Heart and stroke volunteers

National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, is an opportunity for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to thank all of our dedicated volunteers

National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, is an opportunity for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who generously give their time to fuel life-saving research and to change the lives of people right here on Vancouver Island.

All of our volunteers are vital partners, spearheading fundraising, advocacy and health education efforts that save lives. They serve on our provincial advisory board and event planning committees, devote countless hours to the smooth running and success of our events, provide office support, speak on our behalf at community health fairs or for media interviews, share their personal stories of courage and perseverance to inspire others and much more.

Volunteers truly are the lifeblood of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, such as the 100,000 passionate volunteers across British Columbia who, despite sometimes harsh weather, canvass their neighbourhoods during our annual Heart Month campaign, demonstrating their true commitment and passion for making a difference. Every step they take brings a survivor closer to home.

I thank all those who volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as those who give their time to so many other worthwhile causes. Large or small, the contributions made by volunteers are a testament to the capacity of each and every one of us who wish to make a positive difference in our communities.

Let us all take the opportunity this week to extend our heartfelt thanks to a volunteer.

Janice Krall, Area Manager Vancouver Island Heart and Stroke FoundationNanaimo