Thank Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

sunriseNational Volunteer Week is this April 23-29, 2017. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and thank Guelph and Wellington’s 98,000 volunteers! How are we celebrating? Here’s how:

The Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Involvement Awards were presented to this year’s recipients:

  • Yousr El Sharawy, Political Science Masters student at the University of Guelph, having also completed her undergraduate degree as an international student at UofG
  • Dr. Daniel Gillis, Assistant Professor and Statistician in the School of Computer Science and the Director of the Physical Science and Engineering Education Research Centre at the University of Guelph
  • Paul Mesman,  Manager, Construction Coordinator in the Department of Physical Resources at the University of Guelph

With support from community minded business, the Volunteer Centre provided 4000 Caring Community Cards for distribution to volunteers who support our member agencies as a thank you for their great work.

In appreciation to The Guelph Community Foundation and Ontario150 for their grants funding the project, as well as the experience and wisdom of the Guelph Arts Council, the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington is thrilled to collaborate with selected artist, Meredith Blackmore, for the Celebrating 150 Years of Volunteerism, a mural project that celebrates Canada’s 150th and Guelph and Wellington County’s volunteers. The project will be created during National Volunteer Week with input and involvement from volunteers. All volunteers are welcome to participate. Host locations and times can be found here –Mural Project Schedule.

In addition, the Volunteer Centre will celebrate volunteerism and Canada’s 150th with our annual Time To Give Breakfast, April 28, where we will welcome award-winning Canadian novelist and travel writer Will Ferguson, as we explore how volunteering impacts Canadian Identity. Rounding out the event we will unveil a new name and logo which more appropriately reflects the breadth of our mission, vision and values.

But that is not all! Guelph Tribune will be running a special feature in the newspaper as well as the Wellington Advertiser, appreciating volunteers in our community and the Volunteer Centre team will again plant a garden in honour of volunteers.

To our community’s volunteers – thank you for all your efforts this past year. Every baked good you made, all the miles you drove, the events you hosted and the children you mentored, the elders you visited are amazing examples of this community’s special philanthropic spirit. Your willingness to participate embodies what it means to build community together. Thank you!

Last, but not least, we ask YOU to join us in thanking volunteers on social media using #GratitudeGW. Snap a photo of volunteers in action, or simply express your thanks for all the great work volunteers do on a daily basis.

For the complete release, visit National Volunteer Week 2017 Information Release.

Posted on April 18, 2017