Happy June! Trees are budding, flowers are blossoming, and we’re pleased to share some of the initiatives taking root and spreading seeds at Volunteer Canada, as well as ideas germinating across the sector.

Please note that there has been an update to the newsletter, with a correction for Intact Financial Corporation.

A significant step in the development of the National Volunteer Action Strategy

On April 16, 2024, the Federal Budget announcement brought good news for those of us working in the volunteer sector with the allocation of $400,000 to support the development of a National Volunteer Action Strategy. This funding is an acknowledgment of the important contributions that volunteers make in communities across the country. 

The Strategy will provide an integrated approach at the national level that will help to protect, support, and facilitate volunteering today and into the future. This comes at a time when the volunteer sector is facing challenges, with a decrease in the number of volunteers and an increase in demand.

To date, we have developed A Roadmap to Meet the Moment, which provides an overview of the current situation, emerging themes and key considerations to guide the Strategy development process. But there is a lot of work left to do with our partners, both those in the federal government and those working in organizations from coast to coast to coast.

Do you want to hear more? Do you have any questions about the Strategy development process?

Join the President and CEO of Volunteer Canada, Dr. Megan Conway, at a virtual ask me anything on Wednesday, June 19th from 2-3pm (ET). Register here and submit any questions that you’d like answered. 

We look forward to seeing everyone and to moving forward together with this exciting initiative.

You made every moment matter during National Volunteer Week

This year’s National Volunteer Week was a huge success. 

Throughout the week, we thanked, recognized and celebrated the volunteers who give their time and talents in so many ways in communities across the country. And this year’s theme, Every Moment Matters, resonated because it highlighted the impact of the contributions made by volunteers. On individuals. On communities. On our country. 

As Dr. Megan Conway said during a televised interview, “Volunteers are the backbone of our communities. They show up in countless ways and enrich the quality of our lives and make our communities healthy, inclusive, strong and resilient.”

National Volunteer Week also provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the current state of volunteering in Canada, as well as the challenges the sector is facing.

A panel discussion held mid-week brought together exceptional leaders and volunteers from a range of volunteer organizations and attracted 172 online participants. The panel shared how they contribute to their communities, the impact of those contributions and how they inspire others (and are inspired themselves in turn). 

Volunteer Canada was also busy reaching people on social media. In total, 196 posts using #everymomentmatters reached over 45,000 people! 

Let’s not lose this momentum. Let’s take every opportunity to keep the conversation about volunteering, and its importance to our country, going.

And stay tuned for a December announcement of next year’s National Volunteer Week theme. 

Mark your calendars: National Volunteer Week 2025 is April 27 to May 4!

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