Want to be a Volunteer?
As a Hope Haven Volunteer, you are directly contributing to profound experience for our participants and their families. We could not "Make Hope Happen" without you.
Horse Experience An Asset
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.
Join Our Community
Without volunteers, our specialized 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!
To be a Hope Haven Volunteer, we require:
- You to be at least 16 years of age
- Completed Volunteer Application Form
- Completed Vulnerable Sector Check
- Attending of volunteer orientation and training sessions.
- Proof of full Covid-19 Vaccination
Volunteer Positions Available
At Hope Haven, every position counts and it is not necessary to have experience however, horse handling experience is an asset! Below are examples of some volunteer positions within our Adaptive Riding program which is always our highest need.
Horse Leader: assists the rider in preparing the horse for lessons and may lead the horse during the lesson depending on rider ability. Requires a good deal of walking and sometimes short bouts of jogging with the horse.
Sidewalker: walks beside the horse and rider providing support and stability.
Barn Assist: helps to bring horses in and out, grooming as well as barn cleaning to make the lesson processes go smoothly.
Recreation Therapy Assist: assisting our Recreation Therapist with small group sessions, school group programming and our adult day program. Duties may include helping hands with group games, art projects, equine learning, life skills learning, and a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
Groundskeeping: assists with property management tasks which may include grass cutting, raking, and other season specific chores.
Fundraising: assists with community outreach and event planning.
If you are interested in volunteering, please review the steps to apply on our Volunteer Toolbox page.
**Please inquire about other volunteer positions outside of our lesson programs.
545747 Sideroad 4A, RR #2
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0
Located on Sideroad 4a between
7th Line and 9th Line.
Benoit Dube - Executive Director
Kim Reain - Development Officer
Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist
Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator
Emma Houser - Program Administrator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)
Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)
Heidi Bramson - Instructor (Path Int. CTRI)
Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist
Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager