We are accepting applications for the Spring & Fall session of the Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Training Course.
The spring session of the training will be held at St Michael’s Centre – 7451 Sussex Avenue, Burnaby BC. May 2-June 27, every Wednesday evening ,6-9 pm.
The fall session of training will take place September 5 – 29th, on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 pm and on Saturdays 9-4 pm, at the Burnaby Hospice Society office – located at 4535 Kingsway, Burnaby BC. The fall training dates are: September 5, 8, 12, 19, 22, 26, & 29.
This 35-hour course provides adult learners with a basic introduction to Hospice Palliative Care and the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a hospice palliative care volunteer with those impacted by a serious, life-limiting illness or grieving a loss of a loved one.
*Please note maximum enrollment of the course is limited to 15 participants. To ensure that you have a seat, please complete the application and forward to:
Colleen Rush – Palliative Services
Burnaby Hospice Society volunteers are special people who share their time, give their energy and support our clients to enhance the quality of life for those facing a life-threatening illness or grieving the loss of a loved one.
Whether visiting palliative patients, providing administrative support or helping customers in our thrift store, volunteers are the heart of our society and play an integral role in our daily operations
Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers
Provide direct care to palliative patients and families who are facing an advanced illness, or who are bereaved, offer respite for caregivers, visit with clients and families, run errands, write letters, and provide support to the grieving.
Because hospice palliative care volunteers may provide care in client’s homes, they must submit an application and go through an interview process. In addition, all hospice palliative care volunteers must complete an introductory 35-hour training program and have a criminal check approved.
Get more information on volunteering: Download the training Application.
Special Event Volunteers
Help with our Annual Tree of Lights, Fashion Show, Hike for Hospice, Golf Classic and many other events.
Administrative Service Volunteers
Support our work by assisting in office duties such as answering phones, assembling information packets, filing, greeting visitors and clients, preparing mailings and writing acknowledgments.
Thrift Store Volunteers
There are many volunteer opportunities at the Thrift Store. Four-hour shifts are encouraged but any time is appreciated. Download a Thrift Store Volunteer Application Form.
some of the benefits of volunteering include
- Making a difference in people’s lives
- Networking and forming friendships
- Bringing about social and organizational change
- Developing skills and experience
- Ongoing education and development