Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada

December 05, 2007 11:00 ET

Volunteer Canada on Parliament Hill to Commemorate International Volunteer Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2007) - To commemorate International Volunteer Day (IVD), Volunteer Canada joined other members of the voluntary sector in supporting the following Motion tabled by Paul Dewar (MP Ottawa Centre).

The Motion reads:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should:

a) consider the Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector when making decisions that affect volunteers and volunteering;

b) recognize the key partnership role that it must assume in ensuring a strong volunteer base;

c) recognize the essential nature and value that volunteers make in our society;

d) and, develop a comprehensive strategy to support and encourage volunteering.

"The motion presented here to the House of Commons is key to helping both individuals and decision-makers understand and appreciate the value that volunteers bring to our communities," said Ruth MacKenzie, President of Volunteer Canada. "Introducing it on International Volunteer Day commemorates the vast and vital contribution of volunteers and continues the tradition that the voluntary sector has built to promote and enhance the work of the volunteer"

Volunteer Canada was joined by Larissa Silver, Executive Director of Volunteer Ottawa; Al Hatton, President and CEO of United Way Canada; Michael Allen, CEO of United Way Ottawa; and Barbara McInnes, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa.

In 1985, the United Nations General Assembly established International Volunteer Day to commemorate the contributions and dedication of volunteers worldwide. Today, IVD is celebrated globally, by volunteers, voluntary organizations and by all those who benefit directly from the endless help of the volunteer.

About Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, the organization has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in research and training across the country. Working with volunteer centres, community and national organizations and businesses, Volunteer Canada actively leads national dialogues on how volunteerism is related to citizen engagement and civil society and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement. To learn more about Volunteer Canada, please visit volunteer.ca.

Contact Information

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