Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development
April 8, 2019

Provincial Government Celebrates Volunteer Week

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, is encouraging all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to celebrate the inspiring and immeasurable work of volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Community sector representatives, as well as the 2019 honorary chairs, Raylene Mackey – a youth leader, Hasan Hai of Project Kindness NL, and Carl English with the St. John’s Edge, joined Premier Ball who signed a proclamation to recognize April 7-13 as 2019 Volunteer Week.

This year’s theme is The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities, which highlights the exponential impact of volunteers and how they lift their communities.

The community sector in particular generates significant employment, and its members, both paid and volunteer, help build healthy, dynamic and prosperous communities. The Provincial Government, in partnership with the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and community organizations throughout the province, is finalizing a work plan to recognize and support the social and economic contributions of the community sector and its volunteer-led organizations.

Through a comprehensive engagement process, over 275 volunteers and community sector employees shared the challenges faced as well as the tremendous potential that exists when government, community and other partners work together.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are over 200,000 active volunteers, which means almost half of the province’s population volunteers in some capacity.

For a list of events being held throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate Volunteer Week, visit: communitysector.nl.ca/.

“Volunteers work tirelessly to strengthen and enrich Newfoundland and Labrador by serving our communities and representing our culture of giving. The work they do is invaluable and immeasurable. It is truly an honour to thank all volunteers for helping to make our province such a wonderful and welcoming place. ”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“This week is an opportunity to recognize the importance of volunteerism and to thank the province’s volunteers for the essential role they play in our society. It is also a wonderful time to encourage each other to become more active in our communities through volunteering.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

“The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities says it all as every day we all benefit from some activity led and driven by volunteers. From choirs, to service clubs, health support, youth groups, activities for seniors, arts, heritage and tourism venues, to advocacy groups who work to make our world better, the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with many partners, is proud to support Volunteer Week 2019 as we highlight the extraordinary contribution of volunteers in Newfoundland and Labrador. This week builds friendships and good will all around the province and it’s a great time to appreciate our volunteers."
Penelope Rowe
Chief Executive Officer, Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Media contacts
Erin Sulley
Office of the Premier

Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977

Penelope Rowe
Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

2019 04 08                              3:30 p.m.