This week is National Volunteer Week in Canada and we can be darned proud of the efforts that people make in communities from coast to coast to coast.

A large shout out to the National Volunteer organization and to folks at  Investors Group who are stepping up once again to celebrate Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers.  2014 marks the 11th consecutive year that Investors group has led the campaign.

Volunteers are the thread that weaves across our nation in communities large and small across a wide and varied set of causes and interests. They impact our communities in so many ways , to ensure that those in need and causes requiring support have the people power required to make them a success. Whether it is about health, the arts, environment, abilities and disabilities or just about bringing like minded people together in conversations about our community – volunteers are the foundational bedrock in making a difference. We are fortunate in Canada to have the kind of participation in volunteerism that we experience.

Throughout the year the good folks at volunteer.ca help to provide support and awareness for how people can get involved in volunteer efforts. They are a good place to take a peek if you are interested in playing your part.

I hope you will join with me in a toast to our volunteers…coast to coast to coast during this week of recognition. If you’ve got someone that you would like to recognize in your community, be sure to check out the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards. Nominations are open !

Cheers to those who continue to make a difference in our Canadian communities. @FergDevins