Central Zone - Cancer Care & Palliative Care



Volunteers are an integral part of the Palliative Care Team. Through a variety of volunteer roles and settings, they provide compassionate care, comfort, and support to patients living with a life-limiting illness, and their families/visitors.

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Palliative Care volunteer

Nova Scotia Health's Palliative Care Volunteers are an integral part of the Palliative Care Team.  Through a variety of volunteer roles and settings, they provide compassionate care, comfort, and support to patients who are living with a life-limiting illness. 

This program is not open to those who have had a personal experience with loss and bereavement within the last year.

Palliative Care Therapy Dog Team volunteer

Our Therapy Dog volunteers bring comfort, joy, and a sense of companionship through pet visitation to patients and their families on the palliative care unit. All Therapy Dog volunteer teams are required to be certified through the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Training Program or Therapeutic Paws of Canada. As a Therapy Dog volunteer, you can provide a wonderful break in what can be a stressful time for both patients and staff alike. If you and your dog are a certified Therapy Dog team, then this role is for you.

This program is not open to those who have had a personal experience with loss and bereavement within the last year.

Palliative Care Grief Resource Support volunteer

The Palliative Care Bereavement Team Volunteer provides social support to families after the death of a loved one. They contact Newly Bereaved family members by telephone on a 1-time basis and assists with other aspects of the bereavement program such as helping in the facilitation of Memorial Services.  

Cancer Care Gardening volunteer

Our Volunteer Gardening programs bring a breath of fresh air to our facilities and create beautiful spaces for patients, visitors, residents, and staff to enjoy. This program is suitable for volunteers who can work independently, as well as in a team setting. Gardening programs involve physical work through in caring for garden spaces and are best suited for individuals who are able to easily walk, bend, reach to pick up items, crouch, and dig. The work may also involve being outside on hot days. If you love the outdoors and have a green thumb, then this role is for you.

This program is not open to those who have had a personal experience with cancer within the last year.

Cancer Care Hospitality volunteer

Our Cancer Care Hospitality Volunteers are friendly faces welcoming patients and families as they arrive to the unit for their appointments. They provide support, comfort, and  assistance,  to patients and visitors within our Cancer Care Units.  Our volunteers may offer comfort items to patients and visitors in the waiting area such as refreshments, warm blankets, tissues, head wraps.  If you have a passion for helping those living with cancer, then this role may be for you.

This program is not open to those who have had a personal experience with cancer within the last year.

Cancer Care Bulletin Board volunteer

This program provides the volunteer with an opportunity to maintain a current inventory of resource information which will be distributed and posted on various bulletin boards. The bulletin boards will be current and up to date with various information such as; Cancer Society and other community resource pamphlets.

This program is not open to those who have had a personal experience with cancer within the last year.

Palliative Care

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Our Vision

To support and promote compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who need palliative and end-of-life care.