The partnership between North York General and our volunteers began in 1966 when an inaugural meeting was held and 500 volunteers were recruited from the community to support our soon-to-be-built hospital.
To this day, NYGH volunteers display their ongoing passion and dedication in enhancing the patient and family experience at North York General, volunteering valuable time in a number of clinical and non-clinical areas. NYGH volunteers play a key role in supporting the delivery of compassionate care to patients, their families and visitors all while supporting various operations of throughout the organization.
A diverse group of approximately 900+ women, men and student volunteers are actively involved in over 50 services across the hospitals 3 sites — General Site, Branson Ambulatory Care Centre and Seniors' Health Centre — volunteering over 100,000 hours of service over the last year alone .
Throughout the years, NYGH volunteers have donated over $7 million dollars to the organization. In October 2007, the volunteers pledged to raise $3 million over 10 years for the new Volunteer Services Centre for Medical Imaging. To date, they have raised an impressive $1,787,298-reaching the 2/3 point of their pledge.
The Volunteer Services Department offers 2 specialized volunteer programs. The Adult Volunteer Program and the Student Volunteer Program. The Student Volunteer Program encompasses individuals who are 16 years of age and older attending high school, college or university.
The Volunteer Services Department also supports Co-Operative Education placements to secondary students from the Toronto District School Board, York District School Board and the Toronto Catholic School Board. Learn more about the Co-operative Education placements.
Click the arrow to see a video of Debbie Kuutan, Volunteer at North York General.