Volunteer Week in Alberta, April 10 - 16, 2016
Join the celebration with millions of volunteers across Canada during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. Communities throughout Alberta and across the nation will recognize the important contributions of volunteers with events and awareness campaigns.
National Volunteer Week - Greetings from Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Alberta Culture and Tourism.
List of Participating Communities 2016
For additional information on what’s happening in your community during National Volunteer Week, please click on Volunteer Alberta’s Events button:
Last year, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Alberta, with the support of the Government of Alberta, launched Volunteerville: an interactive, social media-based campaign celebrating Alberta volunteers.
Volunteerville inspires volunteers to share their stories and experiences using social media. When participants use the hashtag #volunteerville on Twitter and Instagram, photos and stories automatically appear on Volunteerville, creating a story of volunteerism in Alberta. People can also participate by uploading images and stories directly on the website.
Use the #volunteerville, share your story, and let's make volunteering go viral!
The History of National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week was first proclaimed in Canada in 1943. Women's Voluntary Services in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver organized special events to draw the
public's attention to the vital contribution women made to the war efforts on the home front.
In the late 1960s, the idea of a designated week to honour volunteers was revived, and focus was broadened to include all community volunteers. During the 1970s and 1980s
this special week grew in importance with local volunteer centres.
In 1990, the third week in April was proclaimed National Volunteer Week in all communities across the country. This week is now firmly established as the highlight of the
year for paying tribute to Canada's volunteers.
Local, regional, national and international events are held throughout the week to increase awareness of the important
role of volunteers and nonprofit/voluntary sector and to encourage volunteerism in our communities.
Alla Honcharuk, Program Coordinator
E-mail: Alla Honcharuk
Dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta
Last reviewed/revised: June 27, 2016