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Volunteers are the backbone of the Vancouver Hospice Society.
We are proud to have an amazing team of over 200 volunteers who work with us to support patients and families at the hospice, and in the community. Volunteers are carefully selected, and those who work directly with patients and families undergo a comprehensive 30-hour hospice training course. These kind and compassionate individuals sit with dying patients at the bedside, visit palliative individuals in their homes, provide Healing Touch sessions, and offer bereavement support.
Volunteers also run our hospice thrift shops, manage the reception desk, help with administrative tasks, and work in fundraising and special events. Our beautiful gardens are cared for by a crew of dedicated garden volunteers, and our hospice facility is in top shape thanks to the ongoing attention of our maintenance volunteers!

All volunteers who work directly with patients & families – either at the hospice or in the community – must successfully complete the standard hospice volunteer training course. Our next course is scheduled for May 25 – June 8, 2019, and includes all of the following 5 sessions: 
  • Sat, May 25 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Wed, May 29 (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
  • Sat, June 1 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Wed, June 5 (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
  • Sat, June 8 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)

If you wish to volunteer, please email the following to

  1. Volunteer Application Form (first download the pdf, then open and fill it out on your computer, then re-save with a different file name)
  2. Resume
  3. Short letter of interest