​National Volunteer Week: Honouring those who donate their time at The Princess Margaret


(Healing Beyond the Body volunteer and cancer survivor Gillian Grant)

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre relies on hundreds of selfless and passionate volunteers who donate their time to assist patients and staff every day.

To mark National Volunteer Week, April 7 – 13, we are featuring two incredible volunteers who work with the Healing Beyond the Body (HBB) program at the Cancer Centre.

Gillian Grant is a cancer survivor who wanted to give back to the hospital that saved her life and thought the HBB program would be a perfect fit. 

The program, generously supported by CIBC, aims to reduce the negative impact of cancer on patients and their supporters while addressing the mental, emotional, social, interpersonal and practical needs of people living with the disease. 

"The power of the Healing Beyond the Body program really is hope, and hope is the fuel in this place. I have been witness to the power and strength of the human spirit and the fact that people have more strength and wisdom than they know," says Gillian.

Jai Singh also volunteers with the program and says he was interested in working with the HBB program because it focuses on the patient as a whole.

“It is incredibly unique … it is very  much considerate of a patient’s psychological and emotional needs. Often times we think of cancer as almost purely a physical thing …  but there’s so much behind the scenes, there’s so much after the patient leaves the doctor’s room or is just about to go in,” says Singh.

Learn more about how you can become a volunteer at The Princess Margaret or other UHN sites here