Volunteers have served North York General Hospital (NYGH) even before the hospital opened its doors  In 1966, two years before patients were admitted, Volunteer Services was founded as the Women's Auxiliary and has supported the hospital in its fundraising and public relations efforts ever since.

More than 200 volunteers worked 2,274 hours conducting tours for 10,000 people before NYGH was officially opened.

Volunteers raised money to stock a Gift Shop when the hospital opened, and by 2016 the Gift Shop had contributed more than $7 million to support quality care in the hospital. The Gift Shop is still going strong — a team of almost 100 volunteers keeps it operating seven days a week. There is no paid staff.

The Gift Shop is the primary source of revenue but the Projects Committee plays an important part in fundraising efforts as well. Throughout the year it organizes many worthwhile fundraisers; there are regular Book Sales and Garage Sales, there were dinner dances and fashion shows, and the ‘Quilters' produced magnificent quilts which were successfully raffled off and raised considerable funds.
Volunteer Services contribute $32,4000
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Volunteers at a Book Sale to raise funds for the hospital.
NYGH Volunteers visited local schools to educate schildren about our hospital.
During 1988-89 a small group of NYGH volunteers visited local schools to education children about our hospital.

Over the past 30 years the volunteers have raffled 31 quilts and have raised more than $60,000 benefiting the hospital
For 30 years, from 1986 to 2016, NYGH volunteers raffled 31 quilts and raised more than $60,000 benefiting the hospital.
Volunteers with members of Senior Leadership Team
From left, Karyn Popovich, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive; Volunteer Sandy Walker; President and CEO Dr. Tim Rultedge, Volunteers Barbara Liddiard and Marcia Miller Brassel