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Recognizing Volunteers from Coast to Coast to Coast

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This National Volunteer Week, Canada’s Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners are saluting the millions of Canadian volunteers who bring life and energy to our country.

2021 also marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Year of Volunteers – “Our Past, Our Future” – putting the spotlight on the contributions of volunteers and paying homage to the essential work volunteers have done throughout the pandemic and their anticipated role in a sustainable recovery.

Volunteers willingly give their time and energy, choosing this way to serve their communities while providing leadership, creativity and enthusiasm by saying “yes” to finding solutions.

The simple word – “yes” – creates a world of possibilities. This affirmation enables tens of thousands of projects and organizations to participate in strengthening and building community. It opens the doors for millions of personal encounters that add joy and encouragement to Canadians. It creates opportunities for volunteers themselves to enjoy learning, growing and feeling deep satisfaction.

In these unprecedented times, we continue to be amazed by the resilience of Canadians, responding with humanity, hope, and determination to great challenges through countless personal acts of caring and giving. For all of the things we know they have done, there are just as many acts of kindness we don’t know about.

During National Volunteer Week, April 18 to 24, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers for their commitment to our communities and our country. Bravo!

– The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario