“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.”
Terri Guillemets


At 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!

Volunteers are quite literally the foundation of Vancouver Hospice Society and are a vital part of the holistic patient-centred care we provide.

Hospice Volunteers:

All volunteers who work directly with patients & families – either at the hospice or in the community – must successfully complete a standard 30-hour hospice volunteer training course.

Our volunteer training and onboarding cycles for 2023 are now closed. If you would like to be considered for future volunteer trainings and opportunities, please email the following to: volunteer@vancouverhospice.org

  • Hospice Volunteer Application (Download the pdf, open and fill it out on your computer, then re-save with a different file name).
  • Resume
  • Short letter of interest

If you have already completed your 30-hour standard Hospice training elsewhere, and are interested in volunteering with Vancouver Hospice Society, please contact volunteer@vancouverhospice.org to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Thrift Shop Volunteers:

If you wish to volunteer at one of our thrift shops please email the following to volunteer@vancouverhospice.org:

Note: Currently prioritizing applicants with weekend availability.