Clinical Volunteers


Volunteers are important resources within our health care community. The donation of time to those in need can go a long way in helping to provide safe quality care to patients and families within our community. Adults and students from all walks of life find personal fulfillment in helping others. Volunteers provide service in both patient care and non-patient care areas. Clinical volunteers play a huge role in ensuring positive patient and family satisfaction.



Clinical Volunteer Opportunities

Information Desk/Greeter/Pathfinder: Greet and escort patients, families and visitors to various departments and clinics within the hospital.  A resource center that provides information about parking, hand hygiene, printed material, internet access etc.


Emergency Department: Volunteers are the first point of contact for patients and visitors coming to the emergency room and offer general information, directions.  Volunteers assist staff by providing support, reassurance and compassion to patients and their families. 


Meal Assistant: The volunteer will be asked to help with the activities that support a minimum level of nutrition care – focusing on promoting food intake and minimizing barriers to food intake.  Offering patients encouragement during mealtimes and social interaction.  


Gardener: The volunteer will be asked to help keep our gardens and outdoor areas colourful and bright.  Volunteers would help with weeding, planting flowers, watering and other basic gardening tasks.


Surgical Services: Volunteers assist staff in a variety of ways to ensure quality of care. Duties include greeting patients, supplying snacks and refreshments after surgery, assisting patients when discharged.


Ambulatory Care Clinics (Specialists/Obstetrics): Help with patient flow through the clinic area to help ease the anxiety of a hospital visit and provide a warm caring atmosphere.


Patient Services - Acute Care: The volunteers will be asked to provide information and directions to patients and families.  Visiting with patients, providing nourishment as directed and escorting them as required.  


How to Apply? 

 Before you apply to become a clinical volunteer, please review the following list of requirements;

  • Volunteering entails making a regular commitment with a minimum commitment of one 2-3 hour shift monthly;
  • Minimum age requirement: 16 years or older;
  • Volunteers are selected and placed according to the needs of the hospital, interests and skills, availability and suitability. Evening and weekend opportunities are limited.

If you are interested in becoming a Clinical Volunteer please download and complete the following application package.  If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process please call 519-364-2340 ext. 233.

The application package can be submitted to;

Email: – subject line “Clinical Volunteer Application”



Attention: Human Resources

Hanover & District Hospital

90-7th Avenue, Hanover, ON N4N 1N1

Due to the number of applications and limited positions, unfortunately not everyone will be contacted for an interview.

Successful applicants will be required to complete the following;

  • Volunteers must successfully complete a Health Assessment before commencing their placements. This includes proof of immunizations including Covid-19, TB testing and Flu Shot (in flu season);
  • Attend a scheduled orientation; and
  • Provide a current Criminal Reference check with vulnerable sector (valid within 1 year).