Volunteers are important pillars of Mon Sheong and we need your support every step of the way. From serving at our senior care facilities and Chinese school to helping out at our various fundraising activities, our volunteers are essential to all areas of our work. New volunteers are always welcome and we would love to have you join us as part of the Mon Sheong family. If you would like to help out with any of our initiatives, we invite you to share your skills and experience with us. We would be more than happy to provide you with the necessary training to set you up for success.

Volunteer in Mon Sheong booth

We are very grateful to have a strong and dedicated group of volunteers behind our cause, helping us to care for our seniors, ensuring our work goes smoothly, and enabling us to raise the funds we need for our initiatives. Our efforts would not be the same without their commitment and enthusiasm.

Volunteers provide unique value to complement our staff. Particularly for our seniors, it makes a big difference knowing that someone willingly comes in to spend time with them and enrich their lives. Brightening up the days of the elderly can be very a fulfilling experience; now that they are older, it is our turn to give back and serve them as they once served us.

You can also join us as a way to meet new people and represent the Chinese Canadian community. We make sure to recognize our volunteers who make a meaningful impact, regularly submitting nominations for the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, and showing them our appreciation through a wide range of activities.

Volunteer playing chess with a senior resident

At Mon Sheong, we have three primary areas where you can make a difference:

Resident Care: Put a smile on our seniors’ faces by interacting directly with them at our long-term care homes, adult day program, private care service, or Mon Sheong Court senior apartments; apply below to be a Resident Care volunteer

Events: Be a part of our signature events, ensure our activities go smoothly, perform at one of our senior care facilities, and more

Chinese School: Help our teachers organize the classroom at our regular campuses or annual summer camp

Volunteering Opportunities resized

The first step to joining us as a Resident Care volunteer is by filling out an application either in person or online. You will then be contacted to set up an interview. Upon a successful interview, you will attend a general orientation session as well as any required in-house orientations to receive the specialized training you need according to your assigned function.

Before being placed, our Resident Care and Chinese School volunteers must pass a police background check and medical check to ensure the safety of our seniors and students. Resident Care volunteers must be 18 years old or older to serve at one of our facilities.

Please apply as a volunteer below, or email michellekwan@monsheong.org for more details.

Become a volunteer crop

The Mon Sheong Foundation Chinese School is currently looking for volunteers to assist in Chinese School programs for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Volunteer Position: Teaching Assistant

Duration: September 2019 – June 2020

Dates and Times:

  • Markham Campus: 8:50am -11:00am and/or 11:10am – 1:20pm (Saturdays)
  • Richmond Hill Campus: 8:50am -11:00am and/or 11:10am – 1:20pm (Saturdays)
  • North York Campus: 6:20pm – 8:30pm (Fridays)

Campus Locations:

  • Markham Campus: P. E. Trudeau High School, 90 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham
  • Richmond Hill Campus: H.G. Bernard Public School, 245 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill
  • North York Campus: Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, North York

Number of Hours: 3 Hrs/Week


  • Assist teachers in classroom activities
  • Assist with school activities
  • Enforce school policies
  • Regular commitment required


  • Open to students Grade 9 and up and adults
  • Able to speak Cantonese or Mandarin
  • Have enthusiasm in working with children

Typical Volunteer Procedure:

  • Filling out an application form
  • Interviewing with our volunteer coordinator

Limited volunteer positions are available, so please email michellekwan@monsheong.org at your earliest convenience as we would love to provide you with more details and have you on-board!


Every November, the Cathay Ball stands as the pinnacle of Mon Sheong Foundation’s fundraising efforts. The dazzling gala is a grand evening of spectacular entertainment, elegant dancing, and sumptuous dining. It is home to the popular special draw and a silent auction filled with fine items and collectibles. The Cathay Ball brings together over a thousand guests including corporations, sponsors, professionals, and government officials to enjoy an extravagant evening – all for the purpose of benefitting Mon Sheong Foundation’s charitable initiatives. This grand program cannot run without the help of hundreds of volunteers. We need your help to bring Cathay Ball to life. Join Mon Sheong and be a part of the movement by volunteering with us!

Below are the event date, different roles and responsibilities you can volunteer for:


Annual Mon Sheong Cathay Ball 2019 “Symphony of Lights”

Date: Saturday November 2, 2019
Time: (Nov 2) 1 p.m. to (Nov 3) 12:30 a.m.
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building,
222 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Orientation: Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mon Sheong Scarborough Long-Term Care Centre

ALL volunteers on this day will be assigned to the specific teams listed below: 

Team Job Description
Silent Auction Responsible for supporting the silent auction area. They will be in charge of setting up the auction items, promoting and closing the auction.
Registration & Cashier Responsible for registering guests and providing guests their table numbers during registration.
1.      After silent auction closes, volunteers will serve as cashiers to assist guests with their silent auction purchases.
2.      Line Controller: Greet guests to the next available registration/cashier counter.
Greeters  & Ushers Responsible for creating a welcoming a warm atmosphere while, providing exceptional customer services to leave our guests with lasting impressions.
Responsible for directing guests.
Hall Team Assist with setting up the dining hall, leading guests to their tables, and ensuring the smooth flow of the event inside the dining hall.
Production/Runners Provide support for behind-the-scenes or on-stage tasks.
Photographer Assistants Accompany their assigned lead photographer and provide assistance whenever required.
Social Media & Hashtag Photo Booth Assistants Assist guests with taking photographs and promoting the Hashtag Photo Booth to boost social media impressions.
Special Draw & Prize Room Promote and sell special draw tickets and assist guests to claim prizes.

Volunteer requirements:

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Good communication and listening skill
  • Mature and responsible
  • Required to stand and walk for the duration of their shift
  • Dress code in effect

How to apply:
Please go to https://cathayball.monsheong.org/volunteer/ and complete the online application form.

For more information, please contact Willa Tam, Volunteer Coordinator, at willatam@monsheong.org or 905-883-9288 ext. 3022.

We are looking for 20 volunteers to help Family Fun Day at Mon Sheong Home for the Aged in Downtown Toronto! It is a great opportunity to interact with our residents and assist them to participate in fun games!

Date: Sunday October 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Mon Sheong Home for the Aged
36 D’Arcy Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1J7

Job Duties:

  • Set up game booths
  • Assist and encourage residents to participant in game booths including explaining the instructions
  • Serve food
  • Crowd control
  • Clean up


  • Knowledge of Mandarin and/or Cantonese

How to Apply:

If you are interested in being our D’Arcy Family Fun Day Volunteers, please fill out your information below and reply to willatam@monsheong.org by Friday October 18th, 2019.

Phone number:

Please quote ‘Event – Family Fun Day Volunteer’ in the subject line when applying. (Note: Your email must include a subject line to avoid your email going to our junk mail folder.)

For more information, please contact Willa Tam, Volunteer Coordinator, at willatam@monsheong.org or 905-883-9288 ext. 3022.