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Email:
volunteer@
sunnybrook.ca

Phone: 416-480-4129
Fax: 416-480-4248

Bayview Campus
2075 Bayview Avenue Suite E103
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5

Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre
43 Wellesley St. East
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1H1

St. John's Rehab
285 Cummer Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M2M 2G1

Where can I volunteer?

From working directly with patients, to helping raise funds which support the hospital, we offer a wide variety of opportunities for those who wish to make a difference in the lives of our patients, residents and their families.

Volunteers act as ambassadors for the hospital. Our goal is a mutually beneficial placement where volunteers help to enhance the care of our patients and have a fulfilling experience.

For students, opportunities depend on the time of year (summer or school year) and student availability.

St. John's Rehab (285 Cummer Ave.)

There are several different volunteer positions at St. John's Rehab. We will work with you to find a placement that best matches your interests with the needs of the hospital.
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  • Coffee Bar: provide hospitality and friendship as you serve coffee to patients and families
  • Gift Shop: provide customer service and sales of assorted sundries and gifts, as well as patient aids and equipment
  • H.E.L.P.P. Lottery Desk: greet patients and visitors and sell break open lottery tickets
  • Meal Assistance Program: provide one to one assistance for a patient to increase nutrition and socialization during mealtime
  • Meal Tray Delivery and Collection: partner with a team of volunteers to serve meals to our 160 inpatients
  • Nursing Unit Assistant: provide clerical support and customer service on the busy inpatient units nursing stations
  • Patient Library: sort, shelf, distribute books and interact with patients to provide an enjoyable reading experience
  • Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist Support/Transportation Volunteer: provide customer service to the patients and support the clinical team during patient treatments
  • Special Events: provide support for a weekly social activities such as Bingo, Music or Chapel Services

Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre (43 Wellesley St. East)

Our downtown site specializes in orthopaedics (surgical and non surgical treatment).
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  • Outpatient department: provide patients with support and encouragement while attending a very busy clinic (i.e. completing forms, provide directions etc.)
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Department: provide encouragement and support to post-operative knee patients re-claiming their mobility- under the supervision of a physiotherapist
  • Sunnybrook Transition Enhancement Program (STEP): engage patients in social activities, while they wait to be transferred to another care program in the community

Veterans Centre (2075 Bayview Ave.)

Our long-term care facility is home to more than 500 of Canada's war veterans. Volunteers enhance their quality of life in a variety of roles.
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  • Artisan Market: help manage the day to day operations of our beautiful retail store situated in and run for the benefit of veteran residents- features craft wares made by residents
  • Chapel Escort: transport residents in wheelchairs to faith-based services
  • Coffee Socialization: socialize and provide refreshments to veterans during a daily hour of entertainment
  • Connections: visit and teach residents to use an email system on an ipad allowing them to expand their social networks beyond the walls of Sunnybrook
  • Creative Arts Therapy: assist staff and veterans with art, music and horticultural activities
  • L-Wing Reception: provide directions and information to visitors of the Veterans Centre and assist resident using the computer lab
  • Palliative Care Visiting: provide compassionate visiting to patients and their families at the end-of-life situation
  • Pet Therapy: visit designated veterans with a dog. Must be a registered volunteer with a therapy dog organization - Therapeutic Paws of Canada or St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program
  • Recreation Therapy: assist staff and veterans with recreational activities i.e. discussion groups, special meal preparations, events and outings
  • Wheelchair Service: transport residents in wheelchairs to programs, therapies and medical appointments within the centre and hospital

Odette Cancer Centre (2075 Bayview Ave.)

A regional outpatient cancer treatment facility.
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  • Chemotherapy Unit: provide support and assistance to patients receiving chemotherapy treatment
  • Clinic Support: assist with patient flow in the clinic while helping to ease anxiety and provide a warm caring atmosphere
  • Information Desk: provide directions and assistance to patients and families; prepare and maintain refreshment carts within the centre
  • Patient Education And Research Learning Centre (PEARL): provide information to patients and family members within the resource centre including printed material, internet access, class schedules, etc.
  • Symptom Screening: provide support to patients when completing the electronic screening survey regarding symptoms associated with cancer treatment
  • Wig Room: assist patients receiving chemotherapy with selection of wigs and head coverings; as well as provide information on support programs and resources

Main hospital (2075 Bayview Ave.)

With close to 500 inpatients, and thousands of outpatient visits, there are a wide array of volunteer roles in the acute care area of the hospital.
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  • M-wing

    Courtesy Services (Greeters, HOST's, Wheelchairs): provide information, directions and way-finding from key locations or walk people to their destination throughout high traffic areas of hospital; transport patients in wheelchairs to appointments
  • Clinics and Medical Imaging: help with patient flow through the clinic, and help to ease anxiety of a hospital visit, and provide a warm, caring atmosphere
  • Emergency Department: help with assorted duties, and also help to ease the anxiety of an emergency visit for patients and their companions
  • Family Waiting Rooms: provide information and general support to family members of patients receiving care or in surgery
  • Geriatric Day Hospital: provide assistance with recreational therapy programs to elderly clients
  • Gift Shop: offer retail assistance in our beautiful shop which staff, patients and visitors rely on for their shopping needs
  • Healthy Stay Volunteer: help to encourage patients to stay as mobile as possible and provide opportunities for socialization
  • Heartpals: provide peer support to heart surgery patients pre- and post-operatively; must have had heart surgery
  • Mental Health Peer: offer support to clients; volunteer must have lived experience of a mental illness and are in an active recovery process; minimum one year from most recent episode
  • Same Day Surgery: provide general support to patients having outpatient surgery, including assisting when discharged
  • Volunteer for the Peters-Boyd Academy: help train our medical students. Learn more by watching the video below.

    Help train our medical students

Evening and weekend opportunities

Volunteer opportunities after school and during the evening/weekend are available at St. John’s Rehab, Veterans Centre and the Main hospital.
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St. John’s Rehab

  • After School Program (Meal Tray Delivery and Collection): partner with a team of volunteers to serve meals to our 160 inpatients
  • Chapel Escort: transport patients in wheelchairs to faith-based services
  • Gift Shop: provide customer service and sales of assorted sundries and gifts, as well as patient aids and equipment
  • Meal Tray Assistance: provide one to one assistance for a patient to increase nutrition and socialization during mealtime

Veterans Centre

  • Artisan Market: help manage the day to day operations of our beautiful retail store situated in and run for the benefit of veteran residents- features craft wares made by residents
  • Chapel Escort: transport residents in wheelchairs to faith-based services
  • L-Wing Reception: provide directions and information to visitors of the Veterans Centre and assist resident using the computer lab
  • Recreation Therapy: assist staff and veterans with recreational activities i.e. discussion groups, special meal preparations, events and outings

Main Hospital

  • Courtesy Services (Greeters, HOST's, Wheelchairs): provide information, directions and way-finding from key locations or walk people to their destination throughout high traffic areas of hospital; transport patients in wheelchairs to appointments
  • Critical Care Unit Family Waiting Room: provide information and general support to family members of patients receiving care or in surgery
  • Emergency Department: help with assorted duties, and also help to ease the anxiety of an emergency visit for patients and their companions
  • Gift Shop: offer retail assistance in our beautiful shop which staff, patients and visitors rely on for their shopping needs


Volunteer stories

For more, visit www.youtube.com/sunnybrookmedia

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