Volunteer With Us

Volunteers play many vital roles here at Mary Centre. Nearly 60 volunteers share their time and hearts to enable adults with developmental challenges to fulfill their potential. But we need more of you. Won’t you share your talents with us?

Here are just some of the ways that a little of your time can make a big difference to the lives of others.

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  • Friendly visitors spend time on a regular basis with an individual who has a developmental disability at his or her home: having a chat, reading together, playing cards, going to the library or a movie, taking a walk together, attending sporting or recreation events
  • Tutors teach reading, writing, math or computer skills
  • Drivers transport individuals to social, recreational or church activities

The residents and participants of Mary Centre are typically loving, sensitive people who become very attached to their support workers and volunteer “buddies.” For this reason, we carefully match personalities and interests — and we ask our direct service volunteers for a commitment of at least one year.

In return, you have an opportunity to not only enrich the life of an adult with a developmental challenge — but you have an opportunity to enrich your own life. Volunteers receive one-on-one orientation to Mary Centre and to the person whom you would support. So as to meet MCSS Compliance standards you must complete certain training programs, which can be completed on-line and/or in-person.


Volunteers learn about developmental challenges and acquire valuable new skills at the same time.

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Support service

  • Gardeners mow the lawns or weed gardens at our residences

Organizational development

  • Committee members assist with operational responsibilities of Mary Centre; we particularly need people with finance, communications, technology, fundraising and human resources skills
  • Board members contribute to the strategic direction and development of Mary Centre; we need individuals who can help us plan and monitor organizational and financial performance and strengthen governance.

As a non-profit organization with limited funding, Mary Centre is grateful for every volunteer and for every hour you spend with us.

If you’re interested in contributing your time and skills to Mary Centre — and enhancing the lives of others — we’d love to talk with you.