Our Volunteers

Contributing to the comfort of patients and families is the collective gift of more than 300 dedicated volunteers who annually donate over 23,000 hours of volunteer service to the Residence.

Read the interview with our volunteer Vijaya Ranade for Palliative Care McGill.

Meet a few of our wonderful volunteers

Emily Kitagawa

Emily Kitagawa

When I first set foot in the West Island Palliative Care Residence, I was touched by its serene atmosphere. Warm sunlight streamed through the Residence’s many windows and the orchids seemed in a state of perpetual bloom.
I’m in the home stretch of a degree in social work and I wanted to volunteer at the Residence to gain experience while giving back to the community.
I started volunteering in the spring of 2016 in both patient care and bereavement calling. It is a humbling and rewarding experience to work at the Residence; I am grateful to meet so many caring individuals at the Residence and it is always a pleasure to help the families who come through its doors.

Lindsay McLeod

Lindsay McLeod

My name is Lindsay and I am a full-time volunteer at various places on the West Island. I think my favorite is being patient care volunteer at the West Island Palliative Care Residence.
I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom, but am rarely to be found at home while my kids are at school. I discovered the joy of volunteering at the Residence through another patient care volunteer. He described the place in such glowing terms, I had to see for myself. I have been volunteering every Wednesday morning since January 2016 and look forward each week to seeing who I will meet and how I can help them and the wonderful staff and volunteers. I have also been given the opportunity to attend some great workshops and training courses to help me be better at my job. It is such a joy to be of service to all these people!

Cameron Black

Cameron Black

Four years ago, when I trained as a patient care volunteer, I knew that I was going to be able to help others. What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would get back in return. Whether I am assisting with a meal, listening to a treasured memory, or just holding a hand, every visit offers a reward. At the end of each shift, the sense that I made some small difference keeps me coming back week after week.
Many people think that the Residence must be a somber place to work. And yes, there certainly are some tears. But this building is also full of laughter, love and deep conversations. Every week I have the privilege to meet some wonderful people and journey with them for a short while. The Residence is a special place that adds richness to my life and keeps me mindful of those things that are truly important.