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Volunteer with Us

Our dedicated and vibrant volunteers are highly motivated and appreciated, and they are our most valuable resource.

Volunteer opportunities

  • Fundraising & Special Events
    • Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital
    • Auxiliary to BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre
    • Auxiliary to Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Family Support and Resource Centre
  • Pet Visitations - Once certified by St. John's Ambulance
  • Volunteer Office Support

BC Children's Hospital

  • Anesthetic  Care Unit (ACU)
  • Child Life Programs
  • Emergency Department  Patient & Family Ambassador Liaison (PAL)
  • Family Support Program
  • Fun Cart in Outpatient Clinics
  • Sibling Support
  • Medical imaging  Patient & Family Ambassador Liaison (PAL)
  • Mental Wellness Programs
    • Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Eating Disorders Education Support & Looking Glass Residence
  • Out-patient Clinic Support
  • RICHER Community Outreach Clinic

BC Women's Hospital

  • Heartwood Program
  • Fir Square Addictions program
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Baby Comfort Program
  • Oak Tree Clinic
  • Recreation Therapy (in patient & outpatient programs)

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Patient and Family Ambassador Liaison (PAL)
  • Recreation Therapy

  • Navigation Stations –  Providing campus wide directions and service to patients, families and visitors

  • Auxiliary to BC Women's Gift Shop and Shopping Cart 
  • Auxiliary to BCCH  Gift Shop
  • CW Auxiliary Thrift Shop, "Still Fabulous"
    • 4355 Main Street, Vancouver
    • 1124 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


Our application process

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us.

The intake process can take several months. Please be thorough in completing the application. This information is used to select potential volunteers for an interview. 

Volunteers need to:

  • be 16+ years of age (retail opportunities)
  • be 18+ years of age (direct patient support)
  • be able to attend an orientation training session
  • be in good physical and mental health
  • have up-to-date immunizations
  • be able to make a 12-month commitment
  • provide two character references
  • complete the PHSA online Privacy & Confidentiality course
  • submit a Criminal Record Check
  • have paid or volunteer experience with children (required for some positions)
The majority of our volunteer opportunities are during weekdays. 

1Complete online application



Participate in an interview

You will be interviewed individually by a coordinator of volunteers. We will discuss with you possible areas of placement and an outline of services requirements at this time. If accepted to the program you must attend an orientation/ training session.

3Follow up

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, BC Children's Hospital and the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children are fortunate to have many individuals who are interested in volunteering. If we have not been in touch with you within six months, please contact to update your application.


How we help

We provide volunteer support for BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Our department  is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and assignment of volunteers for a variety of patient and service-based areas within these facilities.

Our vision is to improve the health of children, youth and women by working with partners, including community partners like volunteers, to ensure access to the best health care in the best setting. At each of the facilities, volunteers contribute greatly to the hospital experience of families.

Our mission

The role of Volunteer Resources is to provide volunteer support to the programs and services offered by the hospital and health centre. This support is intended to augment and supplement existing services providing for the psycho-social, emotional, and developmental needs of patients and their families. 

Volunteers do not perform the functions of paid professional staff.


The Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital is a separately incorporated provincial society and federally registered charity which supports patients and their families at BC Children's Hospital & Health Centre.

Purpose of the Auxiliary as a society

As an auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital:

  • Providing for the comfort, ease and welfare of children and youth and their families at BC Children's Hospital;
  • Raising money for such purposes;
  • Carrying out such purposes in accordance with policies of BC Children's Hospital;
  • Carrying out such activities as may be requested.  

What is the Auxiliary?

The Auxiliary is a self-governing, non-profit society, membership organization that is accountable directly to the hospital. The Auxiliary was founded by persons from the community who agreed to work together to assist our health care institution in promoting the health and welfare of the community.

Volunteer Resources and the Auxiliary

The department of Volunteer Resources and the Auxiliary have specific and separate roles and responsibilities based on mutual support. The Auxiliary Board of Directors liaises with the department of Volunteer Resources.

Auxiliaries and volunteers represent a unique and valuable human resource to health care institutions. It is important that these relationships, responsibilities and accountabilities be clearly defined and understood by all parties involved. Clarification of functions and relationships is necessary to maximize the contributions of auxiliaries and in-service volunteers for the benefit to both the institution and the community.

If you would like more information on volunteering, please view our Online Application.

Auxiliary initiatives

Gift shop

The Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital operates an on-site gift shop in the lobby of BC Children's Hospital. All proceeds are directed toward enhancing patient care.

The gift shop is open seven days a week and carries a wide variety of items including snacks, plush toys, games, reading materials and a wide variety of logo wear.

Phone orders and in-hospital delivery are available, please call the gift shop for further information: 604-875-2000 local 7219.


  • 9 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday
  • 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
  • 11 am to 2 pm Holidays 


In the main lobby of BC Children's Hospital.

Still Fabulous Thrift Shop

The volunteers of the Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital and the Auxiliary to BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre have two locations for their popular Still Fabulous Thrift Shop. 

The purpose of Still Fabulous is to raise funds for services, programs, and equipment for both hospitals. Still Fabulous specializes in high-quality clothing (women, men, and children), accessories, toys and jewellery. 

  • 4355 Main Street, Vancouver
  • 1124 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Visit the Still Fabulous website to learn more.

Holiday Card Program

Please visit the Holiday Card Program website for more details.

Clothing Bin Program

Please visit the Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital website for clothing bin information

In 2006 the Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital and Salvation Army National Recycling Organization formed a unique social enterprise partnership with the purpose of raising funds for both organizations. Proceeds are shared between the non-profit organizations to benefit those in need. Today the Auxiliary and Salvation Army enjoy a collaborative relationship; working together to support their common goals.

For more information, please visit the Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital website.

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