Become a Volunteer

The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley depends 100% on dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Our volunteers are an active a group of compassionate, caring and dedicated people.

Our volunteers come to us with a multitude of talents, life experience and a strong desire to support individuals that are at the end of life and those that are left behind. Whether volunteers give a few hours or are life-long committed, the experience the Hospice offers them is like no other.

If you would like to learn more about the different opportunities and how to become a member of this dynamic team, please click below.

Application

Opportunities

End of Life and Bereavement Visitors
  • End of Life Visitors provide companionship, support, understanding and compassion to those diagnosed with a terminal illness diagnosis and their caregivers.
  • Bereavement Visitors provide support to those who have lost loved ones and are struggling with the intense emotions associated with grief, loss and bereavement.

NOTE: End of Life and Bereavement Visitors must successfully complete an extensive screening and training process. An RCMP Vulnerable Persons Check is required.

Events
  • Event Coordinator: coordinates all aspects of one of four events held annually –Butterfly Gala, Hike, Butterfly Barn Dance, Tree of Lights
  • Event Committee Member: helps plan the event; may head up a specific area (eg food, beverage, entertainment, silent auction, decoration); assists on the day of the event
  • Event Volunteer: assists on event day (eg set-up, registration, ticket taking, clean up…)
Member of the Board of Directors The Board of Directors is a governance and working board that meets every month except August. The directors are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission. Board Committees (see below) are established to support the work of the board. Each committee is chaired by a board member. For more information please click here.
Member of a Board Committee You do not have to be a member of the board of directors to serve on a board committee. A board member acts as chair of each of the following committees:

  • Strategic Planning Committee: responsible for developing the Business Plan and the Business Case for the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley.
  • Events Committee: responsible for planning and executing four events annually held by the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley (Butterfly Gala, Hike, Butterfly Barn Dance, Tree of Lights). There is a planning committee for each of these events.
  • Finance Committee: responsible for the budget and all budget recommendations to the Board.
  • Fundraising Committee: responsible for the annual silent and live auctions for the Barn Dance and the Gala.
  • Liaison Committee: facilitates communication between the board of directors and the education, medical and volunteer communities.
  • Sponsorship Committee: Responsible for creating and maintaining key partnerships.
Occasional Opportunities Throughout the year opportunities exist to assist at events such as annual flu clinics, Valley Appreciation Day and public awareness events hosted by the Hospice Society. Depending on the event, volunteers may help with setting up, welcoming participants, taking registration, selling memberships. Volunteers also distribute event posters throughout the Valley, assemble binders used for training, and are contacted to assist in other ways as needs arise.

You can make a difference

There are many ways you can help