MISSIVE program

An opportunity for students interested in a career in healthcare

The MISSIVE program at Donald Berman Maimonides

From June 25 to July 19, 2024: 3 days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.

Join the MISSIVE program at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre this summer for an unforgettable and enriching experience offering hands-on experience with healthcare professionals


MISSIVE is a unique summer volunteer program for students aged 17+ who are contemplating a career in a healthcare related profession.

  • 4-week summer program operating three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) offers students plenty of free time for any other commitments
  • Located out of Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Cote Saint Luc; one of the largest long-term care centres in the province at the forefront of long-term care.


  • Hands-on experience in various departments (numerous opportunities in fields such as Nursing, Recreation, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, Risk Management)
  • Attend educational seminars ( workshops, lectures, films)
  • Have the opportunity to work as a member of a dynamic healthcare team


  • Experience working with older adults
  • Career opportunities
  • Development of interpersonal skills
  • New friends and contacts
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Reference letters
  • Certificate of completion


If you would like more information:
514-340-8222 ext. 25983

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.

Would you like more information about volunteering at Maimonides?
Download this manual in PDF format for more information on Maimonides and the Department of Volunteers.

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.

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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