Volunteer Opportunities at the CHEO Foundation

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the CHEO Foundation!

One of the ways in which we make the best use of donations received is by harnessing the power of volunteers.  Their various expertise and life experiences help ensure the success of our fundraising events.

Of note, all new volunteers are asked to submit a Criminal Records Check or Police Records Check from their local police force. (Information on the Criminal Records Check or Police Record Check as well as a downloadable form can be found at the bottom of the page).

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available at the CHEO Foundation:

Kid’s Marathon Volunteer (this event is now closed)

May 29, 2016

You will be responsible for keeping the kids moving down the roadway towards the  water/Gatorade table towards the Laurier Bridge where volunteers will hand out medals.  Once they receive their medals kids are to move to the backdrop to get a finish line photo taken and then the Recovery Tent inside Confederation Park for light refreshments. Once they exit their tent, each child is to be directed to a structure that has a sample of their race bib.  Each child is to go to the bib color that matches their bib. This is where their parents will meet them.

Parking:  There is limited parking at City Hall.  We strongly recommend that you carpool or get dropped off several blocks away and walk to City Hall.

Please note:  We will hold a short, mandatory orientation session before the event (time and location to be determined).

Apply to be a Kid’s Marathon Volunteer

Sporting Life 10K Volunteer (this event is now closed)

May 8, 2016

Volunteer at the inaugural Sporting Life 10K Ottawa on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th.  Starting at Lansdowne Park,  runners and walkers will go the distance while raising funds to provide support to the patients and families at CHEO.  We need volunteers to help cheer participants at the start line and hand out medals at the finish line.  Please see the attached position description and sign up today!

Apply to be a Sporting Life 10K Volunteer

Dance Marathon Volunteer (this event is now closed)

Dance Marathon (DM) is a movement involving colleges and universities across the country, raising money to provide emotional and financial support to the patients and families who are cared for at CHEO. Their fundraising culminates in an eight hour-long event where students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment to celebrate the total amount raised that year. Many types of volunteer roles are available for this event

Apply to be a Dance Marathon Volunteer

CN Cycle Volunteers  (this event is now closed)

May 1, 2016

The CN Cycle for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive event that offers a wide range of cycling (15K, 35K, 70K) and walking (2K, 5K) routes for people of all ages and abilities while raising funds for kids with cancer. Our fully-supported urban cycling routes will be closed to traffic and will offer a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and families to safely cycle along Ottawa’s most scenic corridors.  Various volunteer roles are available at CN Cycle for CHEO. To learn more, visit www.cncycle.ca

Apply to be a CN Cycle Volunteer

Teddy Bears’ Picnic Volunteer  (this event is now closed)

June 18, 2016

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has become a family tradition unlike any other as kids, parents, and grandparents alike all head to the Governor General’s residence at Rideau Hall for a day of family activities. Volunteers are needed on June 21, 2014 to help us thank the community for their unwavering support. Various volunteer roles are available.

Apply to be a Teddy Bear Picnic Volunteer

CHEO Radiothon Volunteer (this event is now closed)

In the spring, CHEO typically has two twelve hour long radiothons held over two days. Volunteers are needed to help answer phones.

Apply to be a CHEO Radiothon Volunteer

CHEO Bear (accepting volunteers NOW!)

This is a fun volunteer role for students! You can help put a smile on a child’s face by being CHEO Bear at CHEO Foundation events.  We are looking for kid friendly, fun loving personalities to entertain the crowds and take photos with kids!  And remember….CHEO Bear doesn’t talk; he gestures to communicate.  Volunteers are expected to work 1-3 hour shifts depending on the event. This is an ongoing volunteer role with different dates throughout the year, as required.

Apply to be CHEO Bear

CHEO Telethon (this event is now closed)

June 4 & 5, 2016

The annual CHEO Telethon raises funds to help support the work of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state-of the art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance to families in crisis. CHEO Telethon volunteers are needed June 7 – 8, 2014.

Apply to be CHEO Telethon Volunteer

Bear wear Committee Volunteer (this position is now closed)

Our merchandise line of t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, caps and teddy bears are sold on-site at CHEO and during the Telethon weekend in June. We may also require volunteers to sell leftover merchandise at various times throughout the year. The Bear Wear Committee Volunteers are needed at various times between April and June.

Apply to be a Bear Wear Committee Volunteer

Volunteering for the Hospital

Volunteer opportunities for the Hospital are not managed by the CHEO Foundation. Please visit the website: www.cheo.on.ca for further information on volunteering within the Hospital.

Information regarding the Criminal Records Check and Police Records Check

In order to obtain the Criminal Records Check or Police Record Check you will need to deliver, in person, a completed police records check form along with two pieces of valid identification. One piece of identification must include a photo that confirms your name, date of birth, and address to one of the following police stations:

NOTE: Although there are no formal updates available on Ottawa Police Website, the head of the Records Check Department has confirmed that as of August 11th, 2014 all Express Police Record Checks (for service with the vulnerable sector) will only be processed by drop off at the 2670 Queensview Station.

  •  2670 Queensview Drive (Nepean) – express checks are offered at this location only.
  • 474 Elgin Street (Ottawa)
  • 4561 Bank Street (Gloucester)
  • 3343 St-Joseph Boulevard (Orleans)
  • 245 Greenbank Road (Nepean)
  • 211 Huntmar Drive (Kanata)

Once you receive the approved Criminal Records Check or Police Records Check form from the Ottawa Police you must deliver a copy to the CHEO Foundation prior to the fundraising event you are volunteering for. Your information will be kept in a secure file at the CHEO Foundation for future reference and will be valid for a period of two years. Please keep in mind that Records Checks are processed in approximately three to six weeks, (exception – six to eight weeks during peak periods) assuming timely response from other police services and depending on request volumes.

If you require more information regarding Criminal/Police Record checks please visit www.ottawapolice.ca.

Click here to download either a Police Records Check or a Criminal Records check.