Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 106
  • March 16, 2016 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speakers: Ann Munro Heesters, Director of Bioethics, University Health Network, Chair, Rehabilitation Science and Medicine Research Ethics Board, TRI; and Debbie Talbot, Manager, Volunteer Resources, University Health Network

A desire to help others, or to foster a sense of community, can be a powerful motivation for a volunteer. But noble aspirations need to be appropriately managed or they can have unexpected and undesirable consequences. The speakers, an experienced volunteer manager and UHN’s Director of Bioethics, have been reflecting for some time on the many ways that caring people can drift across the invisible lines that distinguish desirable and damaging behaviour. Examples vary in their detail but they tend to cluster around some common themes. This session will introduce the group to some principles of volunteer management, present illustrative cases, and offer an ethical framework for organizing and understanding common “boundary issues.” The speakers believe that their collaboration over the past five years has been very fruitful and points to area that warrants greater attention than it typically receives in healthcare organizations.