Executive Council
April 25, 2008

Minister Celebrates Volunteer Week

Volunteer Week is April 27 - May 3 and the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister Responsible for the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector, will be participating in a number of events to celebrate volunteers.

This years theme, Volunteers! You�re Part of the Picture, speaks to the fact that volunteers play a major part in contributing economically, socially, and culturally to the community. Volunteers aid in providing a quality of life that sees people happier, healthier and more productive in their personal and professional lives.

"I encourage the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to join with me in recognizing and celebrating the time and effort volunteers put into the community," said Minister Hedderson. "We are continuing to strengthen the relationship between government and the voluntary and non-profit sector to make the best use of all our skills and resources. We want to support the sector as it strives to improve its capacity and address the challenges shared by so many of us in a quickly changing society."

Minister Hedderson is planning appearances in communities across the province and is currently scheduled to be at events on the following dates:

Sunday April 27 - Volunteer Week Opening Ceremony, Fairmont Hotel, St. John�s, 7:00 p.m.

Monday April 28 - Volunteer Week Recognition Dinner presented by the Labrador-Grenfell Health Board, Grenfell Hospital, St. Anthony, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 30 - Reception to honour youth volunteers, Main Lobby, East Block, Confederation Building, 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 30 - Irish Loop Volunteer Awards, Witless Bay and Area Kinsmen Centre, Witless Bay, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday May 1 - CBS Volunteer Appreciation Reception, Worsley Park, Chamberlains, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday May 4 � Reception to celebrate Volunteer Week, Hotel Gander, Gander, 7:00 p.m.


Media contact:

Lesley Clarke
Communications Specialist
Volunteer and Non-Profit Secretariat
709-729-6026, 699-2910

2008 04 25                                                     4:00 p.m.

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