Volunteer Information

"This is my happy place"

Jo-Anne, volunteer at Hope Haven since 2020


New Volunteer Onboarding
We hope to make your onboarding informative and interesting. We will provide all the training required; and rest assured, we will walk you through all steps so that you are equipped!


General Volunteer Guidelines

Barn Directives
Our Programs may include group lessons and lessons requiring side walkers so there may be many volunteers, participants and horses to coordinate for each lesson. Barn directives ensure a focused, calm and safe environment.

Lesson Letter Coding
Each of our lessons are assigned a letter code A,B,C or D referring to the rider classifications in a specific lesson. These codes allow you as a volunteer to know in advance what is expected during each lesson.

Horse Handler Certification Program

All volunteers can participate in the Horse Handler Certification Program created to deepen horse handling knowledge. There are 4 levels to choose from depending on your experience and desire to learn more about our equine friends.

Volunteer Certification Program


Thank you for being part of our amazing volunteer community! If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hopehavencentre.org. Here's to seeing you in the barn!


545747 Sideroad 4A, RR #2
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

(t) 519-986-1247


Located on Sideroad 4a between
7th Line and 9th Line.

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Ian Hayes - Executive Director

Robyn Allen - Director of Operations & Physiotherapist

Kim Reain - Director of Events & Community Outreach

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator

Emma Houser - Program Administrator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)

Danielle Caswell - Head Instructor & Equine Manager (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)

Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)

Shannon Speer - Recreation Coordinator (RT, EAPDC)

Gretel Stanish - Instructor (Path Int. CTRI, EAPDC)

Alexis Murray - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in training, Path Int. CTRI in training)

Dana Van Den Bergh - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in training, Path Int. CTRI in training)

Laikyn West - Property Manager