Volunteers play a critical role in helping the CHEO Foundation support the important work being done at CHEO. In addition to having a great time in your volunteer role, you will also meet new people, discover skills you never knew you had, all while helping support CHEO’s doctors, nurses and staff as they work to let every CHEO patient live their best life.

Volunteers help out in so many ways. From general office support and helping out at CHEO Foundation special events, to donning the CHEO Bear mascot costume to the delight of kids and families.

Of note, all new volunteers are asked to submit a Police Records Check. For more information visit the Ottawa Police Services website.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available at the CHEO Foundation:

CN Cycle Volunteers

The CN Cycle for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive event that offers a wide range of cycling (15K, 35K, 70K) and walking (2K, 5K) routes for people of all ages and abilities while raising funds for kids with cancer. Our fully-supported urban cycling routes will be closed to traffic and will offer a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and families to safely cycle along Ottawa’s most scenic corridors.

Various volunteer roles are available.

To learn more, visit www.cncycle.ca

Teddy Bears’ Picnic Volunteer

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has become a family tradition unlike any other as kids, parents, and grandparents alike all head to the Governor General’s residence at Rideau Hall for a day of family activities. Volunteers are needed to help us thank the community for their unwavering support.

Learn more about becoming a Teddy Bears’ Picnic Volunteer.



RBC Race for the Kids Volunteer

The RBC Race for the Kids is a 2K, 5K and 10K all terrain walk/run event in support of youth mental health programs at CHEO. All of the closed courses make their way through beautiful Wesley Clover Parks – an innovative, four-season outdoor recreation and learning hub located in the National Capital Greenbelt that encircles the City of Ottawa.

Various volunteer roles are available.

To learn more, visit rbcr4tkottawa.ca

Volunteering for the Hospital

Volunteer opportunities for the Hospital are not managed by the CHEO Foundation. Please visit the website: www.cheo.on.ca for further information on volunteering within the Hospital.


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Upcoming CHEO Events

There are so many different events that happen in support of CHEO and for that we are most grateful. Please check out our special events calendar so you can join us and help make a difference. Feel free to become involved as a volunteer or organize your own event.

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