1. At which times during the week do you require volunteers?
Volunteer programs are available seven days a week. However, because the majority of services provided to patients are offered on weekdays, we have a greater need for volunteers during working hours on weekdays.
2. What kind of references does a volunteer need?
Volunteers must provide references from three persons who have known them for at least two years (family relations excluded) or who know them in a professional context. References can include teachers, professors, supervisors, co-workers, friends, etc. You must ask permission from each person to give their name as a reference and provide their complete mailing address and, if possible, their email address.
3. Must a volunteer speak both French and English?
Yes. Because the vast majority of our programs require that volunteers communicate with patients, families and visitors, they must be able to speak in both French and English. It is very important that volunteers understand and follow guidelines. However, if you are unilingual, some exemptions are possible. Please contact Volunteer Services to discuss the matter.
4. If I become a volunteer, will I have a better chance of getting a paid position at the Beauséjour Zone of the Vitalité Health Network?
Being a volunteer in any organization will help you gain experience and develop competences and abilities that will be useful in future jobs. However, the fact that you are a volunteer in the Health Authority does not have an impact on available job offers. If you want to apply for a position at the Health Authority, please contact the Human Resources Department.
5. As a student, my course schedule changes every semester. If I’m a volunteer, can I change my volunteer schedule accordingly?
Yes. Schedules for volunteers can be changed based on the availabilities required in your assigned program.
6. If I’m ill or have a cold or a cough, what must I do?
You should stay home, but let know the Department of Volunteer Services that you will be absent. A nurse is also available to answer your questions and help determine if it’s best that you stay home.