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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

vCelebrating Voluteers in Waterloo Region

National Volunteer Week is from April 23 to 29 , 2017 and the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area joins with Volunteer Canada and all our member organizations to celebrate . This week is set aside to recognize the 12.7 million volunteer s that contribute their time and abilities to serving our communities. This year we will also recognize how volunteering has been a vital piece of the Canadian culture for its 150 years!

In Waterloo Region 48% of the population over the age of 15 years contribute to make this community such a great place to live and work. The Volunteer Action Centre would like to thank every volunteer for their contr ibution to our community. From youth to seniors, in the arts or on the soccer field, volunteers are helping to ensure that Waterloo Region offers a full range of community programs and services. Every volunteer makes a difference!

Waterloo Region is fort unate to have so many great volunteers that we are eager to celebrate during National Volunteer Week. W hether these volunteers have volunteered for 30 years or have just started they have all made an incredible impact on our community !

On Thursday, April 27th, 2017 our centre will present, the 12 th A nnual Volunteer Impact Awards to recognize inspiring individuals, organizations and businesses in Kitchener, Waterloo and the surrounding areas for their volunteer contributions. This year we celebrate 14 individuals and /or group s that have above and beyond to truly make a difference in our Region.

Guest Speaker: Paula Speevak, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada provides a nationa l voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977 , Volunteer Canada has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation. Volunteer Canada supports volunteer centres, local organizations and national corporations to promote and broaden volunteering. Volunteer Canada’s programs, research, training, tools, resources and national initiatives provide leadership on issues and trends in Canada’s volunteer landscape. This year marks the 14 th year Volunteer Canada has delivered the campaign in partnership with Investors Group , a longstanding supporter of NVW and Canada’s corporate leade r in volunteer recognition.

CANADA 150 for 150 To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada, we are joining with other charities and not - for - profits across the country to invite everyone who can to give 150 hours of your time during 2017. Register for the Challenge by signing in to the 150 for 150 online platform at . Here you will be encouraged to share your stories, track your hours, create your profile and hear about what other s across the country are doing to meet the Challenge. Canada’s 150 th gives us the opportunity to join together and celebrate the values that make this country a wonderful place to live. Participate and make 2017 the best year for volunteerism yet!

ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteering Campaign is preparing for its 10 th year to engage, encourage and recognize high school age youth volunteering in our community. This year our centre is joining together with the Cambridge Volunteer Cent re to provid e EPYC 2017 Inspire Action - a two - part community leadership program to e mpower youth.

Volunteer Action Centre ( ) supports a mission to build and develop community capacity for volunteerism. Our services include – providing resources and supports for recruitment/referral/recognition and retention of volunteers; promoting and advocating for the need for and the impact of volunteerism; building relationships and partnerships that will enhance volunteerism; and, providing training and consultation to develop skill and knowledge to support the nonprofit sector.

For more information, please contact: Jane Hennig, Executive Director, Volunteer Action Centre (519)742 - 8610

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