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At this time, volunteers are not coming on to the Baycrest campus but we are working on virtual volunteer programs. Updates will be posted on this page or for more information, please contact Baycrest Volunteer Services at or 416-785-2500 ext. 2572.

Baycrest is fortunate to have more than 2,000 dedicated volunteers who contribute their expertise, skills, talents and companionship to support our vision of a world where every older adult enjoys a life of purpose, inspiration and fulfilment.

Our summer youth volunteer program engages youth between the ages of 13 to 25 in the different areas of geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education.

The list below provides a general idea of the types of roles you may participate in as a summer youth volunteer. If you have a special talent that you are willing to share, please make sure to let us know. Volunteers who play a musical instrument or speak a language other than English, such as Russian, Korean or Italian are in high demand.

Administrative Volunteers

The specific tasks and location of an Administrative Volunteer will vary but each offers the opportunity to work alongside healthcare professionals in a meaningful, professional environment.

You may have the opportunity to:

  • Welcome families and visitors on Hospital or Apotex floors.
  • Greet patients as they come in to Baycrest and assist with wayfinding.
  • Socialize with patients as they wait for medical appointments.
  • Support staff with administrative tasks.
  • Enter data and help with computer work.
  • Prepare information packages and mailings for different departments.
  • Work alongside a research team on special projects.

Recreation Program Volunteers

Recreation programs will vary but each offers the opportunity for a volunteer to work alongside a member of the recreation therapy team, interact with our patients, residents or members and help provide the best possible experience for our clients.

You may have the opportunity to:
  • Escort clients and participate with them in various programs, including sing-a-longs, ice cream socials, games and gardening.
  • Tour clients around Baycrest sharing perspective about the different artwork, museum artifacts and other areas of interest both indoors and outdoors.
  • Interact with individual clients enjoying a variety of activities, which may include reading, games and iPad applications.  
* Volunteers must be able to push a wheelchair

Special Event Volunteer

Baycrest often has special events throughout the summer, which can vary from week to week. Each event will offer the opportunity to work alongside passionate healthcare professionals in a dynamitic, fast-paced environment.

You may have the opportunity to:
  • Assist with registration, set-up, and the smooth running of the event.
  • Escort clients and socialize throughout the program or outing.
  • Accompany residents on outings outside of Baycrest such as parks, malls or local attractions.

* Volunteers must be able to push a wheelchair

Job Shadowing

This one-time learning opportunity is available to registered Baycrest Youth Volunteers over the Summer.

It offers high school and undergraduate university students a one-time session to speak with a healthcare professional about their role and/or observe their daily work environment, tasks, and responsibilities.

Job shadowing opportunities may include:

  • Neuroimaging
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Palliative care
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapy
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research Ethics Board