Volunteers are the backbone of Hospice Orillia. Our work in the community is driven by and supported by people willing to give their time to help support our programs and services. We welcome your interest in becoming a volunteer because it is the volunteer who helps ensure that no family or person in our community bears the burden of illness, loss or grief alone.

Our Client Care Volunteers (Visiting Volunteers, ‘Keep Me Home’ volunteers and Bereavement Support Volunteers) are required to complete the “Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care” training offered through the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network. This comprehensive training gives the volunteer a chance to examine their life values, teaches active listening techniques; explains the philosophy of Hospice: its services, privacy, and confidentiality; pain & symptom management, ethics, care for the caregivers in our community and other issues in the palliative community.

If you have an hour or two a week to spare (or to commit to Hospice Orillia), there is something for you to do!

Once a season, we hold a “Hospice Orillia Orientation Session” for new volunteers. This session is required for everyone wishing to volunteer with us, as it is a chance to meet the Hospice Orillia staff, to learn about the organization, the role of our volunteers, and our place in the community.

To find out when the next session will be, please contact Amy Pritzker, Community Engagement Lead, at amy@hospiceorillia.ca or call 705-325-0505 Ext 109.



Volunteer Opportunities

Visiting Volunteers: In this position, you will be visiting people in our community dealing with a life-limiting illness. Visits may be in a client’s home, a hospital or a long-term care facility or retirement facility.

Keep Me Home Volunteers: Our KMH volunteers meet with friends and family members to help create a ‘care team’ for a person who requires ongoing support.


Bereavement Support: Anyone who is experiencing grief due to loss of life will benefit from the support of this team. You will work together to help them understand their emotions and circumstances through the grieving process.

Community Programs: If you are outgoing and love to share information this may be the position for you. It may involve setting up displays at health fairs or presenting information to local community groups.

Fundraising: this could involve helping with the monthly Charity Bingo sessions at the Orillia Royal Canadian Legion Hall, helping at the Annual Hike for Hospice at Couchiching Park, or a special event.

Administrative Support: Working with our administrative team can include time spent filing, computer work, making telephone calls as well as working on projects.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Orillia volunteer, please click here for an application form. For more information, please contact Amy Pritzker, Community Engagement Lead, at amy@hospiceorillia.ca or call 705-325-0505 Ext. 109.

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