This service supports patients, their families, visitors and staff. It also helps to create valuable, meaningful and lasting community partnerships. Our valued volunteers assist with various programs and services and participate in enhancing these services and programs in ways that are both challenging and rewarding. Always diverse and interesting, these opportunities enrich the healthcare experience for patients and their families, and assist the staff in their daily routine.
Participation in our programs also provides the volunteer with an outlet to have a significant impact on the lives of the people we serve and to gain a sense of personal pride and accomplishment.
Together we can create Healthy People, Healthy Communities . . . For Generations!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I become a volunteer?
A. Starting the process to becoming a volunteer begins by submitting an online application form located on the former Cape Breton District Health Authority public website (at the top right-hand side of the page). Upon receipt of the application, the potential volunteer will be contacted to schedule an interview. The successful applicant will then provide a criminal record check, statement of health, two personal references, and a child abuse registry check and participate in mandatory orientation and training before beginning volunteer work in a designated program. Student volunteers have a slightly different process in that they need a Parental Consent form completed by a parent/guardian, two school references and a Health Assessment form. Students under the age of 19 do not require a criminal record check or child abuse registry check. All forms are available online and will be emailed to you following receipt of your application. If you do not have access to a computer, please phone the Volunteer Services to have one mailed to you. You can also pick up the application package at the Volunteer Services office on the main level of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Q. What Volunteer Programs are currently available?
Lead Volunteers (for several programs listed below)(NEW)
Adult Day Program Volunteers (GB & NS)
Patient Visitors Unit 2West at NSGH (NEW)
Hand-Hygiene Ambassador Program (NEW - CBRH/GB/NS/NW)
VolunTEEN Program (All Sites)
Volunteer Greeters (CBRH)
Renal Dialysis Unit Patient Visitors
Palliative Care Volunteers (Next Training Nov. 2016)
Q. What are the benefits to volunteering?
Health Care Professions students can gain experience in a health care environment.
Opportunities for networking.
Opportunities for personal development and growth.
Options for access to training and education.
Personal sense of accomplishment.
Satisfaction knowing that your efforts help others.
Gain an important sense of community pride and spirit.
Build you’re interpersonal and communication skills.
Opportunities to form lifelong friendships.
Feeling good knowing that your contribution makes a difference.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle by being active and involved and servicing your community.
Q. Is there an age limit to volunteering?
A. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, with the exception of our VolunTEEN Program that is offered to students in grades 10, 11 and 12.