Volunteer Positions at Philip Aziz Centre
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at PAC. You can join our volunteer team in the following capacities.
Community Support Volunteer/Visiting Program:
All volunteers are carefully screened, monitored and trained in the provision of in home hospice care. Volunteers provide non-medical care, which is integrated into the professional health and hospice care team, in the client's home or hospital setting. Volunteer Support includes: emotional and social support, assistance with mobility, personal care, respite care for primary caregivers (allows a break from caregiving), practical care; including assistance with meals, daily activities, grocery shopping, accompaniment to medical appointments and other errands.
Children's Hospice Care Volunteer:
The Philip Aziz Centre provides training for volunteers to work with children in their homes and relieve some of the physical and emotional stress of care giving for both parent and child, thereby improving their quality of life together. The Children's Home (Emily's House) will be an extension of our current services offered. Interested volunteers must have take the Core Training to qualify for this additional Children's training.
Spiritual Care Volunteer:
Spiritual Care is an integral part of the Philip Aziz Centre and we currently offer additional training for long standing volunteers who are interested in this type of support. Volunteers are required to be unconditionally spiritually supportive and will encourage a sense of spiritual wellbeing with our clients who request this type of support. Volunteers must have taken the Core Training, and have served an adult client for at least 1 year, to qualify for this additional Spiritual Care Training. Volunteers will report directly to our Spiritual Care Chaplain(s) for accountability and guidance.
Special Events Volunteer:
To participate and assist in special events held by PAC. PAC holds at least 3 Special Events a year to fundraise for our various programs. We invite you to participate or volunteer with our events.
*Do you have an idea and would like to host a third party fundraiser for PAC? If you do, please contact Judy Tripp at 416-363-9196, x. 212.
Office Help Volunteer:
To help with various office duties and admin work during regular work hours. Computer skills and office experience are an asset.
Training and Workshop Assistant:
To assist staff with duties related to the preparation and delivery of training. Training and workshops are offered during the day and evenings.
Future Opportunities When Emily's House Opens
Work in the gardens during the Spring/Summer/Fall months to maintain the beauty of our outdoor landscaping. All year long, to add warmth to our surroundings by making floral arrangements and decorating Emily's House. Orientation provided. Pre-requisite: attend a Volunteer Orientation session.
Plays an important rold in maintaining the feeling of home for families. Responsibilities include providing assistance to staff and families in the kitchen, helping with light to housekeeping duties as required. Kitchen/Household Volunteers must be at least 18 years. Pre-requisite: attend a Volunteer Orientation session and Safety/Food Handling Course (provided by PAC).
Making/creating blankets, legacy quilts and other supplies required by guests and their families, to enhance their level of comfort during their stay. Volunteers may work from home or off-site; projects will be assigned as needed. Pre-requisite: attend a Volunteer Orientation session.
The main responsibilities consist in repairing toys, equipment and general upkeep of household requirements. Pre-requisite: attend a Volunteer Orientation session.
Memory Box Artists:
An important role in assisting with memory building. The volunteer memory box artist creates painted memory boxes for the bereavement program. Pre-requisite: attend a Volunteer Orientation session.
Important role in assisting with memory building. The volunteer photographer takes photos, as requested by families. Pre-requiste: attend a Volunteer Orientation session and a couple key modules of Core Training.
This position will involved meeting, greeting and screening visitors to the home. The reception volunteer must be at least 18 yrs. Training provided. Pre-requisite: attend a Volunteer Orientation session.
Speaker's Bureau Volunteer:
To speak on behalf of PAC at various community events and organization meetings to increase awareness of pediatric hospice palliative care services. To provide tours of Emily's House to visitors who have booked and appointment to visit the house. Speaker's Bureau volunteers have prior knowledge and volunteer experience at PAC. Training will be provided.
Please contact Amanda Maragos, Coordinator of Volunteer Services