Column: Celebrating Alberta’s amazing volunteers

kubinecThey are the seniors selling raffle tickets in support of the local museum society or drop-in centre. They are a group of students spending their vacation helping to build a school in a village half way around the globe. They are the local businessmen and women who bring their skills and passion to the board of the local food bank or community league. They are Alberta’s incredible volunteers.

April 6 to 12 is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to say thank you to the amazing volunteers who are hard at work in our communities. These outstanding Albertans are responsible for the recreational, cultural and social programs that matter most to Albertans. Their generous contributions of time, talent and energy help our children to develop their creative or athletic talents. Their compassion and concern ensure that there are programs and services available to help our seniors remain active and engaged in our communities. Their dedication and commitment help to build the kind of welcoming and inclusive communities that help to attract the skilled workforce and investment needed to build a strong economy.

The Government of Alberta is proud to join all Albertans in saluting our remarkable volunteers. During Volunteer Week 2014, events and activities will be held in more than 140 communities. The Alberta Government assists volunteers with successful initiatives like the annual Vitalize Conference and through Alberta Culture’s Community Development Unit. We know that the seven days of National Volunteer Week is just part of the 365 days a year that volunteers are at work across Alberta and it’s important to recognize them every chance we get.

I would like to encourage all Albertans to take a moment to thank the volunteers in their community and to consider sharing their own talents in support of programs and projects that matter to them. Volunteering is a great way to connect with people who share your interests, learn new skills and gain valuable experience. And there is no better way to say thank you, than to lend a hand to a volunteer who has made a difference in your life.

Maureen Kubinec, MLA

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