Author and physician, Dr. Rachel Remen sums up the meaning of service very distinctly: “True service is a relationship between people who bring the full resource of their combined humanity to the table and share them generously. Service is another way of life … service is a relationship between equals … In helping, we may find a sense of satisfaction … in serving we have an experience of gratitude.”
Volunteerism truly relates to the giving and receiving of resources. The act itself embodies the sharing of passion, skills, time, talents, stories of survivorship, inspiration and so much more. Whether you are a leader of volunteers, a volunteer or the recipient of volunteer efforts, you know firsthand the impact of this selfless service.
In my role at the Breast Cancer Society, I am truly awed by our volunteers and their passion to move our mission forward. They inspire me daily not just with the gift of their time but with their generosity of spirit. Everyone who has ever been affected by breast cancer has benefited directly or indirectly from the support of volunteers. I am also inspired by the Breast Cancer Society’s leadership and Board of Directors. Their unwavering support strategies strengthen volunteer engagement and the development of standards for involving individuals in meaningful ways that meet everyone’s needs.
National Volunteer Week is one of my favourite weeks! It is a time when organizations collectively celebrate over 12.7 million volunteers in Canada while promoting volunteerism as a whole. It is also a wonderful opportunity for professionals in the management and leadership of volunteers to connect, plan and execute local and provincial recognition events. While ongoing gratitude is always given to our own team of volunteers, National Volunteer Week lends us the opportunity to shout THANK YOU from the rooftop!
Coordinator of Volunteer Resources