This is National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2021, a week to reflect on how the spirit of volunteersim impacts all of our lives on a daily basis.
The theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals, and the magic that happens when people work together towards a common purpose.
This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbours, and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society.
It is essential that we recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and that we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together.
The power of people working together can bring about monumental changes; people work together on legislative changes related to impaired driving, same sex marriage, and assisted dying.
This years theme for National Volunteer Week is a nod to our past, a reflection of our present, and a wink to our future.
The Value of One, the Power of Many was the theme for National Volunteer Week in 2001, The International Year of Volunteers. It beautifully reflects the individual and collective efforts, that have come to the forefront during this pandemic, and it sets the tone for re-imagining the next 20 years as the value of one act and the power of many enables us all to thrive together.
Volunteers are amazing!