GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister
of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
today marked International Volunteer Day by applauding the millions of
Canadians who give generously of their time to volunteer and help
"I have seen the truly exceptional work volunteers do every day to
support those in need, and for this we are all very thankful," said
Minister Kenney. "Volunteers are a vital pillar of our society—helping
to improve the well-being of Canadians and their communities."
The value of volunteers' time in Canada is equivalent to 1.1 million
full-time jobs annually, with more than 13 million people volunteering
their time through a group or organization. Volunteers provide a number
of services, ranging from fundraising, to coaching children's sports
teams, to supporting not-for-profit organizations.
Volunteer Canada's website, www.volunteer.ca, is a great source for information and helps match volunteers with
volunteering opportunities. The Government encourages volunteerism by
building partnerships across sectors and leveraging new ideas and
sources of funding, such as in the New Horizons for Seniors Program and
the Social Development Partnerships Program.
In 2012, the Government of Canada celebrated the first annual Prime
Minister's Volunteer Awards, aimed at recognizing the exceptional
contributions of volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and
businesses to improving the well-being of Canadians and their
communities. For more information on the Prime Minister's Volunteer
Awards, including the announcement of future award recipients and the
next call for nominations, be sure to regularly visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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