National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018, is a time to celebrate and to thank all volunteers who have served our community; however, special thank you goes out to all those who have volunteered for CACD. “Volunteering is a willful action, and often there is no tangible reward”. However, it is the most important resource community organizations have and I highly recommended it, especially for the young, “as doing good is just one part of the motivation for reaching personal and professional goals”.
Further, “Volunteering can have a meaningful, positive impact on organizations and can provide many benefits for the volunteers. These may include: learn or develop a new skill; be a part of a Professional Association; a sense of accomplishment; enhance your career options; explore new interests; new experiences; send a signal to your employer, instructors, fellow members, friends and family and companies know that supporting volunteerism is viewed positively by job prospects. Further, studies show that there are positive health effects to volunteers such as lower heart disease, less stress and depression than with non-volunteers”.
As stated by Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, “The support provided by Ontario’s army of volunteers is indispensable. Whether it’s empowering the vulnerable, comforting the sick, raising awareness or raising funds, our volunteers work tirelessly to make our communities and our province a better place in which to live.”
It is in this spirit that the Ontario’s Medal and Recognition Programs celebrate the people who make our province a better place to live. The awards are presented at ceremonies across Ontario from March to June. The recipients are given a stylized trillium service pin and a personalized certificate to acknowledge their years of service.
The Volunteer Service Awards recognize volunteers for their continuous years of commitment and service to an organization. Youth volunteers (under the age of 24) are recognized for two or more years of continuous service. Adults are recognized for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 or more years of continuous service.
As Founder and Executive Director of Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development (CACD), I was proud to be present at the award ceremony on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at the Oasis Convention Centre, 1036 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, when Members/Volunteers; Wes McKenzie, Marva Dennis, Catherine Soplet who received their pins and certificates for 5 years of service and Sonia Cunningham and I, (Ron Cunningham), received ours for 15 years of service.