Volunteer Opportunities: Connect With Your Community
Why do so many choose to give back to BFOYR?
Hear from some of our volunteers:
"In 2006 my daughter Jocelyn, at age 21, was killed in a car accident caused by a distracted driver who ran into the back of her car and pushed the car into the path of an oncoming bus. In the darkest moments of grief I was introduced to BFOYR and joined a group of people who had faced the loss of a child. This was a Godsend as finally I could talk to people who understood such a devastating loss and the sheer magnitude of the grief. In 2011 I felt that giving back was really important as BFOYR has saved me and my marriage, which was made more complex by my wife being Jocelyn's step-mother. I went through the training course and since then have run full grief sessions as well as supported a number of drop in sessions. Each time I meet other people, in the early stages of this Journey of Grief, I am reminded of the hopelessness we felt in our early stages. Each session I do continues to help my journey.Had it not been for BFOYR and the volunteers who helped us we would not be where we are today. Thank you to all who volunteer and help."
-H. John Wild~ BFOYR volunteer
"When our son, Liam, was murdered in 2005, Bereaved Families of York Region played an indispensable role in assisting my husband and me to cope. BFOYR nurtured our will to continue, our strength to endure. Ultimately the assistance, which we received, inspired our interest to give back.
Without caring support, including empathetic and validating comfort, the vulnerable and broken in our society can fall right through the cracks - often unable to rise again to reclaim their roles as active, participating members of society.
Fortunately the 8-week groups are loss-specific. In our case, the group was for child-loss, and the two trained volunteers facilitating were bereaved parents themselves.
By 2008, I was strengthened sufficiently (in my grief-journey) to enroll through BFOYR for facilitator training. I anticipated that by giving back to others; I would regain faith and meaning in my own life.
Volunteering here has been a continuing gift."
-Liam’s mom, Gwendolyn Broadmore
Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization who give their time and energy in many different ways from our development, organizing and delivering all of our programs/services and events. We celebrate and give thanks to our 90+ volunteers who are the heart and foundation of BFOYR!
For any of the positions below, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it to the designated contact person below.
Open Volunteer Positions
Grief Support Volunteer
Facilitator Training for Direct Support Volunteers happens in the fall and the spring.
Purpose: To provide BFOYR clients with one-on-one and group facilitation support
Professional Advisory Committee
The Professional Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly, not including the summer months.
Purpose: To create a vision for the future of BFO and augment the self-help model of BFO with professional expertise in the area of bereavement.
For any inquiries about the opportunities above please contact Christine below:
Purpose: to assist with planning, organizing and volunteer on the day of events
Board of Directors
Purpose: To deliver our mission and vision throughout the communities we serve.
Bereaved Families of Ontario ~ York Region was incorporated in 1991, and we continue to be recognized as a leader amongst businesses and the community at large in the provision of bereavement support to children, adults, families and individuals in need. We are looking for caring and compassionate people and invite you to consider becoming part of this growing organization.
This commitment entails:
attending 10 Board meetings September-June;
being part of the development of policy and major decision making activities and initiatives;
being active in planning and implementing funding strategies; and
being participatory in the identification and development of community partners and strategic alliances
For any inquiries about the Board of Directors opportunity please contact Executive Director,