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Volunteering at Northern Health

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.

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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

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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

  1. Apply: Complete the volunteer application form
  2. Interview: Qualifying candidates will be invited to an in-person, phone or virtual interview
  3. Screening: We will coordinate the required screenings (criminal record check, reference checks, driver’s abstract etc.)
  4. Orientation: You will be provided with an online orientation, training and site orientation

Please contact Volunteer Resources at volunteers@northernhealth.ca or call 250-645- 8520 if you have any questions, or to learn what opportunities are available in your area.