The National Volunteer Week 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 we work together towards a common purpose. This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbors and strangers, people standing up to systemic racism, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society. We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together.
2021 Marks the 20th anniversary of International Year of Volunteers, Canada Code for Volunteer Involvement, and the signing of the Accord between the Government of Canada and non-profit and charitable sectors. April 18th to 24th, 2021 is National Volunteer Week and on April 20th we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Day. PWC (Peachland Wellness Centre) honors all our precious volunteers.
April is a time to recognize the power of all volunteers and their impact on social issues, improving our community, and changing the world. We did not imagine focusing on virtual volunteer recognition especially for a second year. Due to COVID-19 and its variants we will not be holding any Volunteer recognition events and most likely won’t for some time.
PWC does however celebrate all those who have been able to step up to support people in Peachland and work together following the PWC mission and core values. All of us at PWC recognize the dedication, time, and effort our volunteers provide and the causes we all care about. We also recognize all those volunteers who stepped back from volunteering to protect themselves and others.
The power of many people keeping their distance helps protect our community. The value of one, the power of many. Our volunteers support families and friends and create awareness for important work of millions of volunteers across Canada.
During COVID many of our volunteers are giving of their time to deliver groceries, pick up medication, provide administration support, make wellness calls, and provide many other supports for programs and services such as Bereavement.
We need to nod to our past, reflect on our present, and wink to our future.
Not only do we wish to acknowledge and show appreciation of our volunteers during the designated week and day, but we in fact recognize the value year-round of all the work volunteers do to help others. Keep up the good work and remember as identified in the ability of PWC to operate it is the value of one, the power of many that make PWC what it is.
BE KIND, BE CALM, BE SAFE
Volunteer Coordinator, April 2021