Monday, April 16, 2012


It is Volunteer Week across Canada!

12.5 million Canadians dedicate some of  their time leading positive change on all fronts: community health care, sports and recreation, heritage and arts, environmental protection & advocacy, disaster relief, international development, and volunteer firefighting – the list is endless.

As a individual who dedicates a great deal of time to community advocacy, breakfast programs, school councils and other community organizations, I see the incredible work that is done by volunteers every day. 

97,000 people in this province are registered volunteers. That is out of a population of 500,000 residents!  They  donate 35-million hours of their time.

The Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP) provides the most comprehensive overview of the contributions of time and money Canadians make to nonprofit and charitable organizations and to each other. 

Statistic Canada's Cornerstones of Community: Highlights of the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, provides some interesting data on volunteers, volunteerism, and the charitable and voluntary sector

This year’s 69th annual NVW takes place the week of April 15 – 21. It is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

Volunteer Week's Honourary Patron this year is  the Honourable John C. Crosbie, PC, OC, ONL, QC - Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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