GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Volunteers make a difference to people in every community across Canada, and it is important to recognize the contributions that they make. Through Canada's Volunteer Awards, the Government of Canada aims to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities and develop innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle social challenges.
Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the members of the Canada's Volunteer Awards National Advisory Committee. The National Advisory Committee will play an important role in the assessment process for Canada's Volunteer Award nominations, as it will advise and assist the Minister on all matters relating to the selection of award recipients.
The National Advisory Committee is composed of 13 leaders with a passion and commitment in the field of volunteerism. Members include individuals with experience working or volunteering in the not-for-profit, voluntary and private sectors. The Canada's Volunteer Awards National Advisory Committee proudly represents Canada's cultural, linguistic and regional diversity.
"Volunteers are at the heart of our communities, and Canada's Volunteer Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate their great work and accomplishments. I look forward to working in collaboration with the National Advisory Committee members by engaging in the recognition of volunteers and organizations that make a difference every day to people and in communities across Canada."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
- Canada ranked fourth in the 2015 World Giving Index, which provides insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.
- In 2013, Canadian volunteers devoted almost 2 billion hours to their volunteer activities, or the equivalent of about 1 million full-time jobs.
Backgrounder: Canada's Volunteer Awards
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell, Press Secretary, 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, [email protected]