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The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC) considers volunteers to be an essential part of providing exceptional specialized care primarily for children and youth in our region with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs.

OCTC welcomes students, retirees, people of all abilities and from all walks of life as volunteers. Volunteer applicants are matched with volunteer opportunities based on their experience, interest, and availability.

There is a diverse range of opportunities for volunteers to share their skills, knowledge and time by providing direct service to clients in programs such as the OCTC School or Preschool, or by providing administrative support to staff in areas such as health records.

Most volunteer opportunities are a half day per week, mostly weekdays. After school, evening, and weekend opportunities are occasionally available. As a multi-site agency, OCTC volunteer opportunities are available at sites in Ottawa on Smyth Road, on Thurston Drive, in Kanata, and across our region in Renfrew and Cornwall, as well as other community locations.

How to Become a Volunteer

  1. Contact Louise Meredith, Coordinator of Volunteer Resources & Quality at 613-737-0871, ext. 4300 or to learn about OCTC's current volunteer opportunities and see if something matches your skills and interests.
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application Form and attend a personal interview with the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources.
  3. After a successful interview, you will be asked to provide references, a police records check for service with the vulnerable sector, proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, and results of a two-part tuberculosis skin test. (Please do not proceed with these steps until after you have met with the Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, who can help guide you through this process.)
  4. Participate in an OCTC volunteer orientation session and training specific to your volunteer position, then you are ready to go!

Questions? Need more info? Please call 613-737-0871, ext. 4300.



Every day, OCTC volunteers make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Two volunteers, Jacob-Emmanuel Doyle and Glen Russell, got together to create this showcase of the impact that they and more than 140 OCTC volunteers are making to help the centre further its mission. Watch the video here.

Volunteer Vimeo