St. Michael's Health Centre


Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteering with St. Michael’s Health Centre is a unique opportunity to support Patient and Resident Care.

St. Michael’s Health Centre (SMHC) 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, residents and their families in a variety of roles throughout a patient’s health care journey. Some of our volunteer positions include:

  • Volunteer Visitors: Visiting with patients and engaging with them in conversation and activities to make their stay a little more enjoyable
  • Supporting Programs: Assisting with bingos, music, baking, portering for chapel and the hairdresser

What are the qualities of a Volunteer?

If you are considering volunteering with SMHC, 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 throughout Alberta
  • 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 SMHC 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.

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

  • Completing a Police Information Check
  • Participate in any necessary training
  • Signing a Confidentiality Agreement outlining the expectations of volunteers in the Health Centre.
  • 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 marc.dufresne@covenanthealth.ca

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer?

Please call the Volunteer Coordinator to set up an appointment and further discuss the opportunity to share your time and talent as a volunteer at St. Michael’s Health Centre

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

We accept volunteers 16 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, once a week. However, some positions do require a 4 hour commitment once a week.

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 process usually takes about 2 weeks with a short visit followed by a scheduled time for orientation and a familiarization of the different areas at SMHC.

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?

Unfortunately, we are not recruiting for volunteers in these positions.   

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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.