Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lois Brown, meets with Canada's VCAs to mark International Volunteer Day and make announcement

TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadians who have given their time and their expertise abroad to help break the cycle of poverty and build stronger economies in developing nations will come together on Thursday, December 5 to celebrate International Volunteer Day with members of Canada's Volunteer Cooperation Agencies (VCAs). Hosted by CESO on behalf of Canada's VCAs, the breakfast event will include an announcement by Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development.

WHO:  Canadian volunteers along with representatives from Canada's Volunteer Cooperation Agencies (VCAs), including Canada World Youth, CECI, CESO, Crossroads International, Cuso International, Oxfam-Québec, SUCO, WUSC, and Youth Challenge International
WHAT:  Breakfast reception to celebrate International Volunteer Day and host Parliamentary Secretary Lois Brown
WHEN:   Thursday, Dec. 5; 8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (coffee and breakfast will be served)
WHERE:   CESO headquarters: 700 Bay Street, 8th floor, Toronto; 416-961-2376
VISUALS:  Photo opportunities with Lois Brown, VCA representatives, and inspiring Canadians who volunteer internationally

About Canada's VCAs and International Volunteer Day:  
Each year, thousands of Canadians volunteer internationally, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). These volunteers share their knowledge and skills to deliver critical services and support sustainable economic and community development. International Volunteer Day (December 5) is an opportunity to celebrate the important contribution volunteers make to this country's global aid efforts.

Today's volunteer cooperation model uses a sophisticated, 21st century approach to international development, one focused not on delivering cheques, but transferring human capital. This human capital is represented in volunteers from every walk of life: teachers, engineers, bankers, farmers, governance specialists, and students, to name just a few. They range in age from youth to seniors and come from every region of Canada. They are the human face of Canada's international development efforts and represent our country's commitment to global citizenship. They are deployed and supported by Canada's Volunteer Cooperation Agencies, who bring years of experience in managing overseas volunteers and on-the-ground partnerships to help ensure a safe environment and positive outcomes.

SOURCE CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization)

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