Volunteer Opportunities



Tea Service

We are looking for people to help serve afternoon tea to the residents at Cairnsmore Place. The commitment would be for a minimum of 2 hours per month from 1:45pm to 3:45pm on your assigned day.

Tea is served Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday after the Church service.

Stop and Shop

This shop is run by volunteers and requires spares for volunteering, and specifically a clerk for 2 hours on Wednesday mornings.

For more information contact Linda Ryan at 250-210-2070. 


We need volunteers for the following services:

Tea & Visiting – Can you spare time to help serve tea at the Hospital?  We
currently need someone to serve tea on the 5th Wednesday of the month and to also be a spare. If you think you would like to help to do this contact Carol Scott at 250-743-1489.

Magazine Services needs help too. This is a much needed service. Imagine
coming into the hospital as an emergency, stuck in a bed, sick and all you can do
is stare at the walls, with nothing to take your mind off what you’re going
through. Even a friendly face offering you a magazine and some friendly
conversation can help. If you think you can give a couple of hours weekly or even once a month call Carol at the above number.

A message from the Manager of Island Health Volunteer Resources:

The Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital held its first recorded meeting in 1932 at King’s Daughters Hospital, better known today as Cairnsmore Place.  For generations, it has served our community by providing care and comfort for hospital patients and residents at Cairnsmore.  The Auxiliary sponsors a Youth Volunteer program (yes, called Candy Stripers back in the day), and runs both a handy Gift Shop at the hospital and a vibrant thrift store in downtown Duncan. Every child born at CDH goes home with a tiny hand knit toque.  Every holiday dinner tray in the hospital is decorated with a handmade favour.  Every  resident receives a gift at Christmas.  We all benefit from the talent, effort and kindness of auxilians and the dollars they raise.  The Auxiliary’s ability to help others and to keep the humanity in healthcare inspires year after year. It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with every one of them.   I can’t imagine Island Health without the Auxiliary’s cheerful red smocks…and the laughter, wisdom and commitment of its members.





Current Openings:          

Gift  Shop
The Needlers
Tea and Visiting
Magazine Service


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