The role of the Department of Volunteer Services is to improve the quality of life and the emotional well-being of the resident. Hundreds of volunteers give almost 30,000 hours of their time on an annual basis and are involved in all areas of the Centre where they play a vital role in enhancing the therapeutic milieu. As part of an interdisciplinary team, the department keeps abreast of the needs and concerns of the residents and their families. Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre honours the hundreds of multicultural volunteers (from 11 years old to ninety years young) whose compassion and commitment has made a difference in the lives of our residents.

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Download this manual in PDF format for more information on Maimonides and the Department of Volunteers.

To join Maimonides as a volunteer, please call 514-483-2121 and speak with Patti Derstenfeld (ext. 2213) or Roz Friend (ext. 2204). You can also submit your request using our online registration form.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Services: Patti Derstenfeld – 514-483-2121 ext. 2213

Email address:  patti.derstenfeld@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

“Dining Assistance” program

Assist residents to eat and socialize at mealtime.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 hour compulsory training provided. Choice of Lunch or Supper any day of the week.   Minimum commitment one meal per week.

  • Lunch – 11:25- 1:45 p.m.
  • Dinner – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Summer Actvities

Fiestas : Tuesdays 1-3:30 p.m.

Garden Parties: Mondays 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

BBQs and Pizza lunches: Fridays 11a.m. – 1:30

Outings: Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Volunteer Visiting

Spend 1-2 hours per week visiting with individual residents.


Assist Therapeutic Recreation staff with a Bingo game on Saturdays 1-3

Pet Visiting

If you have a lovable pet, you can visit together in residents’ rooms minimum 1x weekly.

Music Animation

Assist resident participation with music animator on unit

  • Thursday 10 a.m. - noon

Piano Lobby Concerts

Play our Baby Grand piano in the lobby – Flexible schedule weekdays between 10-3:30 p.m.


Read to residents.  Flexible schedule

Games with residents

Socialize and play card games, dominos, chess and board games with residents.

  • Mid- afternoons weekdays - weekends

Dental Clinic

Accompany residents to receive dental treatment (in the Centre)

  • Fridays 8:30 a.m. - till 12:15 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.

Coffee Shop Cashier

Volunteer cashiers needed in our coffee shop.

Weekday shifts:  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Training provided.

Bring residents to Synagogue Services

  • Saturday 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday Family Concert

Accompany residents to large entertainment event on site.

  • 1:30-4:00 p.m.

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