Join Our Team

Volunteering at Hotel Dieu Hospital is an excellent chance to belong to a caring community where you can share your talents, network, meet new friends and develop new skills all while giving back to your community.

Every year approximately 300 volunteers generously donate almost 20,000 volunteer hours throughout the hospital.  Through Volunteer Services they also help raise funds in excess of $150000 annually towards the purchase of much needed hospital equipment, supplies and patient comfort measures. As valued members of the Hotel Dieu team, volunteers play a vital role in:

  • creating a friendly & warm environment
  • enabling staff to perform their duties uninterrupted - which means more efficiently
  • making directions & non-medical information readily available
  • improving the quality of patients’ experience & overall satisfaction with their visit

Volunteers are generally expected to commit to one shift per week (2-3 hours) for a minimum of 6 months.

Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to discuss the screening & training requirements, the opportunities available, your expectations and ours.

Volunteers may be placed according to the vacancies at that time and the interests, skills and suitability of the prospective volunteer.

Please see below for the processes we ask volunteers to follow.

High School Students: Elements of Health Care Program

The application deadline is always the last Friday in May. 
This is the only time of the year we start new youth volunteers at Hotel Dieu.

Our Elements of Health Care Program is designed to introduce secondary school students to the sophisticated world of Health Care careers and programs. Teens will develop personal skills, participate with others in a meaningful volunteer experience and learn about various aspects of Health Care in a hands-on environment.   Space is limited in this program however all qualified youth will be considered.  This program is coordinated by a post-secondary student who is hired each summer through a grant and works under the direction of the Manager Volunteer Resources.  The Elements of HC Coordinator starts in the month of May and coordinates the interviews, orientation, training, scheduling and ongoing supervision of all the youth volunteers.

Benefits:

  • the opportunity to participate in tours of clinics and hear presentations from Health Care Professionals
  • development of your communication and leadership skills
  • gain 40 + hours hands-on practical experience in an ambulatory care hospital
  • enhance your leadership and organizational skills as an active fundraising committee member
  • Certificate of Achievement and letter of reference  (upon successful completion of requirements)
  • the opportunity for hands-on learning about the extensive number of health care careers
  • the opportunity to make a difference every day in the lives of people dealing with health care concerns.

Requirements for the Program:

  • Must have completed Grade 8 by July of the year you are applying and must have parental/ guardian consent if under the age of 18.
  • Each application must include two references in an envelope sealed and signed by the reference.  These can be letters of reference or you can provide them with our Reference Form (below).
  • Once selected each volunteer must attend mandatory orientation sessions.
  • Once selected each volunteer will be responsible for completing Occupational Health Screening.  You can have the screening completed through your family doctor, or a walk-in clinic, and there may be costs involved to have it done.
    The screening includes evidence of the following:
    a) A Completed 2-step Mantoux (or 1-step Mantoux if documentation of previous 2-step Mantoux is provided)
    b) Evidence of immunity to Rubella, Mumps, Rubeola and Varicella
  • Please download the attached HDH Health Screening Form for Volunteers (below) which you will take to your health care practitioner, or walk-in clinic, to be completed.  Take your Health Card and any vaccination records with you to that appointment.  Once the form is complete please return it to the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Hotel Dieu Hospital, as directed on the form..  So please start the process as soon as possible upon acceptance to the Elements of Health Care program.

    Once the form is complete please return it to Occupational Health at Hotel Dieu Hospital.  The mailing address and fax number are on the document.  Occupational Health will then communicate with Volunteer Resources if you are cleared to volunteer from a health screening perspective.
  • Students must volunteer hours over a minimum of 5 weeks during the summer and at least one week must be in August.
  • Applicants need to be reliable, responsible, take responsibility for scheduling their shifts, enjoy working with others and aspire to learn new skills.

If I am accepted into the program what will I do?

As a youth volunteer many opportunities will be presented to you.  You will be expected to try at least a couple of these positions over July and August: operating the snack cart; assisting in the cafe; directing patients to clinics; helping patients sign in for their appointments; serving customers in the gift shop; supporting children in the COPC playroom; assisting in administrative jobs; fundraising; helping with special projects, encouraging patients and providing comfort measures.

How to apply:

  • Download our HS-Application Form here in March.  You can also pick up an application at the Information Desk in main lobby of HDH beginning in March.
  • Submit your Application along with 2 references to Volunteer Resources by the last Friday in May.
  • Attend an interview which you will be invited to during the first two weeks of June.

Post-Secondary Students

Post-Secondary students are asked to apply according to the following schedule:

Summer Program

Applications accepted until the last Friday in March. You must be available for all of May/June/July/August. Interviews held in early April only.

Fall Program

Applications accepted until the last Friday in August. You must be available for all of September/October/November/December. Interviews held in the first and second week of September only.

Winter Program

Applications accepted until the last Friday in November. You must be available for January/February/March/April. Interviews held in early December only.

Applications received beyond the deadline will be kept on file and considered for the following intake period. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The process to apply to volunteer at HDH:

  • Submit a Volunteer Application form. Please complete this form and then email or fax it to the Manager of Volunteer Resources.
  • Two confidential references are required for all applicants.  The Reference Form (below) should be provided to your references and they email, fax or mail it back to HDH Volunteer Resources directly.
  • After your application has been received you may be invited to move forward in the process by attending an Orientation session.
  • Health Screening needs to be completed before you can begin volunteering at Hotel Dieu Hospital.  This usually takes several weeks to complete, so please start the process as soon as possible.  You can have the screening completed through your primary health practitioner, or a walk-in clinic, and there may be costs involved to have it done.
    (All staff and volunteers at Hotel Dieu Hospital must complete this mandatory communicable disease and health screening as directed by the Ontario Hospital Association and Ontario Medical Association).

    The screening includes evidence of the following:
    a) A Completed 2-step Mantoux (or 1-step Mantoux if documentation of previous 2-step Mantoux is provided)
    b) Evidence of immunity to Rubella, Mumps, Rubeola and Varicella

    Please download the attached HDH Health Screening Form for Volunteers (below) which you will take to your health care practitioner, or walk-in clinic, to be completed.  Take your Health Card and any vaccination records with you to that appointment.  Once the form is complete please return it to the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Hotel Dieu Hospital, as directed on the form.
  • Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Search All volunteer applicants over the age of 18 must show the Manager Volunteer Resources evidence of a recent CRC and VSS prior to being accepted as a volunteer.  This can be obtained by visiting the local police station or on-line through the police web site.  The cost of the CRC and VSS is assumed by the applicant however we encourage you to retain your receipt which you may submit to the Manager Volunteer Resources for reimbursement after at least 60 hours volunteered at HDH.

Adults

  • Download and submit a Volunteer Application Form. Please complete this form and then email (HDH_Volunteer@hdh.kari.net) or fax (613-544-4311) it to the Manager of Volunteer Resources.
  • Two confidential references are required for all applicants.  The Reference Form (below) should be provided to your references and they email, fax or mail it back to HDH Volunteer Resources directly.
  • After your application has been received you may be invited to move forward in the process by attending an Orientation session. 
  • Health Screening needs to be completed before you can begin volunteering at Hotel Dieu Hospital.  This usually takes several weeks to complete, so please start the process as soon as possible.  You can have the screening completed through your primary health practitioner, or a walk-in clinic, and there may be costs involved to have it done.
    (All staff and volunteers at Hotel Dieu Hospital must complete this mandatory communicable disease and health screening as directed by the Ontario Hospital Association and Ontario Medical Association).

    The screening includes evidence of the following:
    a) A Completed 2-step Mantoux (or 1-step Mantoux if documentation of previous 2-step Mantoux is provided)
    b) Evidence of immunity to Rubella, Mumps, Rubeola and Varicella

  • Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Search All adult applicant must show the Manager Volunteer Resources evidence of a recent CRC and VSS prior to being accepted as a volunteer.  This can be obtained by visiting the local police station or on-line through the police web site.  The cost of the CRC and VSS is assumed by the applicant however we encourage you to retain your receipt which you may submit to the Manager Volunteer Resources for reimbursement after at least 60 hours volunteered at HDH.