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Volunteer Roles

We presently have volunteers assigned to these roles. Please refer to our current openings listed for our Core program (adults, and post-secondary students)

Activity Room Monitor

Lead patients in activities and projects, with your mature, creative and outgoing personality.

  • Opportunities during weekdays: three (3) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Opportunities during week nights: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Opportunities during the week-end: Saturday and Sunday, three (3) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    Day Surgery Monitor

    Guide and reassure parents during their child anesthesia procedure in the operating room, and lead patients in activities while they wait for their surgery.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, four (4) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    Emergency Attendant

    Guide and assure patients and families as they navigate through the Emergency Department.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, week-nights and weekends between 9:00 a.m. and 9 p.m.

    Main Lobby Ambassador

    With your winning smile and outgoing personality, greet patients and families by helping them find their way around CHEO. You enjoy interacting with people of diverse backgrounds. Join us by becoming a CHEO ambassador.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, four (4) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    My Chart Enrollment Ambassador

    Interact with patients and families to promote MyChart within specific waiting rooms of clinics, and support families with completing the enrollment process. My Chart is a secure, online patient portal that connects patients (and their parents/designated proxies) to portions of their CHEO medical record. Computer skills to support the activation of an account are required. 

    • Opportunities are weekdays, four (4) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    Intensive Care Support

    You have experience handling newborns in order to comfort, console, and hold stable infants in the Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care units.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, week-nights and week-ends, three (3) hours, between 9:00 a.m. and 9 p.m.

    Patient Safety Ambassador

    Are you passionate about promoting safety, and able to deliver information in a friendly, expressive and relaxed manner? Join us to inform our clients on how their role contributes in maintaining a safe environment during their hospital experience.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, four (4) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    In-Patient Greeter

    Visit admitted patients by offering handmade comfort items, and information on available hospital services.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


    Share your love of reading with children. Help reduce anxiety while promoting literacy as an important component of a child’s health.

    • Opportunities are weekdays, two (2) hours, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    Screener during Peak Season (December through to March)

    Ask screening questions to staff, parents and visitors if they have symptoms of cold and flu, and help communicate guidelines during their visit on the In-Patient Units throughout the peak season.

    • Opportunities between December and March
    • Weekdays, weeknights, and week-ends, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

    The Butterfly Garden

    The Butterfly Garden was created in memory of children of all ages who have passed away in the community and at CHEO. This special garden provides a quiet and peaceful area for families, patients and staff of CHEO to reflect and to remember loved ones. Do you have a “green thumb”? Volunteers are needed to help look after the garden on an occasional basis, from May into the fall. The initial work in the spring consists of cleaning up the garden, replacing perennials and planting annuals. During the summer, the work will be mostly watering, weeding, and tending the flowers. In the fall, volunteers prepare the the garden for the winter. 

    The Healing Garden for Patients

    The Healing Garden for Patients provides a space that facilitates a healing interaction between children and nature. Would you like to participate in maintaining an urban children’s garden, to provide a visually appealing and stimulating environment, a recreational space, and a ‘healing ground’ for current CHEO patients? Volunteers with gardening experience are needed to help with the on-going maintenance of the Healing Garden throughout the spring, summer and fall. Volunteers would perform general gardening tasks: weeding, pruning, deadheading, fertilizing/cultivating soil, ensure wheelchair accessible planting, maintain structures/raised beds/ planting tables, and collaborating with local organizations. If you have an enthusiasm for gardening and being outdoors, then you are just the person we need! 

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