I will turn 15 during the school year; can I still apply to be a volunteer?
You must be the minimum age of 15 when you complete and hand in your application forms.
I am only interested in volunteering during the summer; can I still apply even though I will not be able to commit 50 hours / 6 months?
Yes. We have a special Summer Program for volunteers, in which they participate from May (if they are University/College students) or July (if they are High School students) to August. However, a Reference Letter is still only provided after a minimum of 50 hours of volunteering has been completed.
I only need 40 hours for my required High School Community Service hours. Can I still apply?
You may still apply, but a Reference Letter may only be provided after a minimum of 50 hours of volunteering has been completed.
How soon after becoming a volunteer can I receive a Letter of Reference?
Upon request, letters of Reference will be provided after successfully completing 50 hours of volunteer service.
My friend and I would like to volunteer together. Is this possible?
We appreciate that volunteering with a friend is a fun thing to do. If you are both selected, we cannot promise that you will be placed in the same position or shift. We will try to accommodate, if appropriate.
I am professionally trained. May I practice my profession as a volunteer?
Unfortunately, no. Volunteers with health care experience are welcome; however they must work within the boundaries of the volunteer role. Volunteering will not provide you with an opportunity to practice or develop clinical or technical skills or provide an outlet for employment.
May I shadow a doctor during the course of my placement?
Shadowing opportunities are not provided for volunteers.
Do I need a police check to volunteer?
Police checks are only required for certain volunteer placements. Please wait until the interview, when the Advisor will provide you with additional instructions.
Once I hand in my application, how long do I have to wait to hear if I’m accepted?
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Wait times depend on the availability of positions and could range from a few weeks to a few months. Only selected applicants will be contacted by telephone or email to book a personal interview.
How long does it take before I can start volunteering?
If you are accepted to volunteer with us, the length of time between completing the interview and beginning your placement varies with each position. A police check and two-step Tuberculosis test each take approximately two weeks to complete. The length of time depends on how quickly these steps are initiated by the applicant.
Can I volunteer wherever I want?
Volunteers are assigned specific postings based on the hospital’s needs, as well as their suitability for the position. Your preferences and availability will be discussed at the interview to ensure an appropriate placement.
What is the Health Surveillance form?
This is a medical form that must be completed before a volunteer can begin their placement at the hospital. It provides information that ensures all immunizations (including Chickenpox or Shingles, Rubella, Red Measles and Tetanus-Diphtheria) and Tuberculosis tests are up-to-date.
Does my Health Surveillance form need to be completed before I hand in my application?
No. Volunteers can hand in their application before completing their Health Surveillance form. However, volunteers cannot begin their placement until this form and their Tuberculosis tests are complete. The Health Surveillance form is provided with the application to help speed up the process of volunteer placement.
Is the Tuberculosis (TB) test mandatory?
Yes. The Health Sciences North policy requires you to have a two-step TB test. If you have had one in the past year, it is not necessary but documented proof of the test is required.
Where can I get a Tuberculosis (TB) test done?
The two-step TB test can be done at your doctor’s office, a walk-in clinic, as well as the Sudbury and District Health Unit by calling (705) 522-9200. Charges may apply and volunteers must pay for their own tests.