Our volunteers are critical for us to deliver our mission. We rely on volunteers to help in the governance of our board, advocating for patients and running our initiatives.

By volunteering with Open Arms, you’ll get to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families across the province.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society!

Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas:

Join our Board of Directors

There are a variety of positions on the Board that manage and implement the OA’s mission. Our Board of Directors create significant impact through their governing the long-term strategy of OA.

Become an Advocate

Advocates work closely with individuals who are experiencing difficulties with their health care.It is very fulfilling to guide patients in times of need. We provide training to volunteers and support their efforts along the way.

Volunteer at our Events

We hold fundraising events throughout the year. Event volunteers allow us to seamlessly host these events to meet our organization objectives.

Current Opportunities

Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society requires at least a one to two year commitment depending on the role. The amount of time you give is entirely dependent on your desire to make a difference; this may be a few hours a week, fortnight, or month!

Learn about the volunteer roles we’re looking for below. To apply, please complete our online volunteer form.

Didn’t see a volunteer role that matches what you’re looking for? Complete our online volunteer form and share a bit more about you!

Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society is currently recruiting for a Marketing Chair to join our board and lead our marketing team! We are a non-profit Alberta organization who advocates with families and patients to help them obtain information where unanswered questions may remain with respect to their treatment within the health system.

Marketing Chair/Director Duties:

  • Accountable for the successful management of marketing planning, implementation and evaluation of marketing strategies and programs to ensure they support the targets, goals and objectives of the societies strategic plans.
  • Lead a team of 2 volunteers and grow it to help the marketing initiatives of the organizations
  • Manage the development and evaluation of marketing strategies ensuring that the society objectives are supported.
  • Establish program and planning direction, vendor and agency relationships, and offer recommendations.
  • Provide expert advice and maintenance concerning marketing options such as Facebook, Web design, Instagram, etc.
  • Establish a monitoring system to evaluate the impact of implementation and adjust as required.
  • Determine and implement all marketing tools such as image, logo, banner, website, and communication materials.

Apply by completing our form below!

Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society is currently recruiting for a Finance Director/Treasurer.  We are a not for profit Alberta organization who advocates with families and patients to help them obtain information where unanswered questions may remain with respect to their treatment within the health system.

The Finance Director/Treasurer duties include:

  • Maintain and prepare all required financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Entering transactions through Quickbooks Online.
  • Annual Alberta Gaming Liquor Cannabis (AGLC ) Reporting on the Use of Proceeds.
  • Manage all bank accounts and ensure the transactions are appropriate to the approved expenses.
  • Deposit all moneys; be the primary bank account contact and signing authority.
  • Ensure gaming accounts are in accordance with AGLC expectations.
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Pay all expenses as designed and ensure suppliers are reimbursed in a timely manner.
  • Ensure financial statements are audited by a jointly approved and qualified auditor, once per year (according to Open Arms bylaws).
  • Prepare and present audited year- end financial reports for Annual General Meeting.
  • Collect and deposit all revenues.
  • Provide the Board with financial management advice for the long- and short-term feasibility of the organization.

Are you caring, empathetic, compassionate and looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of others?

Open Arms Patient Advocacy Society is currently recruiting for Patient Advocates to join our team! We are a not for profit Alberta organization who advocates with families and patients to help them obtain information where unanswered questions may remain with respect to their treatment within the health system.

As a patient advocate you will assist and support clients and families who have a medical complaint due to issues experienced within the health system. You will provide advice and assistance to them in finding honest and transparent answers from Alberta Health Services or the applicable governing body. You will work with committee members to facilitate change in government policy to ensure that everyone is given adequate attention and excellent care when experiencing health concerns. This position provides the flexibility for an individual to set their own hours; training will be provided for this position and the volunteer will be supported by an experienced team of Patient Advocates. An ideal candidate will be looking to make an impact in their community, and enjoy working with a
diverse group of people. They will be self-motivated, empathetic and caring and willing to be part of an organization dedicated and driven to making a difference in people’s lives.
The Patient Advocate will need to be available at least once a week during the day hours in order to attend physician meetings with their clients if needed.

To apply, please fill out our volunteer intake form below.


Volunteer Application Form

The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who you are.

― Johnnetta B. Cole

Thank You Open Arms Volunteers!

The Value of One, The Power of Many