Do you have as little as two hours or more per week to share your talents and meet new people? We have the spot for you! Your skills, interests and talents will be put to good use. If you are a people person, an opportunity to work with patients or the public may interest you. If you prefer the quiet of a clerical role, we have those opportunities too. For those between the ages of 15 to 18 years of age wondering about a career in healthcare, you will find the junior volunteer program very rewarding.
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At AVH, our volunteers tell us that they "feel part of the team of volunteers rather than simply an individual" and that they "get more out of the volunteer experience than they put into it". With over 1,000 volunteers throughout the district you are sure to meet others with similar interests and form lasting friendships, all while helping others.
Our volunteers are an important part of the Annapolis Valley Health team. They represent a significant contribution to health centres, hospitals, patients/clients and families and the community. We depend upon our volunteers for their many and varied talents; and everyone has talents that they can contribute.
In return, our volunteers:
- meet new people
- explore various career paths
- develop new skills
- experience personal growth & development
Come join the approximately 1,000 volunteers who currently help patients, staff, visitors and - through their experience - themselves.
We strive to ensure that your volunteer experience will be rewarding and can offer you:
- flexibility for vacations and personal commitments
- orientation and training
- supportive staff
- free parking
- smoke free and scent free environment
- opportunities for feedback
Who becomes a volunteer?
Volunteers bring certain qualities with them to their roles:
- dependability, a sincere interest in helping others and a positive attitude
- a willingness to provide a minimum time commitment (usually two hours per week)
Volunteers are asked to:
- agree to a Criminal Records Check
- provide references (excluding family members)
- sign a confidentiality form to protect privacy
- attend an orientation session to become acquainted with basic rules and procedures
- agree to a minimum commitment of one shift a week (2-4 hours) for at least six months
What would my role be as a volunteer?
Our volunteers assist in a variety of ways. Volunteer Resources will work with you to determine where your skills and interests can best be used. Any assignments will depend upon current openings and the needs of the hospitals/health centre/community. Some opportunities for you to consider include:
- Gift Shop
- Reception areas (information desk, emergency waiting rooms)
- Office work
- Inpatient/outpatient community
- Community education
- Junior Volunteers (ages 15-18)
- Various committees/boards, i.e.. Auxiliaries, Foundations, Community Health Boards
There are many locations where you can volunteer:
- Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal
- Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton
- Western Kings Memorial Community Health Center, Berwick
- AVH Chipman, Kentville
- Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville
- Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre, Wolfville
- Community Based Programs
How do I volunteer?
For information about volunteering at any of our sites, please contact:
Sara Kilby -Volunteer Resources Consultant
(902) 679-2657 Ext.#2500