Interested in Volunteering at DGH?

We are happy to have you join our Auxiliary!

Click here for the registration form. Email it to or return it to the DGH Gift Shoppe. For more information leave a message at 902-465-8534.

About the Auxiliary

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Our Mission

The Nova Scotia Health Authority, Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary (DGHA), is a not for profit volunteer support service organization whose membership is dedicated to enriching the level of patient care, comfort and caring of patients and families at the Dartmouth General Hospital and within the Dartmouth General Hospital community. The DGH Auxiliary provides a resource not available through the government health care system.

Volunteers in Action

Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary members are dedicated individuals who care about our hospital and our community. They contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways and have been raising and contributing funds for the benefit of the Dartmouth General Hospital's patients and families since 1973. To date, the Auxiliary, through various fundraising events organized by its members, has contributed more than 1.72 million dollars to the Dartmouth General Hospital. This is their way of enriching their lives by volunteering their time to serve others in the community. Our Volunteers volunteer in a variety of quality programs and receive excellent training.

Why Volunteer?

Auxiliary volunteers achieve personal growth by:

  • Helping others
  • Connecting with people
  • Learning transferable skills
  • Feeling a sense of accomplishment
  • Enjoying social gatherings 

Auxiliary volunteers are provided with:

  • A choice of programs
  • Orientation and training
  • Staff support
  • References
  • An opportunity to give feedback
  • Parking
  • A smoke free and scent free environment

Types of Volunteer Programs are Offered:

The Auxiliary serves the Hospital in a variety of ways designed to meet specific patient needs and comfort. These include:

Gift Shoppe Night Lunches (evening hours)
Gift Shoppe Cart Friendly Visitor Volunteer
Information Desk - Main Lobby Diagnostic Imaging (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Information Desk - Emergency Department Pre-admission Clinic/ Day Surgery
Menu Delivery (afternoon hours) Library

The Organization

The Auxiliary has over 134 members who volunteer and actively contribute to the Auxiliary’s many fundraising projects. The Auxiliary operates with a working board of eight executives who oversee its operation and many active volunteers who serve on several committees to accomplish the goals of the auxiliary.

Volunteeer Membership

Membership is open to everyone. The Auxiliary can benefit from your participation, your ideas and support. Whatever your talent may be - crafts, gardening, organization, innovative thinking, business acumen, enthusiasm, or just a willingness to help others - we need you! Whether exploring a new career, giving back to the community, volunteers play an important role in the quality of care provided at the Dartmouth General Hospital.

Auxiliary's Past Accomplishments:

Since 1977, all monies raised have been donated to the Dartmouth General Hospital to purchase items which would not ordinarily be available through the budget: primarily for hospital expansion and the purchase of medical equipment. To date, we can proudly say our Auxiliary has contributed over $1,720,000 million dollars in pledges to the DGH Hospital Foundation. We have recently completed our financial obligation to the Foundation to fund a series of movable security walls purchased for the DGH Emergency Department which provide greater security, privacy and cleanliness for the patients on site. We are also currently fundraising to complete our latest pledge of $125,000.00 over a three-year period to fund a Sim Man “High Fidelity Simulation and Medical Training Robot” for the DGH. The President of the Auxiliary continues to sit as a voting member on the board of the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation.

The Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary's impressive physical presence as part of the DGH team, and the many volunteer hours they contributed to Hospital services, is equally matched by their very significant financial contributions to the Hospital. Our members are extremely proud of our Auxiliary’s achievements over the years. Their personal commitment to volunteering in our community has made this all of this possible.

For further information contact the DGH Auxiliary Office at 902-465-8534