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Volunteer with Us

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

Our application process

The intake process can take several months. Please be comprehensive in completing the application as we pre-screen and select individuals from the information provided


  • must be 16 years of age
  • able to attend an orientation training session
  • be in good physical and mental health
  • current immunizations up to date
  • able to make a 12 month commitment
  • submit an application to volunteer resources
  • provide two references
  • complete the PHSA online Privacy & Confidentiality course
  • submit a criminal record check
  • paid or volunteer experience with children is required
There are many more volunteer opportunities available during the weekdays. If your free time is primarily on weekends or evenings - please be patient.

1Complete application 

Please submit a Volunteer Application

2Participate in interview

You will be interviewed individually by the Coordinator of Volunteers. Possible areas of placement and an outline of service requirements will be discussed with the applicant at this time. If accepted to the program all volunteers must attend an orientation/training session.

3Follow up

BC Children's Hospital, and 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 us at 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.


The Purpose of the Auxiliary as a Society are:

As an Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital;

  • Providing for the comfort, ease & 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 Children's;
  • Carrying out such activities as may be requested or authorized from time to time by the Board of Directors of Children's Hospital Foundation.


What is the Auxiliary?

The Auxiliary is a self-governing, non-profit, membership organization that is accountable directly to the hospital's administration. The Auxiliary is founded by persons from the community who agree to work together to assist a 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. Clearly defined and understood roles and responsibilities form the basis for mutual support and understanding. The Auxiliary Board of Directors provides the link to 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 Application Online.


Auxiliary Initiatives

Gift & Thrift Shops

The Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital owns and operates an on-site gift shop. All proceeds enhance patient care.

The Gift Shop is open seven days a week and carries a wide variety of items including plush toys, games, and reading materials. 

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


9 a.m to 7 p.m Monday to Friday

10  a.m to 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday

11 a.m to 2 p.m Holidays 



Inside the main lobby of BC Children's Hospital.


Still Fabulous - the Children’s & Women’s Auxiliary Thrift Shop


The volunteers of the Auxiliary to BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre & the Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital have two locations for their popular Thrift Shop. Still Fabulous is located at 4355 Main Street, in Vancouver. Still Fab 2 is located inside the Ambulatory Care Building onsite. Visit the Still Fabulous website to learn more.

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.


Ambulatory Care Building Lobby

4355 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-566-9136

Holiday Card Program

Please visit Holiday Card Program website for more details.


Clothing Bin Program

For assistance please contact the clothing donation bin program coordinator at 604-566-9135.


The Clothing Donation Bin Program - A Truly Unique Social Enterprise Supporting Children Throughout BC!


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 BC Children's Auxiliary website.

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