Volunteer Opportunities


Winter 2020 Recruitment Drive

Do you have some extra time to spare this winter and an interest in exploring volunteering at Hope & Cope?  We’re looking for some volunteers to temporarily cover immediate openings in the following areas:

Hope & Cope Main Office
Wellness Centre Reception
Support Program                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peer Mentors                                                                                                                                                                                                          Follow-up                                                                                                                                                        

Main Office Volunteer:  You will be the face of Hope & Cope at the Segal Cancer Centre. This position involves answering questions in person or on the phone, covering reception, performing clerical tasks, distributing practical resources, and guiding patients and their caregivers to the right resources. Must be capable of communicating in English and French. Minimum one 4 hour shift per week. Location: Jewish General Hospital, Pavilion E, 7th floor, Room 730.1

Contact: Lora Tombari, 514 340-8222, ext. 25534, ltombari@jgh.mcgill.ca


Wellness Centre Reception Volunteer: In this role, you will welcome and guide participants, visitors, volunteers and other guests, putting them at ease as they enter the Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre. Tasks include answering the front door, answering the phones and transferring calls appropriately as well as clerical duties. Must be capable of communicating in English and French. Minimum one hour shift per week. 

Contact : Marcelle Kecman, 514 340-3616, ext. 205, mkecman@jgh.mcgill.ca


Support Program Volunteer (French and English): In this role, you will facilitate and lead discussions in traditional support groups (for patients and caregivers and for people who have recently finished treatment) as well as structured programs such as Think Smart, Live Well (Penser autrement pour mieux vivre) and Focus on the Future (Concentrons-nous sur l’avenir). Location: Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre.

 Contact: Carly Berlin, 514 340-3616, ext. 208, carly.berlin.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Peer Mentors: Our Peer Mentors have personal cancer experience (as patients and/or caregivers) and offer support, encouragement and a compassionate ear to cancer patients and/or their caregivers. As a peer mentor you’ll be offering support via telephone to those who have requested it. 

Contact: Hinda Goodman, 514 340-8222, ext. 25531, hgoodman@jgh.mcgill.ca

Follow-Up Volunteers: As part of our team of Follow-up volunteers, you’ll phone previously registered participants at the Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre. You will be responsible for offering support and suggesting relevant activities, support groups and services offered through the Wellness Centre that would be appropriate for them at various points of their cancer trajectory.

Contact: Carly Berlin, 514 340-3616, ext. 208, carly.berlin.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Clinic Volunteer: As part of this team, you will offer practical and emotional support to patients and/or family members in the out-patient oncology clinics and treatment areas. Varied duties include greeting and guiding patients, bringing them into exam rooms, and providing supportive services as requested by nurses and administrative staff. This position requires physical stamina (lots of walking) and bilingualism (English/French).

Contact: Hinda Goodman, 514 340-8222, ext. 25531, hgoodman@jgh.mcgill.ca

Why volunteeer with us?

The key to Hope & Cope’s success is the presence of 500 volunteers, 90% of whom have either had cancer themselves or cared for someone diagnosed with the disease or, in some cases, have been both a patient and a caregiver.

What these volunteers offer is the wisdom of the lived experience, which enables them to truly understand the concerns of patients and their families. Survivorship Day 2014 service with a smileSeeing volunteers who have survived cancer and are doing well is a source of inspiration and hope to many patients.

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are caring, non-judgmental, a good listener and a team player, bilingual (English/French) or multi-lingual and are comfortable working with those who have cancer, we would like to hear from you.

Please contact us at 514 340-8255.


Volunteer Management Council Charter

In response to an in-depth survey of Hope & Cope volunteers and subsequent consultations, in the fall of 2018, Hope & Cope introduced a new management structure called the Volunteer Management Council. Composed of volunteers representing a wide variety of areas within Hope & Cope as well as staff members, the Council will provide leadership and decision-making on volunteer-related issues and will report directly to the Board.

Click the Volunteer Management Council Charter to learn more about the Council’s mission, structure, composition and goals.