Child Development Programs offers our volunteers opportunities to learn new skills, engage with clients, form new relationships, and have fun! We have adult and student volunteers, as well as co-op students to help in many aspects of delivering services to children and their families. There are opportunities to volunteer for the Preschool Speech and Language, Infant Hearing, and Blind Low Vision programs.

Volunteers bring fresh ideas, knowledge, and life experiences to our programs. They may be high school students, college students, university students or graduate school candidates as well as professionals, retiree’s or families.

How do I become a volunteer?

New volunteers with the Child Development Programs are provided with an orientation and guidance to perform well in their role with our program, and to get the most out of their volunteering experience. It is important to us that our volunteers are provided with a meaningful and enjoyable experience.

Volunteers with the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program may assist staff with a wide variety of activities, projects, and tasks. They can co-ordinate and prepare materials for intervention, assist with treatment sessions and parent education classes, and carry out day-to-day office needs and administrative tasks. Volunteers with the Blind-Low Vision Program are able to provide teams with administrative support. Infant Hearing Program volunteers may have a chance to interact with families during newborn hearing screenings or audiology visits and provide support to the program through help with various administrative and office tasks.

Programs operate from Monday – Friday, from 8:30/9:00 am to 4:30/5:00 pm. The York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program has 7 sites located throughout York Region. The Blind Low Vision and Infant Hearing Program volunteers typically work out of Oak Valley Health, or at one of the sites.

Oak Valley Health’s volunteer policy requires that you volunteer for more than 30 hours if you require a reference for the Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. It is recommended that you request a letter of reference from the Speech and Language Pathologist in the office you support.

Application Process

The Adult and Student application forms may downloaded or picked up in the Community Resources Department during business hours, Mon to Fri from 8:30 – 5:00pm or at the Information Desk (main lobby) during off hours. The Community Resources Department is located on the second floor at Oak Valley Health. Upon entering the main lobby, ask the Info Desk volunteers to direct you to the Community Resources Department.

Documentations on the following are also required:

  • Application form Download Student Volunteer Application Form
  • A record of immunization status and two step Tuberculosis skin test. Download Immunization Record Form
  • Two references Download Reference Form
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening Check (VSS) – If selected for an interview, you may be required to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) Check. This will be confirmed with you during the interview.
  • An updated resume

Please email, mail, or drop off your application to:

Attention: Community Resources Department
Oak Valley Health, 381 Church Street
Markham, Ontario
L3P 7P3

Please note: there is usually a wait list for enrollment with our programs. Your application will be kept on file for one year and you will be contacted once a vacancy becomes available. All applications are reviewed. However, due to the volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

I really enjoy working with the children and their families at YRPSLP. I am constantly gaining new experiences because every child is so unique. I am able to contribute my ideas and create new resources and activities that I know will be used in a meaningful way.

Jahnusha Shriraam