Volunteering at Honour House
Volunteering can be a rewarding way of using your spare time to help those who work tirelessly to protect us and the ones we love. We have a fantastic team of volunteers but we could always use a few more helping hands. Help us at our fundraising events, greet our guests as they arrive at the house or just come and cut the lawn. There are so many different things that you can do to help us to help our heroes. It’s up to you. Just complete our volunteer application form here and we’ll be in touch.
Looking for a Career in the Military or Emergency Services?
Volunteering at Honour House can also be a valuable step towards beginning a career in Fire Fighting, Policing, Emergency Medicine and the Military. All of these employers look very favourably at prospective employees who have spent any time volunteering. At Honour House you’ll often meet and help serving and retired members of the Military and Emergency Services communities. You’ll also work alongside other volunteers who are trying to begin a similar career to you and many of our existing volunteers are either serving or retired members themselves.
How to Apply
To volunteer at Honour House you must be over 16 years of age and, following an interview, you must provide a criminal record check. You will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Meet Some of our Volunteers
Here’s an introduction to just a few of our awesome volunteers.
Ted is a retired New Westminster Police Officer and also a retired Major from the Canadian Forces Reserve, Cadet Instructors Cadre. He’s a life member of The Royal Westminster Regiment Association and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ted’s family have lived in New Westminster for over 100 years and he’s always been someone who has had a desire to give back to his community and the Canadian 125th, Queen’s Golden & Diamond medals that have been awarded to him are proof of that. Ted says “I was looking for an organization to get involved with as a volunteer and Honour House seemed to be such a wonderful place. The fact that they do so much to help the men and women that I’ve been proud to serve alongside was the deciding factor when I chose to join them and offer my support.”
Dianne began her Navy career in Vancouver, based at HMCS Discovery in Stanley Park. From there she moved to Hochelga, Montreal, Digby, Nova Scotia and finally on to Halifax. Dianne has sailed on minesweepers, submarines, destroyers and aircraft carriers during her service. She remembers going to full alert during the Cuban missile crisis and when JFK was assassinated. She loved her time in the Navy. “It was the greatest experience of my life” says Dianne “I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, I learned so much about life in general and I definitely left the services a better and stronger person”.
At Honour House, our volunteers come from all sorts of different backgrounds. Many of them offer to help due to the special connection that they already have with our guests. One of these volunteers is Phil Rodukoff. Phil served with the Second Cavalry Regiment, Royal Australian Armoured Corps and did two tours of duty in Iraq. He’s now a permanent resident here in BC and he’s currently training to become a firefighter. Phil says “I just want to give back a little to my adopted country and volunteering allows me to give back directly to the folks that have my utmost respect. Having served myself, I can appreciate what people sometimes have to go through and seeing them being helped out here at Honour House can be a very rewarding experience for me.”
Lifelong New Westminster resident Dylan Myers began volunteering at Honour House just over a year ago and he’s become indispensable and highly regarded ever since. At 24 Dylan currently works for the City of New Westminster and his ambition is to become a full time firefighter. “My family have lived in New Westminster for over one hundred years and I love working right here in my own community. I always feel that I can do more and becoming a firefighter would be a way that I could give back directly to the city that’s helped to raise me” says Dylan.
New Westminster resident, Rob Bryson served with the BC Sheriff’s Service for over 31 years. He joined in 1974 when the organization was in its infancy. He acted as a Deputy Sheriff at all levels of BC’s court system and thoroughly enjoyed his long career serving the Province. “I’ve always had an interest in the history of our Military and Law Enforcement and after spending my life as a Sheriff, my respect and admiration for those who’ve served has inspired me to spend my retirement volunteering and giving back.” says Rob.