Volunteer at Betel

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”  – Unknown

The Bernard Betel Centre supports a large population of seniors, and relies on more than 400 member and non-member volunteers to help keep our programs current, exciting and informative. Volunteers are a vital part of our community.

We provide an opportunity for volunteers to obtain personal growth, learn new skills, develop a sense of commitment, and participate in meaningful activities. Through the involvement of community and member volunteers, we ensure that the Bernard Betel Centre remains an integral part of the community.


Most volunteer opportunities take place Monday to Friday in the morning, afternoon and early evening with an occasional Sunday. Compassion, sensitivity and caring are just some of the valuable skills our volunteers contribute to our programming. Interviews will be scheduled with potential volunteers to determine what skills, experience and expertise they can bring to the Centre and to ensure they are placed in a suitable volunteer position. Certain positions require police checks, which are completed and paid for by the Centre. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer on-site and at least 18 years old to volunteer in the Community.


Volunteers are given an orientation to the Bernard Betel Centre and their program prior to the beginning of their placement.  On-the-job training is provided and educational workshops specific to the volunteer role are offered throughout the year.


We highly value and appreciate the enormous contribution of our volunteers to the clients and community we serve.  We formally recognize our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, at the Annual Volunteer Banquet and through external Volunteer Service Awards.  It is the responsibility of all staff to respect the volunteers and consider them valuable members of the team.

For more information about volunteer services at the Bernard Betel Centre, please contact Cheryl Besner at 416-225-2112, ext. 127 or cherylb@betelcentre.org.