Volunteer Association

History

Volunteers have been playing a vital role at St. Joseph’s for more than 80 years, starting in 1936, when 53 women attended a meeting to organize the St. Joseph’s Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, known simply as the Auxiliary.

Another support organization of volunteers was formed in the spring of 1960 when an interfaith group became the nucleus of the St. Joseph’s Home Guild, known as the Guild.

In 1984, the Auxiliary and Guild were united under a new constitution and by-laws as the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Home Volunteer Association. And so it remained until 2002.

On Founders Day (November 22) in 2001, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Home changed its name to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph. In keeping with this change the Volunteer Association officially changed its name to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph Volunteer Association on May 28, 2002.

Under the leadership of the Volunteer Association Board, this group contributes to fundraising through the Silver Maple Coffee and Gift Shop and the Beauty Salon.

The Volunteer Association’s mandate is to provide assistance to the Health Centre, the residents/patients and staff through volunteer services, fundraising and community relations.

The Volunteer Association is very supportive of the Teen Volunteer Program, making a bursary available to an individual teen who is pursuing a career in a health-related field. The Association also presents awards to outstanding teen volunteers in the Summer Experience Program, and the Lucille Bassman Award is presented annually at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night to a teen currently working in the Winter Experience Program.

Our Vision

In cooperation with the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Board of Trustees, residents, family members and staff, the Volunteer Association, through fundraising efforts, is a leader in developing and providing opportunities to enhance the quality of life for residents at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph.

Our Mission

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph Volunteer Association is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph through fundraising efforts.