We are a non-profit organization that depends on volunteer participation to help increase public awareness and to help those affected by mental illness.

Studies show that regular volunteer activity can have a positive effect on mental and physical health, so we especially encourage those personally affected by mental illness to volunteer. Volunteering can be a satisfying outlet for your talents and interests and provides an opportunity for social contact and interaction. Volunteers are people who donate their time to help out and make a difference in their community. You too can make a difference by becoming a volunteer.

Volunteer of the Month


Meet Gloria!

Gloria has been a volunteer at the Kincardine drop in centre since it started in 2001.  She assisted with programs at the Upper Deck before Kincardine even had its dedicated space.  In 2002, Gloria submitted a name suggestion which was chosen to open the new drop-in centre called “The Dory”.

Over the years Gloria has volunteered to drive members to programs & services run by CMHA. She helps Program Coordinator, Andrew Vaivods with movie nights, office cleaning & organization amoungst other tasks.  She is well known for her fundraising skills in the Spring where she has raised thousands of dollars over the years selling sunflowers to raise the much needed funds for Kincardine programs.

She says, “I’m getting a chance to do what I can, it helps me while helping others. This job is very rewarding to give back.  It improves quality of life for everyone.”

Gloria continues to drive members around on behalf of the organization and assist with programming when she can. Gloria is a beautiful person inside and out. Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce is honoured to recognize Gloria as Volunteer of the Month.  Thank you Gloria!

Who can volunteer?

Typically, individuals must be 18 or older to volunteer in our programs; however, we will try our best to find a valuable opportunity for anyone wanting to get involved/contribute their time… with CMHA. In particular, we encourage people who have experienced a mental illness themselves to volunteer as a way to engage with the community, and provide great inspiration to others. Volunteering is a way to give back to the organization and make a difference.

Why volunteer?

People volunteer for different reasons. Many want to gain experience, acquire new skills, meet new people or expand their network of contacts. Others want to give back to their community, help someone or promote a worthwhile activity. They volunteer because it makes them feel good.

If you’ve ever wondered about the value of supporting CMHA, consider these facts:

  • One in five people will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime.
  • One in eight Canadians will have a condition serious enough to receive hospital care.
  • Canada has one of the highest suicide rates of children and youth under 21 in the world.

What kinds of volunteer opportunities are there?

There are many ways to volunteer. The opportunities available to you will vary depending on the branch or region of CMHA that you get involved with. Volunteering could mean anything from providing bereavement support to people who have lost someone through suicide, to getting involved in fundraising activities like bingo or corporate golf tournaments, to sitting on a board, to providing office support. to working on a special project or program.

How much time does it take?

Positions are available to accommodate just about any schedule, and can be a regular weekly or monthly commitment, or a one-time activity.

How do I become a volunteer?

To begin, you will need to fill out a volunteer application form. [NOTE: Application forms are available from your local CMHA branch.  The information you provide on this application will help us find an opportunity for you that matches your interests. If you are unsure about specific programs you are interested in, or would just like to get more information before applying, then contact us.

We are always searching for skilled and enthusiastic volunteers! Our volunteers play a crucial role in our organization and our community. Without the dedication of volunteers, many programs offered by our local branches would not be possible. We truly appreciate the dedication and initiative of those who unselfishly contribute their time and energy to further our mission.

Volunteer application2016

And mail, fax or deliver it to our downtown administrative office: 1024 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2H7 or Fax to 519-371-6485
For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Abby Drimmie
Phone: 519-371-3642
E-mail: adrimmie [at] cmhagb [dot] org