On this ‘National Volunteer Week’ in Canada, during these Perilous Times, Volunteers are doing an Especially Heroic Job of Serving Our Communities

“People are training as crisis responders for the Kids Help Phone, writing letters to isolated seniors, and spending hours in food banks to pack hampers with essential items for families in need. Let’s continue these acts of service because Canadians need to stick together during these tough times.”                                             – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

A Statement from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister

Posted April 19th, 2020

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Volunteer Week:

“Today is the first day of National Volunteer Week , when we recognize the Canadians who devote their time and skills to making our country a better place.

“This year’s theme, ‘It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers’, underscores how volunteers work tirelessly and often behind the scenes. It highlights how our charities and non-profit organizations depend on their support to provide services to Canadians who need them most.

“Across Canada, countless volunteers look beyond their circumstances to be there for others. And that hasn’t changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these difficult times, Canadians are still taking care of each other.

“People are training as crisis responders for the Kids Help Phone, writing letters to isolated seniors, and spending hours in food banks to pack hampers with essential items for families in need. Let’s continue these acts of service because Canadians need to stick together during these tough times. We thank and continue to encourage Canadians to sign up for the National COVID-19 Volunteer

Recruitment Campaign <https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?toggleLanguage=en&poster=1437722>, and other organizations – because large or small, each act makes a difference as we work together to fight this pandemic.

“To our volunteers, know that your fellow Canadians see you and appreciate your dedication to your communities and our country. We know how much you do, and we are grateful. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank all volunteers for showing us that we truly are stronger together.”

A  Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

Each and every chance we can, let’s give our thanks and support to the volunteers in our region. And if you can, join the ranks of the volunteers yourself.

Let’s teach the greedy out there, and the right-wing extremists out there who have hijacked levers of power in too many of our municipal, provincial and federal bodies, something about the great benefits for all of us of serving THE COMMON GOOD.

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post, along with your name (not a pseudonym), in the space immediately below the Bernie Sanders quote.

 “A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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