Effective April 23, 2024
Masks are optional at RVH. When masks are required, signage will indicate and / or your care team will advise.

Why Volunteer at RVH?

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and develop new skills, meet new people, and establish connections and references. Many post secondary programs are looking for applicants who are well-rounded individuals who have volunteered to make a difference in their communities. As a student volunteer you can also apply for an RVH Auxiliary Student Scholarship, awarded annually to up to two volunteers entering their first year of college or university.

What is the Time Commitment Required?

Students can apply to either our Year-Round or Summer program. For students applying to our Year-Round program, the program is very competitive as we have a limited number of after school and weekend positions. We look for students who can maintain high attendance even during exams and school holidays. Students must commit to one weekly 3 to 4 hour shift on the same day and time every week. Applicants will be expected to commit to the program for a minimum of six months of service.
No forms or references will be completed prior to the completion of 75 hours. 

Is There a Minimum Age or Grade to Volunteer?

Change in age requirement: Applicants must be entering grade 9 or older when starting their volunteer service at RVH.

High School Co-op Program

High School Co-Operative education is a unique program that integrates academic study with practical workplace experience which helps students make more informed career choices. We work in partnership with local school boards to provide fulfilling educational placements, recruit applications, screen, interview, and place students. We also provide an orientation and ongoing support throughout the semester.

Students interested in learning about co-op opportunities at RVH should contact their co-operative education department at their high school.

Summer Student Volunteers

limited number of volunteer positions are available over the summer months for students enrolled in post secondary and high school education. Students must commit to a minimum of one 3 to 4 hour shift per week, on the same day and at the same time every week for the summer months. Applications are reviewed and students selected for an interview will be contacted.

Post Secondary students must commit to a placement from June 1 – August 31.
High School students must commit to a placement from July 1 – August 31.

The summer student application form will be posted in January.
Deadlines will be listed on the application form and will vary.

Post-secondary student applications will be accepted until March 18, 2024.
High school student application will be accepted until April 8, 2024.

Volunteer Opportunities 

The Café Royale serves a varied menu including gourmet coffee, and chai teas as well as fresh baked desserts. There is also a breakfast and lunch menu that includes daily specials. Volunteers assist staff with preparing coffee, stocking supplies, sales and customer service.

The Emergency Department consists of various areas such as triage area, trauma, acute and minor exam. Volunteers enhance the patient experience and assist with patient flow through their interaction with patients, assisting with patient transportation and various other duties.

The Hospital Elder Life Program is a program of care designed to prevent delirium and functional decline in hospitalized elderly patients. Volunteers provide bedside visits with friendly conversation, assistance with meal set up, range of motion exercises and walking short distances.

There are three Information Desks that are the first point of contact for patients, visitors and the general public. Volunteers greet and provide directions throughout the health centre, provide wheelchair assistance and delivery of items as needed.

Victoria’s Gift Shop products include clothing, home décor, custom chocolates, baby items, flowers and more. Volunteers assist in the day-to-day operation in a professional manner utilizing customer service skills when dealing with the public in a retail setting.