The high standard of care we provide at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) is the result of a team effort. A crucial element of that care is the contribution made by our committed volunteers. At SJHCG, we have more than 300 volunteers who generously give their time to support our mission of delivering compassionate, person-centred care through discovery, innovation, and partnerships.

Our Volunteer Services Department is dedicated to encouraging volunteer participation.

View additional information about applying for a volunteer position at SJHCG.

Volunteer Services Goals

The Volunteer Department’s primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for our clients, their family members, staff, physicians, and the volunteers themselves by providing effective volunteer services to the various departments that make up SJHCG.

Achieving our goal means ensuring that our volunteers are able to promote independence in all aspects of client life (social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical) through purposeful activities.

To accomplish this, the Volunteer Services Department:

  • promotes quality volunteer programs that meet the needs of our clients
  • facilitates the involvement of volunteers throughout the Health Centre
  • ensures a meaningful and rewarding experience for every volunteer
  • promotes continuous development of the existing volunteer programs
  • increases staff awareness of volunteer participation, and of the humane, enriching services that volunteers contribute
  • promotes community awareness of the volunteer programs at SJHCG

About Our Volunteer Program

SJHCG offers both adult and teen volunteer programs. Each provide an opportunity to meet new people, develop new skills, explore different career options, and assist in our community.

The adult and teen programs include:

  • Retail volunteers who serve clients, visitors, and staff in our Silver Maple Coffee and Gift Shop and the Hair Care Place.
  • Activities volunteers who assist clients with the broad range of activities provided by our Recreation, Horticultural, Music, Speech/Language Pathology, Rehabilitation, and Community Support Services programs; early morning coffee hour; church services; sing-alongs and more.
  • Neighbourhood volunteers work on one of our neighbourhoods (hospital or long term care units), enhancing quality of life for clients by visiting them, walking with them, reading to them, playing a game with them, or assisting them at meal time.

We offer several opportunities for teen volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18.  A minimum 6-month commitment is required.

Volunteer Quote

I have always enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph’s. Since I have been here I have met some wonderful staff, residents, and other volunteers that have made my experience a very rewarding one.”