Direct Service Volunteers


Our volunteers are sensitive to the special needs of dying clients and their families and have chosen to work to support them.

Our volunteers are aware of their personal and unique way of grieving. There is a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief.

Our volunteers are open to others who may have different values, beliefs, and ways of living.

Our volunteers are self-reliant, flexible, and adaptable and are true assets to not only Hospice Muskoka but the communities they live and serve in.

Our volunteers are aware of their own strengths, weaknesses, skills and abilities. They also appreciate the true gift of serving others, the privilege of sharing a life well lived, and the satisfaction of being highly respected for their roles as volunteers.

Our volunteers understand their limits and the boundaries of their responsibilities. They are ethical, compassionate, dedicated and willing to be present to the clients and families they serve.

Direct Service Volunteers who apply to Hospice Muskoka, undertake various screening protocols including a Criminal Reference Screening through the O.P.P. to enable them to work with vulnerable persons. All volunteers undertake a full orientation to the history, operating principles and values, policies and procedures of Hospice Muskoka.

Visiting volunteers agree to attend the “Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care” which includes a combination of virtual and on-site training. Additional components include practical care and simple comfort measures.

Grief and Bereavement Volunteers are subject to same screening and agree to attend “Orientation to Palliative Care” which is primarily conducted in person for approximately 24 hours.