Apr 19, 2010
National Volunteer Week, Canada’s largest annual celebration and recognition campaign of volunteers, is in full swing. From April 18 to 24, organizations and individuals across the country are taking a moment to thank the volunteers that help make their work possible and our communities better.
“Canada is a compassionate nation. There are 12.5 million Canadians volunteering in some form in this country,” says Ruth MacKenzie, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada. “The work of volunteering is essential to our communities as well as to our social fabric and recognizing their contribution is an essential part of keeping the volunteering energy vibrant.”
Canada boasts over 161,000 registered charitable organizations within which volunteers play a key role. According to the 2007 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the largest survey ever completed that examines how Canadians support each other and their communities, volunteers contribute two billion hours each year, the equivalent of one million full-time jobs.
National Volunteer Week was first proclaimed in 1943 as an initiative to draw the public's attention to the vital contribution of women to the war effort on the home front. In the late 1960s, the focus was revived and broadened to include all community volunteers.
This year ensure that you take the time to say thank you to volunteers in your community whose efforts and hard work help shape our country 365 days a year.
Volunteer Canada hosts a website dedicated to the National Volunteer Week campaign at volunteer.ca/nvw.