We believe it is very important for prospective volunteers to clearly understand the program criteria to ensure a mutual match for both the advisor and North York General Hospital. Kindly review the program requirements and confirm you can meet the program’s expectations prior to beginning the application process.
NYGH Experience –- All Patient and Family Advisors are required to have had an experience with NYGH within the past two years, either as a patient or as a primary caregiver to a patient.
Time Commitment — All volunteers must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year with a typical commitment of two years. We require that every Patient and Family Advisor be continuously involved with at least one committee or ongoing project. Please reflect on your availability and ensure this is a commitment you can make!
Note: The majority of our volunteer roles are between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. There are very limited volunteer roles available during the evenings or weekends.
TB/Communicable Disease Surveillance Program
— NYGH is in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act (O. Reg. 965)
which requires that hospital bylaws must establish and provide for the operation of a health surveillance program, including a TB/communicable disease surveillance program, for all persons carrying on activities in the hospital. Prior to placement, you must provide documentation from your treating physician to the Volunteer Services Department to ensure your immunization status meets the requirements of the TB/communicable disease program at NYGH. TB/communicable disease screening begins after a prospective volunteer has been accepted to the Volunteer Program.
Influenza Vaccination —
NYGH is committed to providing the best care for our patients, our health care workers and our volunteers. NYGH's Influenza Vaccination Policy and Outbreak Management policy requires all staff, physicians and volunteers who work in patient areas to immunize or mask. Learn more
— Volunteers must have an advanced level of English in both speaking and writing.
— Once accepted to the Volunteer Program, you will be required to attend an orientation day where we will review hospital policies, procedures, communication skills and how to be successful in your new role.
What We Are Looking for
At NYGH, volunteers are committed to enhancing the experience of our patients, residents and their families. Prospective volunteers should:
Have a compassionate and respectful manner
Be professional, reliable and punctual
Be accountable and a team player
Be willing to learn new skills and follow direction
Be committed to making a difference
Be open to seeing beyond their own personal experience
If you meet the program criteria, here are the steps to becoming a Patient and Family Advisor at NYGH: