At Hope Haven, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a profound difference in the lives of children and adults with unique needs

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No Experience Needed

As a Hope Haven Volunteer, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a profound and life-altering difference for children and adults with emotional, physical or intellectual challenges. It is not necessary to have experience – we will train you. We offer ongoing training and support for all of our volunteers.  We encourage our volunteers to keep asking questions and continue learning.

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We Need You

Without volunteers, our equestrian programs could not operate. We value your time, commitment and enthusiasm! We hope that you will find volunteering with us to be satisfying and rewarding. We are always open to suggestions to make Hope Haven the best that it can be!

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To be a Hope Haven Volunteer, we require:

Volunteer Positions Available

At Hope Haven, we have a wide variety of volunteer positions available. Every position counts and it is not necessary to have experience – we will train you! If you see a position you are interested in and would like more information, please email volunteer@hopehavencentre.org.

Volunteering in Lessons

Leader: assists the rider in preparing the horse for lessons and may lead the horse during the lesson.

Side Walker: walks beside the horse and rider providing support and stability.

Horsemanship Helper: assist our clients with an Instructor to groom, lead and care for a horse.

Special Olympics Assistant Coach: assist our athletes achieve their competition goals as a leader, side walker and/or assistant.

Special Interest Group Activities

Herd Buddy: Help us take care of our horses by grooming them, performing health checks and loving them!

Trail Team: Assist our Equine Manager by taking our hard working lesson horses on trail rides. Riders must be approved by the Equine Manager to join the trail team.

Activity Assistants: Help out with our school groups and other special interest groups facilitating alternate activities both indoors and out. These could include scavenger hunts, hikes, snowshoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, yoga and more.



Barn & Property Helper assists with a variety of chores including general barn clean-up, feeding/watering horses, spring clean-up, trail maintenance, gardening, and paddock cleaning.

Handyperson assists with servicing our equipment.

Carpenter helps with general maintenance and projects around the farm and property.

Landscaper helps us to manage various landscape projects (design and/or execution).

Administrative Volunteer Activities

Special Events Volunteers assist with fundraising and other special events that occur both onsite and offsite.

Amateur or Professional Photographer for onsite and offsite activities. (Also great for photography students looking for experience!)


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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Benoit Dube - Executive Director

Barb Sheperd - Development Officer

Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist

Brooke North - Interim Volunteer Coordinator

Emma Houser - Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI)

Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI)

Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI)

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

Shannon Speer - Recreation Therapist

Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager