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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:

Finance Committee

Oversees the overall financial health of HSH by ensuring the appropriate financial controls and accountabilities exist with respect to finance and areas of material risk.

Resident Care Committee

Provides oversight and guidance of the care of residents of HSH in order to empower individuals to live well during their end of life journey.

Fundraising Committee

Oversees, sets policy, supports development activities including all fundraising events, donor cultivation and recognition.

Bereavement Committee

Provides oversight and direction to all activities for residents and their families as well as community education, outreach and education related to bereavement.


Ensures that processes, procedures and policies are in order for the good governance of HSH in line with bylaws and letters patent.

Grant Writing Committee

Oversees and develops policy related to grants. Researches possible grants and executes accordingly.

For Volunteer opportunities working directly with

hospice residents and family members

Qualifications Required:

Education & Credentials: Degrees/Certificates

A prerequisite minimum of 30 hours of palliative training prior to or before completion of orientation is required. Valid driver’s license with appropriate insurance coverage, and safe driving history for volunteers driving as part of their duties.

Experience: Years & type of experience

Demonstrated capacity to seek direction and feedback from program staff, and exhibit calm, sensitive qualities, particularly in changing situations of stress and/or uncertainty Past health care training or experience with chronic and/or life-threatening illness is an asset but not a requirement. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: 1. Recent recovery from a major stress or bereavement or issues of unresolved grief. 2. Concurrent major stress or family issue. 3. Desire to impose their own views (religious, personal, medical or psychological) on others, or who have a philosophy, which is not compatible with VON and the concept of Palliative Care.

Skills & Values:

Ability to demonstrate: - Respect for privacy and confidentiality - Mature judgement, dependability, adaptability and trustworthiness. - Compassion and caring - Good communication and active listening skills, with a capacity to affirm life (listen to residents who wish to talk about personal life meaning, regrets, fears, legacies) - Capacity to remain calm in unexpected situations - Responsibility in referring to program staff for guidance when uncertain and in seeking answers to questions - Independence and teamwork styles - Understands the role of a volunteer - Setting of clear boundaries and understanding of the limits of their role, particularly in maintaining an appropriate relationship with family and other caregivers in the formal and informal network - Capacity to adhere to VON policies and procedures - Attendance at training and support group meetings as established by the program

Screening Requirements:

- Volunteer Application - Personal interview - Police records check - References - Drivers license, safe vehicle, applicable car and liability insurance and good driver record (for drivers)

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. 

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