Parksville marks volunteer week

Mayor issues proclamation for National Volunteer Week April 23-29

Mayor Marc Lefebvre has proclaimed April 23-29 as Volunteer Week in the City of Parksville. The theme for National Volunteer Week during Canada’s sesquicentennial year is Crossword No. 150.

The city recognizes and thanks volunteers and community organizations for their outstanding contribution to the city and also acknowledges volunteers are an important partner with government in providing services to citizens.

In 2017, volunteering comes in many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself. Someone who shovels their neighbour’s laneway or who volunteers at a seniors’ home is helping to build a stronger community. Sometimes people miss recognizing these people as volunteers, because they do not occupy a formal role within an organization or group. However people recognize volunteering in 2017, one thing remains timeless: volunteer efforts create a positive impact in communities across Canada.

“Volunteers contribute significantly to the well-being of our community and without their dedication, it would be difficult to sustain many of the services we enjoy,” said Lefebvre. “National Volunteer Week heightens public awareness of the vital contribution volunteers make to Parksville and we hope you will thank some of this community’s many volunteers, acknowledging their work and the richness they bring to our community.”

During this week, communities all across Canada celebrate National Volunteer Week intended to thank and celebrate those people who make a tremendous contribution by volunteering in the community. Volunteers donate their time and good old fashioned elbow grease to programs which rely on inspiration and who donate their time to help others by supporting the cause in which they believe. Volunteers are those in the community who see a need and willingly work to overcome that need or hear of an opportunity to share their skills.

For more info on National Volunteer Week, visit volunteer.ca/nvw2017.