20th Anniversary of International Year of the Volunteer and National Volunteer Week
April 17, 2021 - “In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of International Year of the Volunteer and National Volunteer Week April 18-24, I wish to express my gratitude to all volunteers. Those individuals who continually give of themselves selflessly to help others, are the backbone of our communities. It is always a pleasure to celebrate volunteers and to recognize their important contributions to Islanders. Their dedication and commitment are boundless, exemplifying the giving, generous spirit of Canadians. I join with my Vice-Regal colleagues and Territorial Commissioners in issuing the following joint statement,” said Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry.
CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERS FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST
Volunteers are the gold of this earth, and Canada’s Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners are marking the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Year of Volunteers by saluting the millions of Canadian volunteers who bring life and energy to our country.
The theme of this 20th anniversary – “Our Past, Our Future” – recognizes the growth and development of the volunteer sector and sets the tone for imagining and creating opportunities for the next 20 years and beyond.
Those who volunteer willingly give their time and energy, choosing this way to serve their communities. Volunteers provide 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 enhance life in Canada. 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 volunteer organizations and countless personal acts of caring and giving. For all of the things we know they have done, we are aware that 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, on behalf of all Canadians, to our volunteers for their commitment to our communities, and our country. Bravo!
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Office of the Lieutenant Governor