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.

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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.

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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!

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To be a Hope Haven Volunteer, we require:

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

(t) 519-986-1247


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

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

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

Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist & Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach

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

Alexis Murray - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in Training)

Laikyn West - Property Manager