Volunteers are the backbone of many community events in the Lakeland. The Town of Vermilion would like to recognize its volunteers whose empathy, compassion, and generosity connect people to our active community by declaring National Volunteer Week April 24-30.
“We have many volunteers dedicated to serving others and contributing to our vibrant community culture,” the Town of Vermilion stated. “In the interest of recognizing and honoring our volunteers locally and across our country, the Council for the Town of Vermilion does hereby declare the week of April 24-30, 2022 as National Volunteer Week.”
Over 24 million Canadians give their time through formal or informal types of volunteering, contributing close to five billion volunteer hours per year. Volunteers in Vermilion mentor our children, support those feeling isolated, beautify our green spaces, and fundraise for our charitable organizations.
The National Volunteer Week theme for 2022 is Empathy in Action.
Volunteers in Vermilion have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to support families, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on creating a more just and equitable society.
The collective contributions from each individual make a difference and build capacity in the not-for-profit sector and benefit the social and economic values within the community overall.
The social events that attract tourists include the contribution of many local volunteers. Vermilion’s volunteers are individuals, families, workers, retirees, and community members of all ages and backgrounds.
“The collective result of the work done by our volunteers is that Vermilion is a more desirable place to live,” Mayor of Vermilion Gregory Throndson said in the proclamation. “Volunteers serve in leadership roles on boards and committees assisting community events,
programs, sports/leisure, services clubs, and churches. Thanks to all the volunteers that dedicate their time and effort to make our community a better place to live, work and play.”