Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give.” From opportunities to develop new skills to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates value for all.
April is the month we recognize all the many volunteers in Canada with National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week runs April 16-23. The theme this year is “Volunteering Weaves us Together.” PALS kicks off our celebration of Volunteers on April 18th at the AGM & Learner and Volunteer Recognition event. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP to attend before April 12th.
We still need your nominations for the Phil Beakhouse Student Achievement Award. These nominations are made by the tutor for the student they feel should be recognized for their commitment to learning, their community involvement, and their progress towards their goals. Please submit your nominations ASAP. This award will be given to the recipient at the Volunteer and Learner Recognition Event on April 18th.
I would like to welcome 20 new volunteers who onboarded with me during the month of March. You are most welcome to our volunteer roster. I know you will be extraordinary and vibrant additions to our volunteer tapestry.
Fun Facts About April
- April is named after the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.
- In Latin, April means “to open.”
- We Know April as the 4th month of the year, but that is only by the Gregorian calendar that we adhere to now. It was previously the fifth month in the earlier Julian Calendar.
- April also only had 29 days but at 30th day was added when Julius Caesar established the Julian Calendar.
Volunteer and Learner Coordinator
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