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:

CN Cycle Volunteers (accepting volunteers NOW!)

May 6, 2018

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

Teddy Bears’ Picnic Volunteer (volunteer positions available soon!)

June 2018

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 24, 2017 to help us thank the community for their unwavering support. Various volunteer roles are available.

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 (volunteer positions available soon!)

June 2018

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.

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.