St. Joseph's Auxiliary Hospital


Volunteering with St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital is a unique opportunity to support Residents Care.

St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital volunteers are individuals looking for a rewarding experience to provide meaningful support to 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?

Volunteers provide assistance to residents and their families in a variety of roles throughout a residents health care journey. Although there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at each site, some of our key positions include:

  • Recreation assistant: setting up activities, portering residents to the activities and assisting the residents to engage in the activities.
  • Friendly Visitor: Visiting with residents and engaging with them in conversation and activities to make their hospital stay a little more enjoyable.
  • Mealtime Assistant: meals are an essential and enjoyable part of everyone’s  routine. Volunteers enable and enhance this routine for our residents.
  • Pastoral Care Volunteers: there are a variety of positions within our Pastoral Services that include compassionate support and seek community involvement.                                   

What are the qualities of a Volunteer?

If you are considering volunteering with SJAH, consider whether or not you have an interest or ability in the following:

  • Being able to work collaboratively with health care providers to improve care and experiences for residents and their families.
  • Have a strong desire to help others
  • Being a compassionate listener
  • Having an ability to show respect for the perspective 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 St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital 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 SJAH is something that you would like to pursue, you will be asked to complete our volunteering on boarding process including:

  • Completing a Police Information Check
  • 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 on-boarding is complete.

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

 

 Frequently asked questions:

How do I become a volunteer?

You may acquire a summary of volunteer opportunities that is available online or at our reception. Or you may attend a regularly scheduled information session, then submit a completed application. Remember applying to volunteer is just like applying to 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 volunteer service periods?

Most of our shifts are 2 hours, once a week. Some placements will have  a one full day or half day placements.

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.

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 assess your work ethic each 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.

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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.