Hospice Volunteers

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training

Every year the Hospice Society of Camrose & District offers a training program that is open to the public.

All are welcome to participate, whether you choose to become a volunteer or not. Those choosing to become registered volunteers will be interviewed, asked to supply references, and undertake a criminal record check.

The introduction on Friday evening (Day 1) is from 7 – 9:00 pm.
Subsequent sessions are on Saturdays & Sundays (9:00 am – 4:00 pm).

Training Program Outline:

Day 1

  • Introduction to Palliative/end-of-life Support, and the Value of Silence

Day 2-3
  • Effective Communications
  • Family Dynamics
  • Emotional & Spiritual Support: A vision for holistic care 

Day 4-5
  • Physical Care of the Dying
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Self Care: Grace and compassion for self and others

Those who wish to become volunteer caregivers must complete all training sessions.
Click here to register
Cost is $35; course is limited to 20 people.
Offered at: Camrose Fire Hall Community Room
Fire Hall, 201 Mount Pleasant Drive

For more information:
Phone: Wanita @ 780-678-6859

How to Apply

Hospice Society of Camrose & District volunteers are known for their compassion, integrity, and skilled care. To maintain high quality in our volunteer program, attention to volunteer intake, training, and support are key.

If you are interested in any of our volunteer opportunities:
  • Contact our volunteer coordinator, Joy LeBlanc
  • Complete and submit a Volunteer Application
  • Meet with Hospice staff for a personal interview

In addition, people interested in any of the clinical volunteer roles are required to:
  • Request and submit a completed police check (at no cost).
  • Successfully complete a 30-hour training course, committing to attending all sessions.
  • Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for an individual placement interview.
  • Attend ongoing opportunities for learning, enrichment, and support.

(*Please note there is a $35 training fee, which can be adjusted if this presents a hardship.)
Why choose to be a hospice palliative care volunteer?
(From the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association)

"Because it's fun," says Mary Jane. Mary Jane comes from a family with a long history of volunteering and spent her working life in community agencies where she was inspired by the contribution of volunteers. "I may be retired from work now," she says, "but I'm not retired from life." Mary Jane chairs the development committee, and is involved in many aspects of her provincial hospice palliative care association's fundraising activities. "When you volunteer, you choose a particular job because you like doing it, and it really is true that you get more out of it than you give."
"Because I know there's a real need for listening support for ill and grieving people and their families in the community," says Joan. Joan spends a morning each week in the office offering telephone bereavement support and helps to organize annual memorial services. Joan stresses that the continuing education she receives helps her to reach out to people, not just for her volunteer work but also in her daily life.

Whether you're a front-line volunteer caring for someone at the bedside, or involved behind the scenes with a local hospice palliative care organization there's something for everyone.