Urgently needed

Woman visiting with a senior woman, both smiling

We have a wide variety of volunteer roles but the ones we need most urgently are:

    • Spiritual Care Assistant: 2 hours/week – You will spend quality time with residents to read the bible, talk about your spiritual journey and participate in hymn sings.
    • Meal Time Assistant: 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. OR 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. OR 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. – You will be assisting nursing staff by helping residents to eat their meals.
    • Friendly Visitor: 2 hours/week – You will be visiting a Lodge resident on a weekly basis and developing a respectful and caring relationship. An understanding of or experience with dementia is a benefit, but not required.
    • Weekend Volunteers: We need volunteers on the weekends with friendly visiting, meal assistance, and one-to-one programs.  If you are interested, please register and we can connect you.

**Please note you must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer at Shepherd Village**

Steps To Volunteer

Group photo of young and senior volunteers and staff

  1. All volunteers must be able to fulfill a minimum of 2 hours per week for 6 months of volunteer service
  2. Complete the online application form and attach your resume at the end of the form where indicated.
  3. A valid 2-step Mantoux (TB) skin test. If step 1 is positive, you must have the results of a chest x-ray.
  4. Written proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  5. Proof of a recent flu shot
  6. Complete a vulnerable sector check.                                                   A valid* Vulnerable-Sector Police Record Check (VSPRC) for Employment completed by your local Police Department. Estimated processing time varies by region.
  7. Complete an interview via Zoom
  8. Attend an orientation
  9. Complete online and role-specific trainings
  10. Sign a Memo of Understanding

Contact us

Volunteer Coordinator
416.609.5700 ext. 275

Co-op Placements

For students, getting hands-on work experience is critical to their future. At Shepherd Village, we offer high school, college and university students a professional and respectful learning environment. We host students from high school and from post-secondary programs such as Gerontology, Nursing, Recreation, Seminary, Project Management and more. Our students learn new skills, build their networks and gain real world experience, all of which is vital for their resumes and to kick start their careers.


Student Opportunities

For students, getting hands-on work experience is critical to their future. At Shepherd Village, we offer youth 16 and up opportunities to develop their professional skills and learn in an environment that supports their growth. We believe in the difference that youth can make in the lives of seniors. It is the mission of the volunteer department to offer youth opportunities to build their networks, acquire new skills, and engage in self-discovery, while giving back to their community

L.E.A.D. program
Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, Determination or L.E.AD. is a strengths-based program for students in grades 11 and 12 that helps them gain valuable tools to successfully transition to college or university. Students learn about resume writing and scholarship and career opportunities and they build lifelong skills of self-exploration, self-management, self-worth, self-confidence, working well with others and community engagement.

Lodge Activities:Terrace Activities:Additional Activities:
Friendly Visitor Friendly VisitorReception Desk
Recreational AssistantRecreational AssistantVillage Club
Meal Time AssistantChurch Service
Church ServiceBible Study
Spiritual Care AssistantFriday Movies
Spiritual Care & Palliative Care Assistant Piano Player
Piano PlayerGuitar Player
Guitar Player