National Volunteer Recognition Week “We Appreciate You!” Contest

It’s National Volunteer Recognition Week (April 15 – 21, 2012) and our chance to let those special volunteers in our lives know that “We Appreciate You!”.  All across Canada, all week long, volunteers will be celebrated and thanked in a myriad of different ways.

This year, Volunteer Victoria has partnered with Wells Gray Tours and CHEK TV to celebrate our local volunteers through the “We Appreciate You!” contest. Until April 20th you can nominate someone in our community for the great work they are doing. The winner will be announced on CHEK News at 5:00 p.m. on April 23rd and will receive the Wells Gray Vancouver Gardens & Gourmet 3 day All-Inclusive Tour – June 24-26.

Don’t miss this great new opportunity to show a deserving unsung hero how much they are appreciated! Nominate someone deserving today!







Did You Know? Over 180,000 local volunteers give 32 million hours of their time, talent and dedication to our community each year? That’s an average of 178 hours/each per year!

I know you’ll agree that we just couldn’t do what we do without them! Whether feeding the homeless, sitting on boards, coaching our youth, teaching a teen to read or driving seniors to appointments (and doing everything in between!) volunteers provide critical, caring support to people of all ages in our community. Thank you volunteers!

Here is a run-down of the activities we have planned this week. Tell us what your organization is doing to celebrate!

Stay tuned as we will be sharing some volunteer profiles with you this week as well. Thanks again to those members who submitted them! We hope you will keep them coming!

Here is what the week looks like…

Monday, April 16th – Tune in to KOOL Mornings with Robin and Brian on 107.3 KOOL FM at 10:15 a.m. to hear an on-air interview with our Youth Program Coordinator, Leanna Hill. Topics include: impact of youth volunteerism and trends as well as some of the interesting ways youth are helping to shape our vibrant community.

At 1:10 p.m., tune in to Dave Dickson‘s show on C-FAX 1070 AM and join Executive Director, Lisa Mort-Putland and Lori Elder Manager, Communications & Community Relations as they speak to such topics as the value/impact of our local volunteers and the importance of National Volunteer Week, as well as share up-to-date information regarding volunteering trends.

Wednesday, April 18th – Look for our full colour “Thank You Volunteers!” Co-op ad in the Black Press (in Victoria News, Saanich News, Oak Bay News, Goldstream News Gazette and Peninsula News Review). Also banner ads in the Victoria News Daily on April 17 & 19.

Then from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. get inspired while supporting our local youth! Join us for a thought-provoking screening of a documentary film at RRU called R/Evolution in support of our Youth Volunteer Connections Program (YVCP).  Admission by donation with all proceeds to Volunteer Victoria’s Youth Program. Suggested donation $5. Register to Attend In Person or through Live-Stream Web Video. A panel presentation will follow with the Exec. Producer of the film and local leaders. View the 8-minute trailer

Friday, April 20th – Volunteer Victoria’s Executive Director, Lisa Mort-Putland will help ring in volunteer week celebrations with the MS Society at their volunteer celebration event.

**Don’t forget! Our “We Appreciate You!” volunteer contest ends with CHEK TV/Wells Gray Tours on April 20th! The winner will be announced on April 23rd on-air during CHEK TV’s 5 p.m. news.

Saturday, April 21st/Sunday, April 22 – Look for our full colour “Thank You Volunteers!” Co-op ad in the Times Colonist.

Volunteers Grow Community! On behalf of Volunteer Victoria’s board, staff and volunteers a sincere thank you to all volunteers for your passion, dedication, caring, and time. We truly do appreciate you! Each and every day of the year!


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