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 Tanya Stilborn, Support Services Leader, at tanya@nohs.ca.


Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

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

Orientation Dates:

Tuesday, August 28: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM or Wednesday, August 29: 6:30 – 8:00 PM


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.

Once participants have attended the orientation session and wish to apply to the Volunteer Program, all potential volunteers will successfully complete:

- a pre-training interview
- a criminal record check
- provide three satisfactory personal references from persons not related to them

Upon acceptance, new volunteers are required to attend an 18-hour training course (six 3 hour sessions). The fall training dates are as follows:

Thursday Sept 13 and 20: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday Sept 14 and 21: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday Sept 15 and 22: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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:

Tanya Stilborn
Support Services Leader
250-503-1800 Ext 110
tanya@nohs.ca