Auxiliary Volunteers

volunteer handing someone coffee

The mission of the Glengarry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is to provide volunteer services to the patients, to promote good public relations, and to assist the hospital in its provision of quality health care to the community. The Auxiliary is comprised of dedicated people who give over 12,000 hours each year to the hospital. Since the Auxiliary was founded in 1966, well over a quarter of a million dollars has been raised for the hospital, and an excess of 500,000 hours of volunteer work have been contributed. We are justifiably very proud of our Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary assists the hospital in improving the comfort of HGMH patients by funding the purchase of previously approved specialty equipment for the hospital, as well as amenities for the patients. They have contributed their funds to the purchase of 37 hanging bed trays, bedside chairs and journals, and have donated funds toward the purchase of digital X-ray equipment in an effort to improve the quality of the stay of patients at HGMH.

In conjunction with the hospital administration, those who volunteer for the Auxiliary make every attempt to create a positive relationship with the public, while raising money to provide the best possible patient care. Our top priority is the welfare of the patients, and our volunteers accomplish this by serving in many different capacities and on a variety of committees.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of the Auxiliary, please contact:

Mario Riggio
613-525-2222 extension 4256 


Spiritual Care

Specially trained members of the Auxiliary attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of the patients and their families. They visit twice weekly.

Gift Shop

Patients and visitors are served by more than 40 volunteers who maintain the Gift Shop. Light snacks and beverages, as well as a wide variety of gift items are offered for sale. Profits generated from this source are the main fund­raising endeavor of the Auxiliary.

Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

The aim of the HELP program is to prevent delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older adults. As a HELP volunteer, you will be working directly with the patients in a clinical setting. 


HELP volunteers make a big difference in the lives of seniors during their stay in hospital. As a HELP volunteer, some of your roles and responsibilities include:

  • Providing support and companionship to older patients
  • Providing support with orientation, vision and hearing
  • Encouraging cognitive stimulation through activities, such as puzzles and playing cards
  • Providing assistance at mealtimes including opening containers and assisting with menu completion  

In Memoriam

Donations to honour the memory of loved ones are welcomed. The names of the deceased are inscribed in the ‘In Memoriam Book' displayed in its showcase in the lobby.

Information Desk

Volunteers manning this desk near the emergency entrance welcome and assist patients and visitors in navigating the hospital environment.

Teen Volunteers

Under the direction of Auxiliary coordinators, the teens in this program work from 4:00pm to 7:30pm, providing assistance to the nursing staff. Every year the Auxiliary offers bursaries to graduating high school students who have served as Teen Volunteers and are pursuing College or University programs.

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