Statement by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on International Volunteer Day

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - In celebration of International Volunteer Day, I would like to recognize the 13 million Canadians who volunteer each year for their generosity, their dedication, and the selfless work they do in support of communities across Canada.

There are many different ways to volunteer. Some choose to give of their time, while others share their expertise. Volunteers emerge from all stages of life and all bring something special to their communities. For example, a new generation of youth is eager to share their skills to help our communities.  Through a shared effort, we all have an important impact in maintaining and building healthier and stronger communities. By working together, we can tackle social issues and continue to build a strong and united country.

Volunteers in Canada share a common goal—to make a positive impact in people's lives. Their caring and compassion is an incredible source of inspiration. It reflects the values of the kind of communities and country we want for ourselves and our children. Although many volunteers give without expecting anything in return, thanking and encouraging them for their hard work and values is important. This is why we need to continue to spread this message.

The Government of Canada recognizes and celebrates the contributions of these exceptional individuals through Canada's Volunteer Awards. A special ceremony will take place in 2017 for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. To recognize the important contribution of youth volunteers, the Emerging Leader category has expanded from one national to five regional awards.

I encourage you to nominate a volunteer, not-for-profit or business in your community. Join me in shining a light on someone in your community that is making a difference by nominating someone today.

For more information, visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards.

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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Mathieu Filion, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P., Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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