Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

New Connects All to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Dec 04, 2012

- Launches on December 5, 2012, International Volunteer Day

- Canadians Can Learn More During December 5 Volunteer Canada Facebook Chat 
featuring United Nations Volunteers
OTTAWA – Everyone’s connection to Canada’s volunteering community becomes stronger and more streamlined when Volunteer Canada launches its newly revamped website – – on December 5, 2012, International Volunteer Day.
“The new has been designed to serve as a central connection point for key volunteering organizations and websites across Canada,” said Ruth MacKenzie, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada.
“13.3 million Canadians volunteer more than 2.1 billion hours each year, supporting thousands of organizations and communities across the country,” MacKenzie said. “The launch of the new lands on December 5 – International Volunteer Day – to help highlight these massive contributions being made every day not only in communities across Canada, but around the world.”
The new responds to a distinct need for a central entry point to Canada’s volunteering community. Serving francophone and cultural communities effectively and developing new online volunteering services and tools are among the strategic priorities for the website. It is designed to support Canadians, Canada’s voluntary sector and audiences worldwide through generous funding from the Government of Canada. 
“Volunteers are the heart of Canadian communities and their dedication, enthusiasm and spirit of service is what we are celebrating on International Volunteer Day,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “Our Government is pleased to support Volunteer Canada and their endeavours, such as the launch of their newly-enhanced website designed to better link up willing volunteers and organizations.”
For International Volunteer Day 2012, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has re-launched the online “Volunteer Action Counts” campaign as the established platform for International Volunteer Day.  From the website,, people from all over the world can upload their volunteer and IVD stories, as well as download a wide range of IVD celebration materials developed by UNV. UNV believes that IVD is an ideal opportunity to recognize the significant impact that volunteerism makes worldwide.
“Volunteerism plays a significant role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said Flavia Pansieri, the Executive Coordinator for UNV. “It plays a healing role by rebuilding trust in a post-conflict society. And its values – of solidarity and engagement – inspire us to live sustainably, so that our human actions do not jeopardise the needs, or the existence, of future generations.”
Everyone is invited to join Volunteer Canada and United Nations Volunteer, Manon Bernier, on Wednesday, December 5, from 3:30 p.m. ET to 4:30 p.m. ET as they co-host an interactive Facebook conversation to discuss International Volunteer Day and the new This interactive event takes place on Volunteer Canada’s Facebook page.
You can also learn more about the new website by watching Volunteer Canada’s short video tour, available by clicking here
At Volunteer Canada (, we encourage all Canadians to get involved in their communities and we work with all types of organizations to engage today’s volunteers. Our expertise is backed by original research, practical knowledge and our unique network of insight, which includes a broad range of organizations, from individuals to local volunteer centres to national corporations with thousands of staff.
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For more information please contact:
Brendan Glauser
Communications Manager, Volunteer Canada
613-231-4371 x227