How do I Become a Volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).
Please carefully review our application and screening process.

Step One: Submit Application, References and Police Reference Check

Application
Complete the online application as well as print and submit two references. Please submit all supporting documents together.

Successful applicants who are asked to attend orientation MUST provide proof of successfully completed Police Reference Check, including Vulnerable Sector Screening, at their own expense. Only originals or embossed photocopies are accepted and must be dated within the past six months.

References and Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
References may be from employers, teachers/professors, volunteer work supervisors or coaches (letters from family members are not accepted). Please have your references complete the Ontario Shores Volunteer Reference Form.

The Vulnerable Sector Screening must be completed within the city/town in which the applicant resides. Ontario Shores will provide the forms necessary to conduct a vulnerable sector search for those applicants residing in the postal code area that begins with “M” (Toronto). The applicant will then have to take these forms along with a certified cheque/money order to the Toronto Police Service on College Street in Toronto. All other vulnerable sector searches for people residing in Durham, Peel, Peterborough, etc. can be requested and paid for by the applicant without the involvement of Ontario Shores.

• Volunteer Application Form
• Ontario Shores Volunteer Reference Form

PDF files above require Adobe Acrobat to view.
All applications will be kept on file for six months.

Submit application package to:
Volunteer Services
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
700 Gordon Street, Whitby, ON L1N 5S9

Step Two: Interview

Volunteer Services screens all applications; however, depending on volume, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted (either by phone or by email). We will discuss your background and experience, interests, skills and reason for volunteering as well as our processes and current volunteer opportunities.

NOTE: Successful completion of the application process and participation in an interview does not guarantee a volunteer placement with Ontario Shores.

Step Three: Orientation and Safe Management Group (SMG) Training

Successful applicants must attend a one-day General Orientation session to become familiar with the hospital’s Mission, Vision, Core Values, emergency procedures, infection control information, and policies and procedures. A tour of the facility and arrangements for your identification badge are completed at this time. All Volunteers are required to wear their identification badges while on duty.

Volunteers are also required to complete a 4 hour Safe Management Group Training session before starting their volunteer placement. This training provides a unique and proactive approach that enables staff and volunteers to manage individuals who are showing signs of escalation. Participants will learn skills most appropriate to their everyday duties.
 
The test at the end of the SMG session is optional for volunteers. Volunteers who do complete and pass the test will receive a Certificate of Training.
Registration for General Orientation and Safe Management Group Training is completed through Volunteer Services.

Step Four: Occupational Health Requirements

For the health and safety of patients and staff, and in compliance with the Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols for Ontario Hospitals, and the policies of Ontario Shores, volunteer placements are conditional upon completing a health screening, including:

  • Two-step TB skin test
   • Documentation of Immunization status for rubella, measles, mumps, chickenpox and Hepatitis B
Onsite testing is arranged through Volunteer Services.

Step Five: Placement

Volunteer placements are arranged through the Coordinator of Volunteer Services. Depending on the placement, additional training / orientation with an experienced volunteer or staff member may be required. New Volunteers are asked to participate in one of three areas before moving forward to a specifically requested placement on a Unit.
 
NOTE: Costs associated with completion of the Police Reference Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening, or Health Screening outside of Ontario Shores, is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

For additional questions or inquiries about becoming a volunteer, please contact us at 905.430.4055 ext. 6579 or volunteers@ontarioshores.ca.