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Wellness volunteers support individuals diagnosed with a life threatening illness, their family members and those who are bereaved. The process to become a wellness volunteer is extensive and requires a strong commitment of all that join the team. Successful individuals can explain why it is they are drawn to this type of work, have some knowledge of loss and are aware of the differences in the way people experience grief. Successful volunteers are able to listen and understand that volunteer work is not a place to share their own opinions. Visiting and Wellness Volunteers must be 18 years or older. If you have experienced the death of a significant person, we ask that you wait one year to apply to be a client volunteer.


Certified practitioners in areas such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, etc. provide services to clients either in the therapy room at HHCA or in the client’s home. As well, group facilitators provide classes such as yoga, meditation, etc. 

  • 2 - 4 hours per week minimum one year commitment

Process to Become a Wellness Volunteer


  1. Review our website and familiarize yourself with what we do.

  2. Read and reflect on the Things to Consider…” 

  3. Review Core Concepts in Palliative Care  course information. This training is mandatory for all volunteers who will be involved in interaction with clients 

  4. Complete the Volunteer Application

  5. Contact the Coordinator of Volunteers to make arrangements for an interview. Be prepared to answer questions about why you wish to volunteer, what you will be able to contribute, and please be familiar and comfortable with or willing to learn about the type of support we provide.

  6. Reference checks will be completed by Coordinator.

  7. Volunteer will be registered by HHCH staff for the 33-hour “Core Concepts in Palliative Care” training . 

  8. Volunteer will need to obtain a “Police Vulnerable Sector Check” through York Region Police (fee to be paid by volunteer).

  9. Upon completion of Core Concepts training, volunteer will attend a HHCH Orientation meeting and Physical Skills Training.

  10. Volunteers are asked to complete at least two continuing education or volunteer meetings sessions offered by HHCH and/or in the community on an annual basis.


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