Updated: May 17, 2021
"The Value of One, The Power of Many" was the theme for National Volunteer Week in 2001 and is also the theme for 2021. The same theme let us look into the past and wink to our future.
In 2021, the week is held between 18 to 24 April. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the vibrancy and impact of volunteerism in our communities and across Canada. It beautifully reflects the individual and collective efforts, we have seen during the pandemic. As we celebrate all those who have stepped up to help others this year, we also recognize all those who have stepped back from volunteering to protect themselves and others. The value of one person staying home helps protect their network, the power of many people keeping their distance helps protect the community.
That first National Volunteer took place in September rather than April in 1943. And it had a very specific purpose: to enlist women for wartime voluntary service. Designated by the Canadian War Services department and organized by the Women’s Voluntary Services (W.V.S.), major cities across the country such as Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg hosted recruitments and special events to raise awareness about the vital contributions women were making to the war effort. Since then, National Volunteer Week has become a time for all Canadians to intentionally recognize the contributions volunteers make to their communities, to raise awareness of the value this adds and to thank volunteers for all of their time, energy, commitment and care.
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