Canada celebrates National Volunteer Week 2009 - Thousands of organizations will participate in recognizing their volunteers with the help of Volunteer Canada

    OTTAWA, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - National Volunteer Week, the country's
biggest celebration and recognition campaign of volunteers, runs from April 19
to 25. Through the National Volunteer Week website (, created
by Volunteer Canada, hundreds of individuals and organizations have submitted
photos and videos of "volunteers in action," and thousands more have used the
site's resources to plan their own volunteer recognition events.
    "The economic recession is a difficult time for all of us, "said Ruth
MacKenzie, president of Volunteer Canada. "But many are using this time to
roll up their sleeves, share their skills, and better their communities and
the lives of others."
    "The National Volunteer Week website is proof that the spirit of
volunteerism is alive and well in this country."
    Ms. MacKenzie will be available for interviews throughout National
Volunteer Week to speak and respond to questions about the national campaign,
the importance of volunteer recognition, the current trends on volunteerism,
and the impact of volunteers on Canada's society and economy.

    About Volunteer Canada

    Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since
1977, the organization has been committed to increasing and supporting
volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special
projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in
research and training across the country. Working with volunteer centres,
community and national organizations and businesses, Volunteer Canada actively
leads national dialogues on how volunteerism is related to citizen engagement
and civil society and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian
volunteer movement.

    National Volunteer Week was first proclaimed in 1943 as an initiative to
draw the public's attention to the vital contribution of women to the war
effort on the home front. In the late 1960s, the focus was revived and
broadened to include all community volunteers. With the support of Investors
Group, Volunteer Canada is proud to be leading the celebrations once again.

For further information:

For further information: or to book an interview with Ruth MacKenzie:
Jung-Suk Ryu, Manager of Communications, Volunteer Canada, (613) 231-4371 ext.
226, Cell: (613) 266-9427,

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