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Types of volunteers


Adults (including recent graduates)

Adults are assigned to their placement (about 3 hours a week) for an initial commitment of 125 hours (typically about one year).

Recruitment is ongoing and there is no deadline to apply.

Volunteering is a great part of an active retirement and our Adult program is ideal for older adults and retirees. Research shows that volunteering in your retirement will keep you active, decrease your stress, expand your social network, help you learn new things and provide you with a sense of purpose. Our older adult volunteers greatly enjoy their volunteering and the hospital quickly becomes an important part of their active lifestyle.

Our adult program also includes many working professionals that love to give back to their community and students taking a year off from their studies to explore health care. All are welcome!


Post-secondary students (academic year and summer)

Post-secondary volunteers are students who are enrolled in college or university programs and are returning to school the following year. They are assigned to placements for a minimum of 70 hours (this equals once a week during the academic year or twice a week during the summer session).

Note: Recent graduates not returning to school are considered in the adult category.

Application deadlines:

  • Academic year (July 31)
  • Summer session (March 31)

Volunteering is a very positive experience for post-secondary students. In addition to the deep satisfaction you can get from helping others, our student volunteers tell us that it’s a great way to gain personal and workplace experience. You can learn about health care, work both independently and as part of a team, and boost your confidence.

Volunteering once a week while in school may seem like too much, but volunteering can be a great way to get away from your studies or your residence for a few hours and by keeping up your commitment to us, you are also showing future employers your reliability. We also have some evening and weekend placements that are great for students.

And you do not have to be in health sciences to volunteer. We have had great volunteers from many academic programs such as business, arts and engineering. All are welcome!


High school students (academic year and summer)

High school volunteers are students who are enrolled in secondary school and are returning to school or going on to post-secondary education the following year. They are assigned to placements for a minimum of 70 hours (once a week during the academic year or twice a week during the July-August summer session).

Application deadlines:

  • Academic year (July 31)
  • Summer session (March 31)

Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute to your community and to learn new skills. Please note that due to secondary school schedules, the academic year program for high school students has more limited opportunities and includes only evening and weekend opportunities (for example, Gift Shop or Patient Bookcart).

Special Note: High school students may not volunteer for just the 40 hours of mandatory community service. They must complete the full 70 hours of their commitment.


High school students (Co-op education option)

Co-op student volunteers are secondary school students that complete a co-op education term with St. Michael’s.

They need to apply through their co-op teachers. The co-op program is based on either half-day or full-day placements over a single academic term. There are no full-year co-op placements at St. Michael’s. Completed applications are reviewed on a continuous basis and in the order in which they are received from the co-op teachers.

The timeframe for selection (application review, interviews and placement offers) is:

  • 1st semester co-op placement: Applications are accepted from mid-June to mid-September (no applications will be accepted after the second Friday in September).

  • 2nd semester co-op placement: Applications are accepted from early December to mid-January (no applications will be accepted after the third Friday in January).

Placement offers will be made on an ongoing basis until all placements are full. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that students speak to their teachers early as our placements are limited and fill up quickly.

For more information, please see co-op in health care at St. Michael's.