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Volunteer in the Community

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with People For a Healthy Community!

Please read about our volunteer needs below to determine which area is of interest to you. We primarily need volunteers in our

Food Program and Senior's programming areas. 

Our volunteer roles range quite a bit, and we work with diverse kinds of Gabriolans. Some examples of volunteer roles can involve cooking, gardening, delivering meals, packing or delivering groceries, sorting vegetables, organizing donations, supporting workshops, serving on committees or the Board of Directors and more.

Volunteering currently takes place from Monday-Thursday, and shift lengths depend on the task/program usually ranging from about
45 minutes to 2 hour shifts.

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Community Programs


Living Life to the Full facilitators are trained and certified to deliver this CMHA program. Facilitators share essential life skills to help people cope with life’s stresses. The course is taught in person or by video conference. Training is funded by PHC, with support from the Red Cross and the Public Health Agency of Canada.


Work as part of a team to: 

  • Sign up participants

  • Deliver the Living Life to the Full program

  • Participate in outcome reports

CMHA Living Life to
the Full Facilitator

Time Requirements: 15 hours of training, followed by facilitation of a minimum of one course per year - approx. 12 hours,

8 sessions


Reading Buddies are asked to commit to reading with students at Gabriola Elementary School once or twice a week. These Buddies will participate in a short seminar on Trauma Informed Communication, helping to build a bigger, stronger web of wellness support in the school community.

Work as part of a team to:

  • Learn about trauma

  • Read age-appropriate material to children

  • Gather data for outcome reports

Learning to read
Trauma Informed
Reading Buddies

Time Requirement: Approx. 3 hours of training, then 1 - 2 hours per week for a minimum of one school semester

If you would like more info please contact the

Wellness Project Coordinator

Patti Mertz   |   250-204-7678

Community Program Volunteers
Food Program Volunteers
Vegetable Garden


Food Programs


Sorting vegetables that Nester’s can no longer sell, and reducing waste by diverting the food back to people, animals, or compost for our gardens.

Food Recovery
Food Recovery

Time Requirements: Mon-Thurs mornings at PHC, takes place outside.


Helping to cook meals, bake, etc.
The day of this can vary depending on kitchen usage and whether you’d prefer to cook alone or with others etc.

Volunteers Cooking

Time Requirement: 

TBA this depends on what's cooking!


Support growing food for our community members and the garden program we offer at GES. Grow food for us in your garden at home, or start some seedlings to get transplanted to our garden.

Volunteer Gardening

Time Requirement: 

Wednesdays from 1-4pm

If you would like more info please contact the Food Program Coordinator

Emily Carson-Apstein   |   250-247-7322

Seniors Program Volunteers


Seniors Programs


Adult Day Activity Program for seniors, includes social time, lunch, exercise, and activities for mental and social stimulation.

Mondays and Saturdays,

10:30am – 3:00pm, Rollo Centre

Program runs throughout the year.

Work as part of a team to:

  • Room set-up & take-down

  • Serving tea, coffee and lunches

  • Greet & socialize with seniors

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work well as part of a team 

Jennifer Downer birthday SUSO programG
Stepping Up, Stepping Out

Requirements: Minimum of 3-4 hrs per week, One program day per week 


An educational series featuring presentations on topics relating to optimal aging. Previous presentations have focused on Advance Care Planning, Housing for an Aging Population, Substance Use Guidelines for 65+, Fall Prevention, Brain Health, Safe Driving over 65, and other topics related to optimal aging. 

Work as part of a team to:

  • Sign-in table 

  • Room set-up and take-down

  • Set-up of refreshment table, making tea & coffee

  • Assist seniors with mobility issues to find seating

New age of aging presentation
New Age of Aging

Time Requirement: Once per month, 12:30pm – 3pm, Rollo Centre.


Social luncheon open to all seniors in the community, featuring nutritious lunches, local entertainment and guest presenters

Drop-in Event

Fourth Thursday of every month 

8:30am – 12:30pm, Rollo Centre 


Work as part of a team to:

  • Room set-up and take-down

  • Greet & socialize with seniors 

  • Serving tea, coffee, lunches

  • Assist seniors with mobility issues to find seating

Senior's monthly luncheon
Senior's Monthly Luncheon

Time Requirement: 

Wednesdays from 1-4pm

If you would like more info please contact the Seniors Program Coordinator


Suzette Delmage   |   250-325-9010

Helping Hands


General Opportunities


If you are handy, we can often use help ensuring our facilities are operating smoothly. This can be done on an as-needed basis.

Facility manitenence volunteers
Facility Manitenence

Time Requirements: 

TBA this depends on what needs fixing!


This would involve being put on a back-up list for when we are short of volunteers, or perhaps have something we need extra help for such as holiday hampers, special events etc.

Occasional Volunteer

Time Requirement: 

TBA this depends on what the event is!


The committee has two distinct functions. Firstly, members review applications for roles on the Board or Committees from the community & recommend successful candidates to the Board. Secondly, the Committee ensures the smooth operation of the organization’s governance. 


No experience is necessary. Understanding how a not-for-profit organization operates is beneficial. Being well-connected to the community for recruiting potential volunteers would be an asset.

Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board

Time Requirement: 

Monthly meetings (in person or virtual). Average time 1 to 2 hours a month. 

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