Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
CancerCare Manitoba is proud of its volunteers, who contribute more than 25,000 hours each year to help provide excellent patient care through a variety of roles.
Volunteers come from different backgrounds, with many of them giving back because they or a loved one have been touched by cancer.
Volunteer opportunities are available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at two sites: McDermot Avenue, St. Boniface, the Breast and Gyne Centre of Hope, and Prevention and Screening Programs. Different volunteer positions are available at each site.
The time commitment for volunteering is one morning or one afternoon per week. There is a minimum three-month commitment. You can also volunteer on an occasional basis at special events through the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
Volunteer Services at CancerCare Manitoba is still accepting applications for volunteers over the age of 18 during this time. However, volunteer opportunities are limited. Active volunteer opportunities include Runners/Couriers, Patient Guides and Public Advisors. See below for a description and details.
Volunteers must follow the COVID-19 precautions, which includes training on and wearing of Personal Protective Equipment such as masks. Please contact 204-787-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Whether you want to interact with patients, assist health care professionals or use your hobby or work experience to enhance patient care, there is a spot for you to volunteer at CancerCare Manitoba.
Here are some of the areas where volunteers make a difference. Please note, not all opportunities are available at every site.
Patients and visitors spend long hours in the Chemotherapy Clinic. Volunteers who are previous patients or caregivers provide support by:
Are individuals living in communities outside of Winnipeg who:
The Guardian Angel Caring Room provides wigs, headwear, and laryngectomy stoma covers to CancerCare patients who may be experiencing the side effects of cancer treatment. These items are provided at no cost to the patient. Volunteers in the Caring Room help out by:
People who have a cancer experience as either a patient or a family member may choose to become involved as an advisor to the CCMB team in the following ways:
Located at CCMB's McDermot Avenue, the Patient and Family Resource Centre provides information to assist patients in understanding their cancer diagnosis. Volunteers in this area provide support in:
Volunteers assist in an activity program for children during their cancer treatments. These volunteers must have previous child-care experience and be at least 16 years of age. Volunteer activities may include:
The Breast and Gyne Cancer Centre of Hope provide one-on-one support to patients through a Peer Support Program. Volunteers providing support are:
A Public Advisor Volunteer will offer their feedback as a member of the community and general public to support the Prevention and Screening Programs delivered by CancerCare Manitoba. A Public Advisor Volunteer will ensure that the public perspective is a part of decision making for the Prevention and Screening Programs.
In this role, the volunteer will assist by sharing their knowledge and experience to:
Public Advisor Volunteers will participate in small group discussions and respond to surveys aimed at understanding public perspectives. Feedback can be provided in person, or via email, telephone or online.
Due to the COVID-19, no feedback will be provided in person at this time.
Volunteers assist staff in taking patients to appointments within CancerCare Manitoba and Health Sciences Centre. Their duties include:
Patients and their companions are offered nourishment while waiting for appointments or undergoing treatments. Volunteer responsibilities include:
Volunteer couriers assist with ensuring the timely delivery of charts and patient samples within CancerCare Manitoba and the Health Sciences Centre. Their duties include:
Volunteers raise awareness and/or funds for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. These are generally evening and weekend positions. Activities could include:
For more information, please contact the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation at 204-787-4143 or toll-free at 1-877-407-2223.
The CancerCare Clinic is located inside the St Boniface Hospital and provides clinic appointments and chemotherapy treatments. Volunteers at this location help by:
Volunteer Corner is a small gift shop where donated, hand-made and confectionary items are sold.
Volunteers provide friendly, welcoming assistance to patients and visitors by:
CancerCare Manitoba offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to work directly with patients or behind the scenes to help its health professionals provide expert, compassionate care. Volunteers must go through an application and screening process. While it is the goal to place every prospective volunteer, CCMB management reserves the right to reject applicants.
The screening procedure for volunteers includes the completion of an application form, an interview, reference checks and an orientation. Some positions require specialized training or experience and availability in some positions may be limited. If no positions are available when you call, your name will be added to a waiting list.
For more information on how to apply, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please call 204-787-2121. We hope to hear from you!