate in a schedule of drivers to ensure consistent availability of the van service.

If you enjoy driving and meeting new people, this could be the volunteer opportunity for you!

Primary Health Care

We have an immediate volunteer opening at the Truro Sexual Health Clinic. The Clinic offers a range of services to provide inclusive, accessible, sexual health services for all people. The volunteer role is to assist staff with supporting the Clinic and supporting patients.


  • Ability to follow instructions and receive guidance.
  • Follow occupational health and safety guidelines.
  • Follow Nova Scotia Health's mission and vision while volunteering.
  • Able to communicate well and have a non-judgmental attitude.
  • Reliable and Respectful.
  • Capable of working both independently and in a team environment.

Note: this role will be located at Truro Sexual Health Centre 68 Robie St Suite 130, Truro, NS B2N 1L2 

Administrative Support

We have an immediate volunteer opening at the Aberdeen Hospital for an Admin Support Volunteer.

Our Administrative Support Roles are integral to many of our department programs. Administrative Support Volunteers lend staff a helping hand with various tasks such as Patient Appointment Reminder Calls, filing, and even Special Project administrative support. If you have had either previous office experience or would like to gain experience in an administrative role in a health care setting, then this role may be for you.


Duties may include:

  • Filing
  • Collecting information
  • Data entry
  • Data analysis
  • Prepare/create blank documents such as questionnaires, forms, surveys
  • Assist with preparation of handouts, journal articles, presentations


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.

Duties may include:

  • assist finding locations throughout designated hospital buildings
  • assist visitors making contact with the appropriate department and/or staff person
  • when required, provide wheelchair to accompany person to floor, clinic or room.
  • be a friendly host to all

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