Volunteers are the foundation of Ancoura’s activities. They are the lifeblood that keeps the organization going. Volunteers are needed for many different types of activities and varying time commitments, some occasional related to a particular project, some more long-term, some requiring special skills. The following volunteer list gives specific examples of our needs. This list is not comprehensive but hopefully it will assist potential volunteers to match their interests, time availability and skills with specific needs and activities.

To volunteer, contact Virginia Junker at 613-233-8130 or virginia@ancoura.ca.

Visiting Volunteers

Each Ancoura home has a team of resident visitors (about five per home) who form a group of friends for our residents. They often assist residents with daily tasks, such as shopping and cooking; go together for coffee and walks; visit museums and engage in other social activities and community events. The friendships that develop between residents and volunteers are a rich and vital aspect of Ancoura’s community.  Generally, these visitors are asked to commit to at least one year as a visiting volunteer. Ancoura offers a basic training program for visiting volunteers.

Please note that all Ancoura volunteers are required to provide a police records check.

We can also use handy persons who could provide basic repairs and maintenance (the landlord does major maintenance and repairs).

Board of Directors

The board meets monthly at a time convenient to board directors. Board terms are two years open to renewal. Many directors also serve on a committee. We would benefit having on the board, or as a consultant: a lawyer, accountant, bookkeeper, real estate agent, fundraiser, someone with experience organizing volunteers.

Ancoura is a registered, not-for-profit, charity in Ottawa that provides permanent, affordable housing, social supports and community for adults living with mental illness. You can read more about us here: http://ancoura.ca/site/

As a board member for Ancoura you will prepare for and actively participate at monthly board meetings, join a committee, participate in fundraising, and be an ambassador for Ancoura in the community.

The ideal candidate would have previous experience volunteering for a not-for profit organization as a board member or in a leadership role; fundraising and/or sales and marketing experience; and great communication skills. Legal experience is also an asset.  Experience with the mental health community is an asset.

Time Commitment: The Board term is two years open to renewal.

Please reply by email with your CV and cover letter: admin@ancoura.ca

Visiting Volunteer

Are you looking for a rewarding role with an organization that serves adults with mental illness in Ottawa?

ANCOURA is a small not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 2007, dedicated to providing stable homes and social support for adults living with mental illness. We currently operate six homes, with three residents in each home and a group of 4-5 volunteers at each home as a circle of friends. We are a volunteer-based organization with a small professional staff. For more information about Ancoura check our website at www.ancoura.ca.

Location: Ottawa, ON

For more information about this gratifying role, check out the position description below.

Visiting Volunteer Position Description


Executive Committee

Acts on behalf of the board during interim times between board meetings, dealing with strategic decisions, human resources, policies, and any ad hoc issues that are outside the mandate of other committees and best dealt with by the Executive Committee.

Finance Committee

Advises and assists the board on financial matters including review of monthly and yearly financial statements, recommendation of the annual budget, and oversight of internal financial procedures as they arise.


Responsible for the communication tools that Ancoura uses to make ourselves known.  These include our brochure, newsletter, website, annual report, Facebook and Twitter.  Occasionally, the committee prepares PowerPoint presentations and videos.

Volunteer Recruitment

Contacting various organizations to inform them about Ancoura and to solicit volunteers, furniture, donations and other forms of support. These organizations include faith communities, service clubs, colleges and universities, and agencies with a mandate in the area of mental health.


Plans, organizes and carries out activities needed for social events such as the Christmas party, summer barbecue and annual general meeting.

Fundraising Committee

Provides broad oversight and leadership for Ancoura’s fundraising efforts, including donations from individuals and organizations, grants, and the annual fundraising dinner.

Willing to be Called when Specific Tasks Arise

We also need volunteers who are available for specific tasks, but do not wish to be part of a committee, e.g. helping arrange social activities, helping with moving.

Thank you!

Ancoura is grateful for the dedicated involvement of our volunteers.
They are the the foundation of Ancoura’s activities and the lifeblood that keeps the organization going.