MP Diane Finley Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Ottawa, ON On the occasion of the 71st annual National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, congratulates the citizens of Haldimand-Norfolk who volunteer to help their community every year.

“During National Volunteer Week, I would like to thank the many volunteers who give their time and effort to help strengthen our community,” said Finley. “They each play a vital role in building a stronger Canada.”

According to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, each year, more than 13 million Canadians volunteer over 2 billion hours of their time to charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

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 in 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

The Government is also pleased to work with organizations such as Volunteer Canada in its efforts to encourage volunteerism. Volunteer Canada received federal funding to enhance its website, in order to better connect organizations with volunteers who could fill positions or contribute their skills and experience (http://volunteer.ca/content/find-volunteer-centre).

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of citizen participation in Canada.  The Government of Canada thanks the many Canadians who dedicate their skills and time to make this country a better place to live.

For more information on how you can participate in National Volunteer Week or become a volunteer, please visit volunteer.ca.