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Research Volunteer Program

Embracing Creativity and Innovation through Volunteerism.

Research often represents the gateway towards offering the best care and treatment for patients. Southlake’s Research Office offers volunteers who have a keen interest in research and innovation within the healthcare sector. As a research volunteer, you will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge through direct involvement in a research project alongside our clinical experts. The time required will vary depending on the requirements of the project.

For more information, click here: Research Volunteer Program


Frequently Asked Questions

All volunteers who are accepted into the program participate in a 1.5-hour in-person orientation and required online training. Upon completion of screening requirements, you will then complete role-specific training.

New volunteers begin with one placement. Additional opportunities may be considered if you can fulfill commitment expectations and there is a suitable opening.

Our vacancy list changes on a daily basis. Once you submit an online application, we will email an updated list of current volunteer opportunities. Remember, choose a role based on your interest and availability. We will then invite you in for an in-person interview to ensure the role is the right fit for you. If you have a specific interest, you should indicate this on your application. Please understand that we are not always able to fulfill requests for a specific placement.

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.

If you are a professional and allied health placement student or their placement coordinator, please contact our Professional Practice Office at 905-895-4521, ext. 2954.

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.

It is important to ensure we have a full complement of volunteers every shift to allow us to provide the best experience for our patients, families and visitors. It is the expectation that you attend every shift on time. If you are unable to attend your regular shift we require that you let us know as soon as possible.

Volunteers receive complimentary parking during their volunteer shift.