Did you hear about last year’s recipients of Canada’s Volunteer Awards? Dr. Francis Ho volunteered in the public health sector for over 60 years! Gurmit Kaur Surpal has helped newcomers to Canada for the past 40 years. Robyn Ham created the social enterprise SaskMasks, to provide masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelagh Armour-Godbolt has been volunteering for the past 70 years, and enjoys helping Canadian newcomers learn English. Wow! These are just a few examples of the volunteers recognized for their service in 2020. Do you know a volunteer with an inspiring story? Canada’s Volunteer Awards is still accepting nominations […]Continue Reading
The Great Debate: “Is it time for the end of Corporate Group Volunteering”?
Group volunteering is a central feature of most employer-supported volunteering programs, especially pre-pandemic. Groups of 5, 10, 50, sometimes 100 or more employees are deployed in-person, usually for a day or part of a day, to address a need defined by a community organization. Popular activities include outdoor planting, gardening, painting, clean-up; sorting and organizing food or clothing; mentoring youth or newcomers; or being crew at a big community event. While some of these activities – particularly outdoor and virtual – continue during the pandemic, the needs of community organizations have changed, and health & safety concerns and regulations are […]Continue Reading