Our volunteers make a difference. They bring a variety of skills, experience, and backgrounds that support our patients, clients, and residents in communities all across Northern BC, complementing the care provided by our professional staff.
As a volunteer, you gain personal satisfaction from helping others, meet new people, learn more about our health care system, and get relevant experience for your future employment or education.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many volunteer opportunities were on hold as we operated in a limited capacity. We are now returning volunteers to some programs, and accepting applications for volunteers within a limited number of our facilities.
Qualities of a great Northern Health Volunteer
We’re looking for people who:
- Are able to work collaboratively with health care providers to improve care and experiences for patients and their families throughout Northern BC
- Have a strong desire to help others
- Are compassionate listeners and respectful of the perspectives of others
Important information about the application process
Please read the following information carefully before applying to volunteer with Northern Health:
- It may take approximately six weeks to complete the application and intake process
- Most positions require a minimum commitment of a two-hour shift per week for six months
- All volunteers will be required to complete a criminal record check
- All volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All volunteers must obtain an annual flu vaccine or wear a mask during flu season
- Volunteers age 14 to 17 must provide parental consent
Steps to becoming a volunteer
- Apply: Complete the volunteer application form
- Interview: Qualifying candidates will be invited to an in-person, phone or virtual interview
- Screening: We will coordinate the required screenings (criminal record check, reference checks, driver’s abstract etc.)
- Orientation: You will be provided with an online orientation, training and site orientation