Volunteer

Volunteering in a hospital setting is an exciting opportunity to join an exceptional group of individuals with a shared desire to contribute to health care of our community. Volunteers are an essential part of the Lakeridge Health team, helping to create a caring, collaborative, and compassionate environment across our hospitals, community sites, and long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens.

In order for us to get to know you and for you to truly make an impact in your role, we ask for a minimum commitment of six months of volunteer involvement.

Please email us at volunteer@lh.ca with any questions or call 905-576-8711 extension 33310 to leave a message and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Late Fall 2022 Update

This fall, we’ve been proud to share volunteer testimonials on Lakeridge Health’s social media channels. We hope you have been able to read about the impact volunteers are making within a number of important hospital roles and what a rewarding experience volunteering can be!

Volunteer Resources continues to work closely with our health care teams to ensure expectations and boundaries are clear for our volunteers. As volunteers interact with patients, visitors, and staff in many ways, our goal is to find a match between what interests a potential volunteer and the activities they assume. Wayfinding, customer service, friendly chats, and comfort measures provided by a motivated and engaged volunteer can make all the difference to patients in our hospitals.

While our current online application period has closed, paper applications are now available in the gift shops and stores run by our Auxiliaries. The next online application recruitment period will begin in mid-January 2023. We also hope to reactivate the high school student program in the new year. We are so grateful to our community for their ongoing support to our hospitals.

For more information regarding hospital volunteer opportunities at our Ajax Pickering, Bowmanville, Oshawa, Port Perry, or Whitby Hospitals, please call 905-576-8711, extension 33310.

For opportunities at Lakeridge Gardens long-term care home in Ajax, please call 905-576-8711 extension 21387.

Please note that, as a safety measure, we continue to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from all active volunteers.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer at Lakeridge Health

Submit only ONE (1) Volunteer Application Form to to be considered for any Lakeridge Health site. Visit this site again in January 2023 for the online application link.

You will receive confirmation that your application has been submitted.

Selected individuals will be invited to attend a virtual interview. In-person interviews are not available at this time due to COVID-19 precautions. If you are unable to attend a virtual interview, a phone interview may be provided.

After a successful interview, you will be invited to attend a virtual welcome session. In-person dates and times will also be shared.

Following the virtual welcome session, volunteers will complete a online general volunteer orientation. Orientation documents and training module links will be emailed to you.

Volunteers must complete and submit ALL required documentation. The following forms will be discussed and provided to you:

  • Volunteer acknowledgement (general orientation information).
  • Proof of vaccination with at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and an immunization record signed by your health-care provider. The annual flu shot is encouraged, but not mandatory.
  • Two-step TB test results (available through the Lakeridge Health Occupational Health team).
  • Sign our statement of privacy and confidentiality.
  • Volunteer declaration, plus proof of police check for all volunteers over the age of 18. The level required will be determined by the role you accept. Please do not apply for a police check until you have completed the interview process.
  • Volunteers that are under the age of 18 must provide signed consent by a parent/guardian. Note: the high school student program is currently on hold.
  • Assignment of volunteer role with final details, including sign off on the role description, confirmation of shift day and time, training plan, photo ID badge, volunteer sign-in, parking, and uniform information.