Recommended volunteer sites

Listed below - in alphabetical order by community - are some of the agencies currently providing volunteer opportunities suitable for entry into the Therapeutic Recreation program. 

Burnaby

George Derby Centre, 7550 Cumberland Street

Long-term care facility providing care to 300 veterans of the Armed Forces. Three open units and two special care units for residents with dementia. The Therapeutic Recreation department includes recreation, artworks, music therapy, pastoral care and volunteer services.       

Contact: Yoying Orosa
Director, Therapeutic Programs
604 527 4450 

St. Michael's Centre, 7451 Sussex Ave. 

Residential care for seniors. Also offers compassionate and holistic hospice care for people who have a terminal illness. The Therapies Department delivers over 50 programs to assist residents to maintain or improve their state of health and live life to its fullest.        

Contact: Rose Vidas
Director of Volunteer Services
604 434 1323, local 134

Delta / Surrey / Langley  

Evergreen Hamlets, 15660 84 Ave.  

Residential care for adults with brain injuries, Huntington's chorea, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. The Activities Department provides various programming ranging from sports, board games, mental aerobics, information sessions to outings/excursions.       

Contact: Jason Villanueva
Recreation Coordinator
604 597 7906  

Guildford Seniors Village, 14568 104 Ave.   

Guildford Seniors Village is home to 89 residents with varying care needs. We have three separate units including one Special Care Unit. We offer a variety of large group, small group and one-on-one programs.      

Contact: Mimi Radbourne
Manager of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteers 
604 580 4284

Langley Gardens - Empress Assisted Living, 3rd Floor - 8948 202 St.   

An assisted living building providing housing for 35 very active residents. On a daily basis, we offer numerous programs to enhance our residents' social, emotional, physical, vocational, spiritual and intellectural well being.       

Contact: Tara Watson
Lifestyle and Programs Manager
604 881 8132, local 132

Semiahmoo House Society, 15306 24 Ave.  

The Recreation and Leisure department offers a range of cool and interesting evening programs for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.  Band practice, Theatre, Sports, A Glee-Club, Boys and Girls night out and a Friday movie drop-in are just some of the exciting programs.  We are looking for enthusiastic, caring and committed peer mentors who want to make a difference in the lives of other people.         

Contact: Dorothy Gurney
Volunteer Coordinator 

The Residence at Morgan Heights, 15955 27 Ave.  

A long term care facility for older adults featuring 8 residential neighbourhoods within a 116 bed complex care community.   The Therapeutic Recreation department offers numerous programs designed to meet the needs and interests of our residents.  We provide opportunities to enhance the residents' social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual well-being.      

Contact: Karissa Tedford
Recreation Coordinator
604 576 2273 ext 121

Fraser Valley  

Abbotsford Regional Hospital - Extended Care, 33457 Cottage Lane, Abbotsford  

We are a 125 bed extended care facility with a team approach to quality of life. Combined music, rehabilitation and recreation therapy programming. Recreation programming is available six days a week.      

Contact: Darlene Knudson
Volunteer Services
604 851 3010 
Note: Ask to volunteer with Karen Hohn, Recreation Therapist

Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows 

Ridge Meadows Hospital - Baillie House, 11666 Laity St.  

Residential care for seniors. We provide therapeutic recreation services to 175 seniors with various disabilities.       

Contact: Ridge Meadows Hospital Volunteer Coordinator
604 466 7911
Note: Ask to volunteer as a residential aide volunteer under the supervision of Jade Tomlinson

North Vancouver / West Vancouver

Kiwanis Care Centre, 2444 Burr Place, North Vancouver  

Complex care facility with 192 residents, primarily, but not limited to seniors. There are limited mental health opportunities available.      

Contact: Recreation Therapist 
604 924 8357 

Port Moody / Coquitlam / Port Coquitlam 

Hawthorne Care Centre, 2111 Hawthorne Ave., Port Coquitlam  

Hawthorne provides a wide range of services to seniors, from low income housing to long term residential care for those seniors with complex care needs. All the recreation therapists are Douglas College graduates.      

Contact: Vicki Robertson
Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Partnerships
604 468 5037

Richmond 

Rosewood Manor, 6260 Blundell Rd.   

Rosewood Manor is a non-profit care home licensed for 151 Complex Care residents including a 35 bed dementia care unit and one respite bed. The Recreation Department provides a variety of individual and group programs designed to meet the social, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the Residents.       

Contact: Megan Kinghorn
Recreation and Volunteer Manager
604 271 3590 (local 122)

Vancouver

Adanac Park Lodge, 851 Boundary Rd.  

Residential care facility with 72 residents. Average age of residents is mid 70's and many have mental health issues. The Leisure and Volunteer Services Department provides a wide variety of programs to meet the needs and interests of our residents.         

Contact: Jennifer Gilchrist
Leisure and Volunteer Services Manager
604-299-7567 ext. 310 

Developmental Disabilities Association - Leisure Challenge Program, 2083 East 37 Ave.   

After school community based leisure and recreation program for youth ages 13 to 19 with developmental disabilities. Focus of the program is to teach life and social skills through recreation.      

Contact: Jackie Lanz
Program Coordinator
604 323 8370  

Dr. Peter Centre, 1110 Comox St. 

Dr. Peter Centre provides a Day Health Program and a 24 bed residence to people living with HIV. Goal is to provide care to those most at risk of deteriorating health.       

Contact: Carolyn Ryan
Volunteer Coordinator
604 608 1874 local 2235  

George Pearson Centre, 700 West 57 Ave.   

George Pearson Centre is an extended long-term care for adults with severe physical disabilities. Residents are on average 40 years of age with primary disabilities ranging from those resulting from spinal cord or head injuries to chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and ALS and disorders including cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Recreation Therapy staff provide volunteer-supported programs designed to stimulate residents either physically, socially or cognitively.       

Contact: Kim Aubert
Coordinator, Volunteer Resources
604 322 8332

Holy Family Hospital

Holy Family Hospital, a Providence Health Care site, is home to 142 extended care residents, as well as one of the largest referral centres for rehabilitation in British Columbia. Residents are older adults working to overcome obstacles caused by strokes, arthritis, orthopedic trauma or major surgeries like hip, ankle, or knee replacements and leg amputations. At Holy Family Hospital each resident is valued as a unique person, deserving of support in order to enjoy a meaningful quality of life, and the team there operates with those core values in mind. Volunteers, please apply through the Providence Health Care volunteer site. 

Contact: Carrie-Ann Robertson

Coordinator, Volunteer Resources, 604-322-2666                                                                                                                                                              

Little Mountain Place, 330 East 36 Ave. 

Residential care facility with 116 residents. Provides specialized services for the visually impaired, the frail elderly, and residents with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias. Therapeutic Recreation Programs are offered based upon residents' needs; they have a specific goal and purpose, they assist in bringing meaning and satisfaction to one's life and they help to maintain physical and emotional well being.       

Contact: Coordinator, Volunteer Services 
604 325 2298  

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation - Adapted and Integrated Programs, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way  

Access Services is city wide department supporting children, youth and adults with varying disabilities.  Access Services is led by a Recreational Therapist and in partnership with outside organizations and community associations provides a number of adapted and integrated social-recreational programs.  The primary focus being on supported day camps, adaptive aquatics, and a Summer Sports Festival highlighting outdoor activities including: Kayaking, Sailing, Sit-Ski Waterskiing, Rowing and other activities.       

Contact: Dawn Livesley
Access Services - Recreation Programmer
604 718 5853