Volunteering at Bluewater Health

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bluewater Health!

Volunteers at Bluewater Health provide quality and continuous support to patients, visitors and staff. Over 700 volunteers at Bluewater Health share a strong sense of commitment and respect. They all have a desire to help others and give back to the community. They contribute their unique talents, skills and support to provide personalized attention to our patients and visitors, enabling our doctors and staff to concentrate on the work for which they are trained.

HELP Volunteers

The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) is an innovative approach to improving the hospital experience for older adults (70+) who are at risk of cognitive and/or physical decline while in hospital.

With direction from the Elder Life Specialist, volunteers provide patients with engaging activities and ensure patients are comfortable and oriented to their surroundings. They are provided with Intervention Activities to help maintain their cognitive, physical and emotional well-being while in hospital, with the goal of maximizing their independence at time of discharge.

As a HELP volunteer, you will assist with providing patients with the following four Intervention Activities:

  • Daily Visitor 
  • Therapeutic Activities
  • Active Range of Motion exercises
  • Meal Assistance 

It is the goal of HELP to provide patients with three visits per day, seven days per week at both our Sarnia and Petrolia hospitals. Please HELP us achieve our goal.

For more information on HELP at Bluewater Health, please contact: Micheline Thompson, Elder Life Specialist Ext. 8389, email: mithompson@bluewaterhealth.ca.

Applying to Volunteer

Due to the complex application process, we ask volunteers to commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year, every week for 3-4 hours.  Please make sure this is a good time in your life for this commitment. The minimum age to volunteer is 16.

The application has a six step process. Click here to view these steps. Click here for the Adult Application. 

If you are a student volunteer under the age of 18, a guardian must fill out this form.

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When Are You Available to Volunteer?

Place a checkmark beside the day(s) that you are available for and circle the shifts you are interested in. Most positions are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Evening and weekend placements are very limited.

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Maps & Directions

Bluewater Health’s programs and services are distributed across two locations, Bluewater Health in Sarnia and Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health in Petrolia. 

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Emergency Care

Bluewater Health’s Emergency Department (ED) provides safe, quality emergency nursing and medical care to patients.

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Mental Health & Addictions Help

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Compliments & Concerns

We are always looking for ways to improve, and welcome your questions, comments, suggestions and concerns. If you’re in hospital, please speak to the hospital staff.

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