Government of Canada celebrates National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, April 22, 2013 — On the occasion of the 71st annual National Volunteer Week (April 21 to 27), the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, is paying tribute to the millions of Canadians who volunteer across the country every year.

“As the Minister responsible for volunteerism, I applaud the commitment of countless Canadian volunteers who give so generously of their time and who have made a difference in improving the well-being of families and their communities,” said Minister Finley. “It is so important that we take a moment to pause during National Volunteer Week and thank those who dedicate themselves to making this country a better place in which to live.”

Volunteerism improves the quality of life of many, building stronger social networks, and strengthening intergenerational relations. According to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, each year, over 13 million Canadians volunteer more than over 2 billion hours of their time to help others.

In order to further recognize the outstanding voluntary contributions made in Canada, the Government introduced the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards. Canadians can show appreciation for exceptional volunteers within their communities by nominating them for one of the 17 awards. The second call for nominations closed on April 15, 2013. More information about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, including the first award recipients, can be found at www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwards

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of citizen participation in Canada. As part of many events taking place throughout the week, Minister Finley will participate in a reception on Parliament Hill.