Hospice Volunteers


HSCD Volunteers:
Excellence in Service

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Our exceptional volunteer training program has, first and foremost, the intention of preparing you for service as care-volunteers for palliative and grieving individuals and their families.  With Hospice You make a difference. We also welcome your gifts in many other areas of service...

Why Choose to be a Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer?

(From the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association)
  • "Because it's fun," says Mary Jane. Mary Jane comes from a family with a long history of volunteering and spent her working life in community agencies where she was inspired by the contribution of volunteers. "I may be retired from work now," she says, "but I'm not retired from life."

Mary Jane chairs the development committee, and is involved in many aspects of her provincial hospice palliative care association's fundraising activities. "When you volunteer, you choose a particular job because you like doing it, and it really is true that you get more out of it than you give."
  • "Because I know there's a real need for listening support for ill and grieving people and their families in the community," says Joan. Joan spends a morning each week in the office offering telephone bereavement support and helps to organize annual memorial services. Joan stresses that the continuing education she receives helps her to reach out to people, not just for her volunteer work but also in her daily life.

Whether you're a front-line volunteer caring for someone at the bedside, or involved behind the scenes with a local hospice palliative care organization there's something for everyone.

HSCD Volunteer Training

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Every year the Hospice Society of Camrose & District offers a training program that is open to the public.

All are welcome to participate, whether you choose to become a volunteer or not. However, first spots are reserved for those intending to complete volunteer registration.

Those choosing to become registered volunteers will be interviewed, asked to supply references, and undertake a criminal record check.

Training occurs on via online modules, several evening modules through the year, and one full weekend intensive.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday evenings are 6 – 9:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays are 8:30am – 4:00 pm

October 19-21, 2018

Training Program Outline:
  • History of Hospice and the Modern Hospice Movement
  • Introduction to Palliative/end-of-life Support, and the Value of Silence
  • Effective Communications
  • Family Dynamics
  • Emotional & Spiritual Support: A vision for holistic care 
  • Companioning the Bereaved
  • Physical Care of the Dying
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Self Care: Grace and compassion for self and others
  • Elder Abuse Awareness

Those who wish to become certified in  volunteer caregiver roles must complete all training sessions.

Cost is $35.
Weekend Intensive Offered at: Camrose Fire Hall Community Room
Fire Hall, 201 Mount Pleasant Drive

REGISTER For Oct  Weekend Training Event

For more information on volunteer training:
Phone: Joy LeBlanc, 587.322.9269

Applying to be a Volunteer

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Hospice Society of Camrose & District volunteers are known for their compassion, integrity, and skilled care. To maintain high quality in our volunteer program, attention to volunteer intake, training, and support are key.

Those interested in any of our volunteer opportunities are required to:
  • Contact our volunteer coordinator, Joy LeBlanc 
  • Complete volunteer training as outlined above
  • Submit a Volunteer Application (available after training is completed)
  • Meet with Hospice staff for a personal interview
  • Request and submit a completed police check (at no cost).
  • Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for an individual placement interview.
  • Attend ongoing opportunities for learning, enrichment, and support.

(*Please note there is a $35 training fee, which can be adjusted if this presents a hardship.)