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.

Fall 2022 Update

Have you ever visited a healthcare setting that you weren’t familiar with? How did you feel? What would have made a difference in your experience?

We continue to hear from community members how the presence of a volunteer providing a greeting, directions, a comfort item, or distraction makes all the difference. We also hear that such tasks and interactions provide a meaningful experience for volunteers because they know they are helping another person and supporting the excellent care team.

When creating the volunteer roles, Volunteer Resources works with a department team to review the volunteer role description and tasks. From here, the information is shared with past volunteers from that role and site for review and then new volunteers are invited to consider joining to help make a difference in the lives of residents, patients, their loved ones, and team members.

Currently, there are several volunteer roles at Lakeridge Health. While our current priorities include Emergency departments, lobbies, and Auxiliary-run retail areas, there are also several other exciting opportunities available.

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

For opportunities at Lakeridge Gardens (Long Term Care facility in Ajax) please call 905-576-8711 extension 21387.

Please note that currently the high school student program remains on hold. Plus, as a safety measure, any active volunteer must provide proof they have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, plus one booster.

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer at Lakeridge Health

Submit only ONE (1) New Volunteer Application Form to be considered for any Lakeridge Health site.

You will receive confirmation that your application has been submitted. We will connect with you as soon as possible with updates.

Be invited to (and 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, attend a virtual welcome session. In-person dates and times will be emailed to you or an online version is also available.

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

Complete and submit ALL required documentation. The forms will be discussed and provided to you:

  • Volunteer acknowledgement.
  • Proof of immunization (two doses of COVID-19 vaccine plus booster), the annual flu shot and immunization record to be signed by your own health-care provider.
  • Two-step TB test results (available through the Lakeridge Health Occupational Health team).
  • 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.
  • Two personal references (excluding family members).
  • 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.