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Within different areas of the hospital, there are over 110 enriching volunteer opportunities at Southlake. Each providing a rewarding experience in direct patient care or non-patient support. Rest assured, no matter where you apply to volunteer, you will be impacting the lives of patients and families, and Southlake is passionate about making a difference in your life as well.

For more information on how to volunteer at Southlake, please follow the links below.


All volunteers who are accepted into the program must complete a 1-hour orientation session. In addition, each volunteer is required to complete an online training via the Volunteer Portal.

Upon completion of screening requirements, volunteers are trained on role-specific tasks.

It is important to ensure that we have a full complement of volunteers during each shift to allow us to provide the best experience possible for our patients, families, and visitors.

While the expectation is that you attend every shift, we recognize that unforeseen circumstances may arise. In such situations, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss the possibility of a leave of absence.

New volunteers begin with one position. Additional opportunities may be considered if we have a suitable position available and a minimum of 6 weeks have passed since your first shift.

The list of vacant volunteer positions changes on a daily basis. Once you submit an online application, you will receive an updated list of volunteer opportunities.

We kindly ask that you choose a role based on your interest and long-term availability. Once you select a position from the list provided, we will invite you to attend an interview.

If you have a preferred volunteer area, we ask that you indicate this on your application. Please note that accommodating specific position requests may not always be feasible.

The minimum age to volunteer at all sites across Southlake is 16 years of age or older. You must be the minimum age when you submit your application.

Post-secondary students seeking placements at the hospital can obtain further information and fill out an application in the Learning at Southlake section of the website.

Volunteer roles do not include duties or responsibilities that are performed by a licensed or regulated profession (physician, physiotherapist, nurse, lab technician, etc.) All volunteers, regardless of their training, are restricted to only performing the duties outlined in their volunteer role description.

We recognize that life can be very busy. This is why we ask for a commitment of one shift per week for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours.

If you are interested in paid employment, please visit the career section of our website. Volunteering at the hospital does not guarantee that you will receive a paid position.

Volunteers receive complimentary parking during their volunteer shift.

Student Volunteering at Southlake

 The 2023 Summer Student Volunteer Program will not be running this year. Please check back in early 2024 for updates on next year’s program.

Why Students Choose to Volunteer at Southlake

  • To explore new and exciting career options.
  • To develop new skills and abilities to meet their career expectations.
  • To meet and connect with new student contacts.
  • To help the Southlake community and impact the lives of others.
  • To develop guidance skills through student volunteer leadership roles.

Southlake’s Student Volunteer Programs

High school/university/college Student Year-Round Program

On the same day and time each week, for a minimum of 75 hours, Students must commit to one shift. This shift usually amounts to three to four hours. No forms or references will be completed prior to the completion of 75 hours.

University/college Summer Student Program

The 2022 Summer Student Volunteer Program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back in early 2023 for updates.

Summer students have various opportunities to volunteer their time across the Southlake campus. Students must commit to two shifts per week, completing a minimum of 60 hours during the months of June, July and August.

Apply here.

High school co-op placements

Secondary school students will need to apply through their school’s co-op office. Once this happens, your school will forward your application to Southlake.

Frequently Asked Questions

All volunteers who are accepted into the program must complete a 1-hour orientation session. In addition, each volunteer is required to complete an online training via the Volunteer Portal.

Upon completion of screening requirements, volunteers are trained on role-specific tasks.

It is important to ensure that we have a full complement of volunteers during each shift to allow us to provide the best experience possible for our patients, families, and visitors.

While the expectation is that you attend every shift, we recognize that unforeseen circumstances may arise. In such situations, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss the possibility of a leave of absence.

New volunteers begin with one position. Additional opportunities may be considered if we have a suitable position available and a minimum of 6 weeks have passed since your first shift.

The list of vacant volunteer positions changes on a daily basis. Once you submit an online application, you will receive an updated list of volunteer opportunities.

We kindly ask that you choose a role based on your interest and long-term availability. Once you select a position from the list provided, we will invite you to attend an interview.

If you have a preferred volunteer area, we ask that you indicate this on your application. Please note that accommodating specific position requests may not always be feasible.

The minimum age to volunteer at all sites across Southlake is 16 years of age or older. You must be the minimum age when you submit your application.

Post-secondary students seeking placements at the hospital can obtain further information and fill out an application in the Learning at Southlake section of the website.

Volunteer roles do not include duties or responsibilities that are performed by a licensed or regulated profession (physician, physiotherapist, nurse, lab technician, etc.) All volunteers, regardless of their training, are restricted to only performing the duties outlined in their volunteer role description.

We recognize that life can be very busy. This is why we ask for a commitment of one shift per week for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours.

Volunteering at the hospital does not guarantee that you will receive a paid position. If you are interested in paid employment, please visit the career section of our website.

Volunteers receive complimentary parking during their volunteer shift.