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How to become a volunteer

To become a volunteer (adult and student) you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Submit an application form
  • Submit two references
  • Submit a health screening form/proof of immunization (mandatory): Two step Tuberculosis (TB) test and proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella; varicella (chicken pox); tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) and Hepatitis B (status only) – print attached PDF
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Submit a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) – volunteer’s cost is $30. A supporting letter from Community Resources department will be issued to you for inclusion with your PVSC application package.
  • Provide a copy of government issued identification
  • Attend a new volunteer orientation

We thank you for your interest. Note: that we receive applications in excess of the placements we have available and regrettably, we are not able to offer all candidates a placement.

Adult volunteer program

Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, recruitment of adult volunteers is reduced between April and August to allow student volunteers a placement in the hospital.

Adult volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of one shift per week (3-4 hours) for a minimum of eight months service. Select individuals will receive an email or phone call to come for an interview. Applications will be kept for one year.

Reference – adult volunteers seeking a reference must have a minimum of 75 hours before a reference will be issued. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required.

Student volunteer program

The student volunteer program includes:

  • Summer Program
    • Runs from May 1 to Labour Day.
    • Students must commit to two 3-4 hour shifts per week, on the same day and time each week, with a total of 60 hours (minimum) over the summer period.
    • Must be available for daytime positions- Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am-4:00pm. We have very limited evening and week-end opportunities.
    • If available, one placement will be clinical-related and the second placement will be non-clinical.
    • Vacation – no more than two weeks of vacation is preferred
  • School Year Program – not available for new applicants due to limited position availability.

Application Process:

Applications for both high school and postsecondary students will be accepted between December 1 and January 31, or a to maximum of 200 applications, whichever comes first Applications received outside of this period will not be accepted.

The application package must include:

  • Student application
  • Two references
  • Resume; and
  • On a separate document, a brief paragraph (200 words maximum) describing “why I want to be a volunteer”. Font size: 12; Font Style: Times New Roman and double-spaced

Next Steps:

  • Community resources will notify applicants who have been shortlisted for an interview by the first week of April for post-secondary student applicants; and by end of May for high school student applicants.
  • If you have been shortlisted for an interview (postsecondary and high school), you can proceed to the following:
    • Submit your immunization record. Note: there is a fee associated with the Step 2 TB skin test. Unfortunately, the hospital is unable to offer you this service.
    • Apply for your Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). There is a fee associated with the PVSC application. A supporting letter from the hospital will be emailed to all shortlisted candidates.
  • Attend a new volunteer orientation – the date and time will be provided to you.

Reference Letter and Community Service Hours

  • Students must have a minimum of 75 hours to be eligible for a reference.
  • Request for a reference letter must be for a specific purpose, i.e., job or volunteer application, etc. Student must provide a contact name and address to whom the letter is to be addressed to.
  • A minimum of two weeks notice for a reference is required.
  • Reference letters will be issued in October or after, unless it is time sensitive.
  • Students requiring a reference for scholarship or medical school application must have a minimum of 200 hours.
  • For OMSAS application, a notice must be provided in late August or early September.
  • A certificate or community service form may be issued for students with less than 75 hours.
  • High school students requiring their community service form signed must make an appointment with the coordinator, community resources. No drop-ins.

Coop Education Program

High School

The Community Based Cooperative Education Program is an experiential learning program in partnership between Markham Stouffville Hospital and the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). The application process is coordinated through YRDSB. Students interested in this program should consult with the guidance department at school.

Professional and Allied Health Placements

Students or their placement coordinator should contact our Professional Practice Office at 905-472-7373, ext. 6696.

Medical Office Administration or clerical placements

Students in a medical office administration program are welcome to apply as a volunteer in the adult volunteer program. However, we are unable to sign an education agreement with the educational institution where the student is registered.