As a volunteer-led organization, volunteers are imperative to the operation of Huron Shores Hospice (HSH). In 2019, our volunteers gave 2374 hours to contribute to the hospice and help create a loving and home-like atmosphere for all of our residents.
The relationships you make and the experiences you have planning fundraisers, supporting families, empowering our residents to live well to the end of their lives, reminds us to live each day to the fullest.
Volunteers make all the good work we do at Huron Shores Hospice possible. We are so grateful to have so many members of our community contribute their time to making those final moments compassionate, comfortable, and dignified.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Comfort Care Volunteer*
Comfort care volunteers work within the hospice as part of our care team providing emotional and practical support to the resident and their family. Volunteers must take a fundamentals course on hospice and palliative care and complete screening before they can volunteer in the suite and support our residents and their families.
Support Volunteers *
Support volunteers help residents and family before and after death, working in both community and residential hospice settings. Volunteer roles include Admissions Volunteers, End-of-Life Death Doulas and Grief Support Specialists. Support volunteers must complete screening and specified training prior to commencing their role.
Complementary Therapy Volunteers*
We are currently looking to recruit new volunteers to support our Complementary Therapy Program. We are looking for skilled practitioners with formal training in massage therapy, reiki, therapeutic touch, meditation, reflexology. We hope to offer these therapies in collaboration with regulated health care providers as a supportive adjunct to the palliative care plan in support of physical, psychological and spiritual well being.
Fundraising & Community Awareness
Fundraising volunteers work as part of planning committees for our annual events and/or contribute on the day of events. Community awareness volunteers attend community hosted events, thanking our supporters and providing information about the Hospice and our programs.
Administrative Support Volunteers
Administrative volunteers work with our administrative team or Board of Directors. Assistance with processing donations, filing, computer work, making telephone calls, as well as working on projects.
Board of Directors
Huron Shores Hospice is governed by a community-member volunteer Board of Directors that give their time and talent to provide strategic guidance and oversight to the organization. As a working board, 15-20 hours per month is required. Succession planning for the board is through committee membership.
Committee Member Volunteers
Committee member volunteers have interest or experience in the areas of Finance, Resident Care, Fundraising and Event Planning, Bereavement, Governance and Grant Writing. Committee volunteers attend regular meetings and contribute to the mandate of the committee which include:
For Volunteer opportunities working directly with
hospice residents and family members
Volunteer Training provided by the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) covers a variety of important topics such as the Role of the Volunteer and Understanding Professional Boundaries, Spirituality, Understanding the Dying Process, Pain and Symptom Management, Infection Prevention and Control, as well as Cultural Considerations.
For more information go to: https://www.hpco.ca/volunteertraining/