Volunteers

Our hospice was built by the community for the community and is supported by the community.  Our volunteers are an integral part of our day to day operations.   We would love to help you explore if palliative care or bereavement services are right for you!

Why You Should Volunteer Hospice

Volunteering at McNally House Hospice is very rewarding. You will meet many different types of people and form relationships based on mutual respect, understanding, and caring. As a hospice volunteer you will:

  • Make a difference in people’s lives
  • Develop a wide network
  • Develop a range of skills & experience that can be used in everyday life
  • Receive ongoing education and development
  • Do your part in bringing about social change

Working in palliative care is one of the most rewarding volunteer choices anyone can make. Not only does it make a huge difference to the person who is dying and their family, but also to the volunteer’s own life. Volunteers learn to cherish each day, listen deeply and value life as a gift.

How To Become A Volunteer

Our volunteers are interviewed, screened and trained in order to provide the best quality care to our residents and families. They are a part of the multidisciplinary care team involved in the resident’s care.

Anyone can volunteer – but palliative care is not for everyone!

Palliative Care volunteers are generally over the age of 18. In this work, life experiences and life skills are enormously beneficial. However, there are no formal qualifications or previous experience necessary – only the desire to be of service to palliative care patients and their families/carers and the willingness to learn from those they serve.

Volunteers need to be patient, flexible, non judgmental, understanding and accepting of other people’s beliefs and values. They need to be able to work within a team, and provide support & encouragement to their peers. They also need to understand and accept the philosophy of palliative care. Perhaps one of the most important criteria is that volunteers should be happy to BE with people and not feel they have to fix things. It’s about ‘presence’.

One of the best ways to get involved is to attend a volunteer information session.

Volunteer Recruitment

Please contact Kimberly if you would be interested in hearing about our volunteer programs.  We will cover the role of volunteers, the training session and requirements for volunteering.  Come to visit, have a coffee and a chat! You will receive information about the police check process (we have a form) as well as the opportunity to sign up for an interview. Email jblack@mcnallyhousehosp.com

Apply to Become a Volunteer

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Opportunities

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They serve in many ways:

  • Residential Volunteers (Reception, Kitchen, Resident Care)
  • Bereavement Support / Groups, Wellness Activities
  • Fundraising
  • Office Support
  • Complimentary Services (Massage etc)
  • Special Events
  • Grounds and Building Maintenance, Gardening space

Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for Residential Volunteers and Bereavement Support.  

Training Courses

Training will commence in Spring 2021(TBD) and we encourage you to contact us using the application form above.

What training & preparation is required?

Introductory training is required.  The length of the course is 42 hours and it is offered free to potential McNally House volunteers.

Some of the topics of study for the residential program include:

  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Emotional + Psychological Issues with Death and Dying
  • Spirituality
  • Self Care for Volunteers (stress management)
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement
  • Palliative Ethics
  • Empathetic Communication
  • Nutrition
  • Responsibility of the Volunteer

Volunteers do not write a test, but must attend the whole course. Sessions are mandatory and participants should plan to attend every session. Donations towards the course + materials are appreciated. In special circumstances: first 5 sessions are MANDATORY, as is session 10.  Online supplements for other sessions available  **

Volunteers specifically needed for alternate Friday 4-7 shifts, Alternate Saturday 4-7, Saturday 8-12 and 12-4.  Sunday 12-4, Sunday 4-6, alternate Tuesday 12-4, Thursday 8-12.

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Volunteer Recognition

The work at McNally House Hospice would not be possible without our team of skilled, dedicated and passionate volunteers.

We host an annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner to extend our gratitude.  Our thanks goes out to every member of our team; from our board members, residential volunteers, maintenance team to the volunteers who support us on committees, at events and through fundraising.

June Callwood Circle of Outstanding Volunteers

2019

Karen Soles Street
McNally Residential & Bereavement Volunteer

2018

Rosemary Addison
McNally Residential & Bereavement Volunteer

2017

Ken Sheward
McNally Fundraising & Community Events Volunteer

2016

Peggy tenBrinke
McNally Bereavement & Residential Volunteer

2015

Barbara Wright
McNally Residential + Fundraising Volunteer

2014

Janice Bovine
McNally Residential Volunteer

2013

Don and Grace Roberts
McNally Residential Volunteers

2012

Cora Vanden Bogert
McNally Residential Volunteer

2011

Brian Vacon
McNally House Board of Directors

2010

Carole Menzies
McNally House Board of Directors

2009

Shirley Martin
McNally House Board of Directors

This award is designed to recognize and show appreciation for those individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and community and service organizations who best exemplify vision, financial support and dedication towards fostering the true spirit of hospice palliative care in Ontario.    Congratulations to our award winners!