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Hospital volunteers

“Volunteers truly personify the core values of The Ottawa Hospital; their compassion, commitment to quality, teamwork and respect demonstrate every day how one person’s actions can make a significant difference in the lives of our patients and our staff.”

– Dr. Jack Kitts, President & CEO, The Ottawa Hospital

At The Ottawa Hospital, more than 1100 men, women, and young people are actively involved as volunteer association members, working to help fulfill the hospital’s vision, mission, and values.

Our volunteers represent diverse cultures, age groups, abilities, and life experiences. Some are looking ahead to future careers in health care; others are looking back over the rich life experiences that have equipped them for their role as volunteers. Whatever their backgrounds, all of our volunteers are working to enhance the quality of care offered in our hospital. Our volunteers truly are People Helping People.

Thinking about volunteering? All you need is a willingness to help people, a little time to share and a desire to challenge yourself. Your gift of time and energy would be invaluable to our patients and staff.

Retirees

Retirees share their stories about why they volunteer at The Ottawa Hospital.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Ottawa Hospital where it is our vision to provide each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service, and compassion that we would want for our loved ones.

Commitment and Qualifications
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  • Eight-month commitment (50 hour minimum for summer students). Cottagers and snowbirds are welcome!
  • Most assignments require one shift of 3-4 hours per week.
  • Desire to provide EXCELLENT customer service at all times
  • Excellent at working in a cooperative team environment
  • Eager to participate in courses and change practices in continuous pursuit of excellence
  • Age requirements: 16 yrs and up

Timelines

To ensure the best quality of volunteers and services offered, we have a thorough screening and training process. If a good fit is found for your interests and availability, it can take 1 to 2 months to start volunteering. Please note that in order for information to be current, we keep applications for a period of four months, after which, you need to re-apply.

Steps to Become a Volunteer

  • If you are a good fit for our commitment level and current needs, fill-out an online Application at the end of the next page.
  • If your application proceeds to the next stage, you will be provided with a description of the specific role for which you are being considered.  At that time, you will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire.
  • Upon review, an interview may be scheduled.  You will need to provide two references (no family or friends, please).
  • If you are given an assignment – The next steps are:
    • TB testing – free of charge at the hospital
    • Criminal record check (for those 18 years and over) – free of charge with a letter
    • Photo ID and uniform – $20 deposit required

Apply online to be a volunteer! 

     Or
Apply by phone or in person,
call 613-798-5555 x 82318

Other volunteer opportunities with The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation organizes events throughout the year, raising much-needed funds for patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital. Volunteers are needed for various positions including registration, logistics and onsite event services. If you are interested in volunteering for an upcoming event contact: events@toh.ca or 613-798-5555 x 19832