Volunteer in Nanaimo

About Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH), Dufferin Place and the Nanaimo Health Unit

The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and Dufferin Place are health care facilities operated by Island Health. NRGH is the largest Acute Care Hospital in the area and is a regional referral centre for much of the Central Island Health Region. Dufferin Place is a 150-bed Long Term Care Facility.

Learn more about Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Dufferin Place, and the Nanaimo Health Unit on our facility pages.

How to Apply

To learn more about volunteering in Nanaimo with us follow these steps:

  1. Read how to become a volunteer
  2. Complete the following forms:
    1. Volunteer Requirements Screening 2019 
    2. Island Health Volunteer Resources Application Form Nanaimo or Step Up Youth Program Application Form 
    3. and two of the Volunteer Reference Forms
  3. Submit all of these documents by one of the following options:
Email volunteer@viha.ca
Print and mail to:

Volunteer Resources & Engagement

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

B021-1200 Dufferin Crescent

Nanaimo, B.C.

V9S 2B7

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Emergency Department volunteer (Tues-Friday and Sunday shifts available)
  • Information Desk volunteer

Step Up Youth Program Information (full for 2019/2020 school year)

The Step Up Youth Program gives high school students from ages 14-18 an opportunity to 

  • practice the Island Health C.A.R.E. values (Courage, Aspire, Respect, and Empathy); 
  • learn about careers in healthcare; and
  • lead by mentoring other volunteers and leading projects.

The next program will start in September 2020 and in the spring we will be accepting applications until June 30, 2020

The Step Up Youth Program runs from September to April and follows the school calendar. Volunteers dedicate their time to one volunteer shift per week from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  

No Baby Unhugged Program Information 

At this time we are not accepting new candidates for the No Baby Unhugged Program. Please note that volunteers for this program are generally selected from our pool of internal candidates, that is, volunteers who have already been volunteering at Island Health and demonstrated exceptional volunteerism.

Still have questions?

If you have unanswered questions please contact volunteer@viha.ca