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

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/caregivers 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’.

Volunteer Information Sessions: 

Currently on Zoom.  If you can’t make any of the below dates or prefer an in person session, please email Kimberly khughes@mcnallyhousehospice.com 

Monday, September 26th at 2:00pm REGISTER NOW 

Thursday, September 29th at 10:00am  REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, October 5th at 1:00pm REGISTER NOW

Friday, October 7th at 11:00am REGISTER NOW

Volunteer Inquiries

  • 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! Please tell us a little about yourself. We will be in touch about opportunities at McNally House.

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

  • Hospice Residence Volunteers (Reception, Kitchen, Resident Care)
  • Bereavement Support / Groups, Wellness Activities
  • Fundraising
  • Office Support
  • Complimentary Services (Massage etc.)
  • Special Events
  • Grounds and Building Maintenance, and Gardening!
  • Student Placements: High School, Social Service Worker, Fundraising/Events, Volunteer Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Leadership and Social Media

Current Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for Bereavement Care Volunteers and Hospice Residence Volunteers (in-house), gardening and student placements.  

Training Courses

2022 Training Dates: Early Nov 2022 (Virtual/Zoom) and online modules starting after interviewed, to be completed before virtual sessions.  Contact us today to get registered!

What training & preparation is required?

Introductory training is required and completed through online modules (can start anytime.)  After the online modules volunteers attend our online/virtual sessions to finish training. This training is offered free to potential McNally House volunteers. Training is part of our screening process and is offered 2-3 times a year depending on interest.

Some of the topics of study for the Hospice Residence/Bereavement program include:

  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Emotional & Psychological Issues with Death and Dying
  • Spirituality & Social needs of McNally residents
  • Self Care for Volunteers (stress management)
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement
  • Palliative Ethics
  • Empathetic Communication
  • Nutrition
  • Responsibility of the Volunteer
  • Diversity & anti-oppressive framework
  • Specific McNally orientation



Volunteer Testimonials

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


Karen Soles Street
McNally Residential & Bereavement Volunteer


Rosemary Addison
McNally Residential & Bereavement Volunteer


Ken Sheward
McNally Fundraising & Community Events Volunteer


Peggy tenBrinke
McNally Bereavement & Residential Volunteer


Barbara Wright
McNally Residential + Fundraising Volunteer


Janice Bovine
McNally Residential Volunteer


Don and Grace Roberts
McNally Residential Volunteers


Cora Vanden Bogert
McNally Residential Volunteer


Brian Vacon
McNally House Board of Directors


Carole Menzies
McNally House Board of Directors


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!

We are grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation


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