John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton


The John Howard Society values our volunteers, and recognize their importance to our Agency. We depend on volunteers for the following areas:

Community Based Learning Outreach Literacy

For many people, lack of literacy essential skills is a barrier to fulfilling their dreams; many doors are closed for people without literacy basic skills – doors to employment, apprenticeship, high school credits, post-secondary education, to independence and to the joys of lifelong learning. A volunteer tutor can help a learner break down literacy barriers, learn new skills and gain confidence.

Role of Tutor

The tutor’s role is to support an adult learner or a small group of learners in literacy essential skills development.


Institutional Services Program

John Howard Society provides direct support to inmates and their families. Information and referral is provided on a variety of subjects. The program support inmates who are in Central East Correctional Centre to prepare for successful release and re-integration into their community.

Role of Volunteer

Volunteers support the program by assisting inmates with information and referrals on an individual basis.


How To Become Involved

To express an interest in becoming a volunteer with any of the programs listed above, please contact Shannon Speirs at 705-328-0472; or email


*Please note we are not accepting College or University Placement Students this year. Please contact us in 2021 to express your interest. Thank you.*