Volunteers

Volunteers play a key role in our mission to provide the highest quality of end-of-life care for all in the North Okanagan.

If you are interested in volunteering at NOHS, we invite you to fill out an
Expression of Interest Form  (to download the form, click on the form link and save it to your computer).

Please forward your completed form to Leigh Van Dyke, Client Support Services Manager, at leigh@nohs.ca.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions

Interested in Hospice? Join us for an information session on one of these dates.  Please RSVP your attendance to leigh@nohs.ca:

Orientation Dates: 
August 29: 6:30 – 8:00 PM or August 30: 
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Please note the following are the training dates upon acceptance into the Volunteer Program: 

Training consists of six 3 hour sessions:

Thursday Sept 14 and 28: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday Sept 15 and 29: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday Sept 16 and 30: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

It is mandatory to attend all six sessions however accommodations can be made should you be unable to attend one of the sessions. 


Volunteering with Us

Volunteers are an essential part of our team. Hospice relies on the support of caring and compassionate individuals to help ensure our residents and their families receive the utmost level care.

NOHS welcomes volunteers who are interested in:

  • Bringing comfort and companionship to our residents and families
  • Kitchen and meal support
  • Providing office and reception assistance
  • Helping with fundraising activities
  • Nurturing our beautiful gardens
  • Supporting our maintenance team

Training

We offer a comprehensive training program to ensure that volunteers are fully prepared for their role in our organization. The fee for this training is $60 which includes training materials and a membership to our society.

Volunteers are expected to attend scheduled training; however, make-up sessions can be arranged for prospective volunteers who are unable to make every date during the training series. Training is offered at least annually and includes the following topics:

  • The difference between hospice palliative care and curative care
  • Communication techniques
  • Active listening
  • Overcoming cultural differences
  • Understanding how spirituality and grief affect clients and families

Our Commitment to You

Ongoing training, education, supervision and appreciation are provided to all of our Hospice volunteers.

For further information on becoming a volunteer, please contact:

Leigh Van Dyke
Client Support Services Manager
250-503-1800 Ext 110
leigh@nohs.ca