"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted". ~ Aesop~
Volunteering in palliative care is a uniquely rewarding experience. Thanks to the generous support of Cedars CanSupport (MUHC), Hope & Cope (JGH) and Community Relations and Volunteer Services at the Mt. Sinai Hospital Centre (MSHC), palliative care volunteers at each of our sites are well trained and well supported by our invaluable volunteer coordinators (contact information below). As members of the palliative care team, volunteers are given the opportunity to accompany patients at the end of life and their families within the supportive environment of an experienced interdisciplinary team. Montreal’s cultural diversity affords palliative care volunteers the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life and to broaden one’s sense of community.
To assist staff in providing patients and families with optimum quality of life, volunteers ensure the availability of refreshments, reading materials, accompaniment for short walks on and off the unit, friendly conversation, a quiet presence, social teas, cocktail hour, help with personal hygiene (shaving, manicures), fresh flowers for new and returning patients, and preparation of small gifts for special occasions.
To become a palliative care volunteer, one must complete a mandatory training session.
NEXT TRAINING SESSION (Spring 2019):
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, 5690 Cavendish, Cote St Luc, H4W 1S7 (free parking, or take bus 162, 161, 138, or 104)
Language: Course is presented in English with bilingual discussion. Certificates will be given to those who complete all sessions. Contact Carol Steadman for more information.
For more information on training sessions and volunteer programs at each centre, please contact:
cynthia.stephan-rayes [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (Cynthia Stephan-Rayes) (MUHC, CanSupport); 514-934-1934 ext 43810
kim.mai.chsm [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca (Kim Mai) (St. Mary's Hospital Centre); 514-345-3511 ext 5541
hgoodman [at] jgh.mcgill.ca (Hinda Goodman)afeindel [at] jgh.mcgill.ca ( )(Hope & Cope, JGH); 514-340-8222 ext 25531
swatson [at] wipcr.ca (D)delvidge [at] wipcr.ca (ebbie Elvidge) (West Island Palliative Care Residence); 514-693-1718 ext 264
csteadman.sinai [at] ssss.gouv.qc.ca (Carol Steadman) (Mount Sinai); 514-369-2222 ext 1332
rhanfling [at] jgh.mcgill.ca (Rifka Hanfling) (Hope & Cope, JGH), 514-340-8222 ext 23985