Volunteering at Markham Stouffville Hospital

Markham Stouffville Hospital has a rich history of community support and involvement on many levels. When the hospital opened in March 1990, over 700 volunteers were on board, working alongside the staff and physicians to welcome patients and their families.

Volunteers bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to the Hospital community; one of the principle social institutions in Markham. The volunteers also represent the multi-cultural mosaic of our community; and that reality is intricately woven into the cultural fabric of Markham Stouffville Hospital.

An integral part of the Hospital health team, volunteers are an extension of our staff, and assist staff in providing safe, high quality health care to our patients and their families.  Volunteers play many roles: they provide clerical assistance, patient support, excellent customer service, and often become involved in fundraising activities.

The Community Resources Department is the central hub for the recruitment of volunteers at the hospital. Our department consists of:

  • An adult Volunteer Program
  • A student Volunteer Program
  • A community-based Education Program (High School), in partnership with the York Region District School Board


The Adult Volunteer Program

Becoming involved with the Markham Stouffville Hospital Volunteer Program is a wonderful way of supporting the delivery of hospital care in our community. Research has shown that there are many benefits to volunteering, including helping the community prosper, developing personal growth and learning skills, fostering leadership and teamwork skills, and enhancing self-confidence. When volunteers are required to be absent, they are always missed by the patients and staff.

Important members of the Markham Stouffville Hospital, our volunteers have good communication and interpersonal skills. Above all, they have empathy for our patients and their families. Reliability and regular attendance are essential; and so the decision to make this commitment needs to be carefully explored and considered.

The Student Volunteer Program

To become a student volunteer, you must be at least of 14 years old and/or in grade 9. Parental consent is required for student applicants under 18 years of age, i.e. parental signature is required on the student application form.

Both the school year (Sept–June) and summer student volunteer programs (May-June) are popular. Over 500 applications are received each year for the student volunteer program. It is on a first come first serve basis – approximately 350-400 students are recruited for the summer period and 130+ students during the school year from September to June.

Student volunteers are assessed as to their initiative, general knowledge base, and overall sense of responsibility to an active hospital community.

For the Summer Volunteer Program, university and high school applicants are called by telephone or email to come in for an interview: university students in early May; and high school students in mid-June. For the school year program, applicants are called in late September or early October, depending on the availability of positions.

Click here for more information on the Student Volunteer Program.

Becoming a Volunteer – Markham Site

Thank you for your interest in joining our dedicated, enthusiastic and diverse group of volunteers. The following will assist you to becoming a volunteer at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Markham Site.


Application Process:

The Adult and Student application forms may be picked up in the Community Resources Department during business hours, Mon to Fri from 8:30–4:30 pm or at the Information Desk (main lobby) during off hours.

The Community Resources Department is located on the second floor. Upon entering the main lobby, ask the Info Desk volunteers to direct you to the Community Resources Department.

Documentations on the following are also required:

  • Tuberculosis Skin Test (2 Step). The TB Skin test is a Public Hospital Act requirement and both steps are mandatory.  See attached form
  • Two references – See attached form
  • Police Check – A police reference check will be done after completion of the initial review of your suitability and/or you have tentatively been selected for a volunteer opportunity
  • An updated resume

Mail or drop off your application to:

Attention: Community Resources Department
Markham Stouffville Hospital381 Church Street
Markham, Ontario
L3P 7P3

All applications are reviewed. However, due to the volume of applications the Community Resources Department receive, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Your application will be kept on file for one year.

To learn more about the volunteer programs, contact the Community Resources Department at 905.472.7015.

Community Based Cooperative Education Program

The Community Based Cooperative Education Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital is an experiential learning program in partnership with the York Region District School Board. The program integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. A credit-earning program, it provides students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and social values through hands-on experience; to gain valuable work experience; and to make informed educational and career decisions relating to healthcare.

The application process is coordinated through the York Region District School Board.  Students interested in this program should consult with the Co-op teacher in their respective school.