Becoming a volunteer with the Vancouver Island Health Authority means both giving of yourself and learning from others. It is a valued gift and privilege.
- Your time
- Your talents
Approximately 6,000 volunteers help the Vancouver Island Health Authority achieve its vision of "excellent care — for everyone, everywhere,every time." They play an important role as part of the health care team.
- Julian – "Volunteering has helped me to be more self-confident."
- Dick – "By volunteering I have become more knowledgeable and aware of the people and community in which I live."
- Anne - "Being a volunteer has helped me to decide that health care is a good career choice."
- Tim – "Volunteering lets me show that I care for people."
- Georgina – "Volunteering has given me the tools to find suitable employment."
How to Become a Volunteer
Visit the Contact Us page to find the Manager or Coordinator at a site nearest you, then contact them to start the application process.
Depending on which site you apply to volunteer for, you may be invited to attend an information session about volunteer opportunities. You will then need to complete an application form, which asks for information about your education, background, volunteer and/or work experience, personal skills, hobbies, availability and any medical conditions that might be pertinent.
You can expect to be:
- Asked for two reference checks
- Requested to have a TB test
- Required to have a Police Record Check, depending on the site and your assignment.
Once this process is completed, and if you have been accepted as a volunteer, you will be:
- Registered with the department of Volunteer Resources for the site where you have been approved for placement.
- Asked to sign a 'confidentiality acknowledgment form' and 'statement of understanding.'
- Given a written Volunteer Assignment Guide or Role Description.
- Receiving a level of training, guidance, and supervision that will help you perform your volunteer duties.
- Issued a VIHA identification badge.
- Offered appropriate continuing education and training related to your volunteer duties.
- Given the opportunity to take on more responsibility and/or change volunteer placements where appropriate.
- Informed of any changes in conditions surrounding your placement.
- Asked for and given feedback on your assignment.
- Heard and recognized as part of the team.
- Treated with respect.
- Placed in a safe environment.
- Recognized for your contribution.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.