Volunteering at the Manitoba Developmental Centre

The Manitoba Developmental Centre is an accredited facility providing specialized care, supervision and developmental habilitation to adults with an intellectual disability from all regions of Manitoba.

We are committed to the principles of resident-centred service and continuous quality improvement. Volunteers are recognized for their valuable contribution in enhancing the quality of life for residents and are respected as contributing members of the team.

Who Can Volunteer?

Students, trainees, homemakers, seniors, professionals, friends, relatives, YOU!


What Will I Do?

Volunteers can choose to participate in activities that suit their interests or serve on various committees as community representatives. Volunteers may be involved in assisting residents with leisure, recreation and special event activities on a group basis.
There are volunteer opportunities in such areas as:

Special Events

  • Community entertainment
  • Day trips (museum, parks, sports events)
  • Dances
  • Ethnicfest
  • Cultural performances


  • Communications
  • Music therapy


Social Activities

  • Story telling
  • Movies
  • Companion visits
  • Games
  • Shopping

Physical Activities

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Bike rides
  • Dances
  • Walks
  • Exercise

Educational Activities

  • Computer
  • Literacy (reading and writing)


Spiritual Activities

  • Worship services
  • Bible study
  • Hymn sings
  • Memorial services

Creative Activities

  • Crafts
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Letter writing
  • Cooking/baking
  • Pottery
  • Dance/movement

Where Will I Go?

Volunteers will be assigned to a recreation program in Extended Care/Geriatric Program or Habilitation/Specialty Program.

Volunteers will assist residents to participate in activities on the Centre’s grounds and during day trips, locally or out-of-town. Volunteers may also choose to work in any of the activities, programs or events.

When Do I Volunteer?

Days, times and number of hours are very flexible.  A schedule can be made to suit volunteers' needs. Afternoons and/or evening times are available seven days a week.

Why Volunteer at the Centre?

Volunteering at the Centre provides an opportunity to develop skills in a number of areas such as communications, activity planning and teamwork.

Volunteers share their skills and experiences while also gaining new friendships, experience and knowledge in the field of developmental disabilities.

Volunteering can help career development by providing work experience and references.

Volunteering often contributes to personal growth and development by building confidence and self-esteem.

How Do You Become a Volunteer at the Centre?

The Centre's Coordinator of Volunteer Services will be happy to provide you with an application form and advise you of the application process. The coordinator will meet with you to discuss your interests, skills, expectations and time commitment. When you begin as a volunteer, you will get a tour of the placement area, a general orientation and on-site training.

For more information on volunteering, contact:

Coordinator of Volunteer Services
Manitoba Developmental Centre
840-3rd Street N.E.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3C6
Telephone: (204) 856-4240
Fax: (204) 856-4221