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Prime Minister Proposed a Statement on National Volunteer Week: Trudeau Government!

Written by MKTLIST Blog Team Published On : April 17, 2018 879
Prime Minister Proposed a Statement on National Volunteer Week: Trudeau Government!

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, finally gave a big statement on the following event National Volunteer Week in Toronto:

"During National Volunteer Week, we recognize Canadians who improve the lives of others, and build a better country, one selfless act at a time.

"This year's theme, 'Celebrate the value of volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections, and community,' reminds us that when we give our time and talent, we gain even more. We meet new people, learn valuable skills, and broaden our horizons. We draw our communities closer together and show that even the smallest act of kindness can make our country and our world a better place.

"The Government of Canada is dedicated to making sure more young people have opportunities to serve. Earlier this year, we launched the first phase of Canada Service Corps, the country's first national youth service initiative. We are working with young Canadians to create a program that will provide them with meaningful volunteer and service opportunities and inspire a new culture of service across the country.

"Volunteers accomplish extraordinary things every day, often with little recognition. When Canada's Volunteer Awards open for nominations later this week, I hope all Canadians take the time to nominate someone they know who is changing lives – and bettering our communities – through service.

"When we give back, we raise each other up. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank all volunteers, whose service and selflessness move this country forward and bring us all closer together."

-Toronto is spotting the contributions of 25 individuals from the whole city for the legacy award for their wonderful work as volunteers. The Legacy Awards are organized by the Volunteer Toronto, which is Canada’s largest volunteer center and correlated with that of National Volunteer Week, happening from April 15-21, 2018.

Recipients of the 2018 Legacy Awards include:

•    Andrew Greaves, who within a few weeks of his arrival as a gay refugee claimant, started volunteering to help other LGBQT+ newcomers. He’s the creative force behind a newcomer-led cooking program and has trained as a peer support volunteer, accompanying newcomers to appointments across the city.

•    Doug Hodge who helps bring the joys of fishing to youth who typically wouldn’t ever get the chance. For the annual Gone Fishin’ event, he helps coordinate and fills a local pool with trout, standing by to help kids reel them in.

•    Katie Heggtveit, one of the youngest recipients at only 21, founded an initiative to support at-risk youth through boot camps hosted at shelters across the city. Her boot camps focus on physical and mental health and are now scaling across Canada with local postsecondary institutions supporting the expansion.

Quick Facts:

•    The 2018 Legacy Awards will be the sixth annual volunteer recognition event in Toronto.

•    More than 100 nominations were submitted for the Legacy Awards, tapping into a strong network of non-profits in Toronto who put-forth volunteers that have gone above and beyond.

•    Since 2011, 80 Torontonians have been recognized with Volunteer Toronto Legacy Awards.

•    The 2018 Legacy Awards will be presented on April 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., Francis D’Souza of CityNews Toronto will be the host of the ceremony.

•    Volunteer Toronto is a charity funded by the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and the United Way.

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