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Groves Hospital Volunteer Association (GHVA)

Groves Hospital Volunteer Association is privileged to have volunteers supporting our patients, families, and staff in the hospital and at our owned and operated thrift store – New to You. This committed group of community-minded individuals are an integral part of the Groves family. They work alongside our staff, patients and families, providing supplementary patient services/support and provide financial support for capital projects.

In 2023 GHVA celebrates 90 years of dedicated service to support the Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Fergus, Ontario.

Each volunteer brings their unique life experience and skills to their volunteer role and we have something to suit everybody. We value the contributions and services our volunteers provide to enrich the lives of others and we strive to make their volunteer experience a positive one. Come join our amazing team!

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About GHVA

The Groves Hospital Volunteer Association (GHVA) volunteers have been actively assisting Groves Memorial Community Hospital with providing the best patient care since 1933.  

Each individual brings their unique life experiences and skills to the work of the Association.  Every member is valued and recognized for the contribution they make to the hospital, working to enrich the lives of others in our community in countless ways.

Currently we have 173 active members supporting GHVA. 

In 2022 alone our volunteers contributed 18,400 hours towards meeting our goals and this making this a truly local community charity organization. Thank you to all our volunteers for their dedication and contribution to GHVA in 2022 and over the years. We could not do it without you.

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to help support Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

For a brief history of GHVA, click here.

MISSION: Groves Hospital Volunteer Association supports Groves Memorial Community Hospital through its volunteer programs and services.

VISION: Excellence in service through volunteerism.

VALUES: Compassion; Commitment; Cooperation; Competence; Confidentiality.


The Groves Hospital Volunteer Association (GHVA) is the proud recipient of the 2018 Community Social Responsibility Award. 

The award is presented by the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce to an individual, group, organization or business that has displayed hard work and dedication to bettering our community. It is the second time GHVA has won the Community Social Responsibility Award.

Volunteer Board

Groves Hospital Volunteer Association is represented by a self-governing Board.

The President of the Volunteer Association has a voting seat on the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Board of Directors.

Our current Board Members are as follows:

Position Name
President Linda Benallick
Past President Howard Dobson
Director, Corporate Secretary Shelley-Ann Morgan
Director, Treasurer Ken Steffler
Chair, Business Development Ken Steffler
Director, Governance Lili Cretu
Director, Human Resources  Don Kidd
Director at Large Mike Brown
Director at Large Gloria Shoon
Director at Large Raj Arora
Director at Large Dale Murray
Director at Large Renee Charbonneau-Smith

Ex-Officio Members are as follows:

Position Name
GMCH Board Chair Gilles Madore
Chief HR Officer, Wellington Health Care Alliance  Sarah Sheppard


Recent Projects

GHVA Bursary

Groves Hospital Volunteer Association is committed to providing financial assistance to eligible Grade 12 students at participating schools continuing post secondary education in the health-care field and are residents of the service area of Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

Currently, bursaries are awarded to a maximum of six (6)  students annually.  The eligible recipients will be announced by June 1 and will each receive $1,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of the service area of Groves Memorial Community Hospital
  • Be a Grade 12 student attending one of Centre Wellington District High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School,  St. James Catholic High School, Emmanuel Christian High School, or St. John's Kilmarnock School.
  • Be accepted by a university, college or recognized school in a health-related field of study.

Bursary Application Forms:

Application forms can be picked up from the participating high schools, the Volunteer Office located in the Groves Hospital Gift Shop and at the New to You store in Fergus. Or, please click here to access the form.

How to Submit

Completed bursary application forms can be scanned and emailed