Volunteer Week officially underway

Volunteer Central has kicked off a week of celebrations in honour of volunteer associations across Canada, as well as their new location in town.

Throughout the City, there are a number of organizations that will be highlighted to showcase their work, missions and volunteers.

The organizations being honoured this week include the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, the Lending Cupboard, Meals on Wheels and the Magdalene House Society.

“Without volunteers, there are so many services that wouldn’t exist anymore or that would be much smaller,” Danielle Black Fortin, program manager for Volunteer Central. “An example is Blood Services – when you show up, you are walked through by volunteers, you are treated and finished up by volunteers. Volunteers are almost everywhere you look.”

In Canada, volunteering equals approximately 1.1 million full-time jobs. There are more than 70 volunteer services in the greater Red Deer area.

City Councillor Lynne Mulder officially announced Volunteer Week on behalf of Mayor Tara Veer and the City of Red Deer.

“To me, this is such a special week. I happen to be a volunteer, and have been from the moment my foot stepped off the plane when I arrived from Toronto,” said Mulder. “It’s special because I think we are celebrating and recognizing people who make a huge contribution to people in need and they make a difference. They give up themselves and they give up their time to help others who need an enhanced quality of life.”

Mulder began volunteering in Alberta at the Alberta Winter Games. Now, along with her council duties she is heavily involved in several organizations including the SPCA, United Way and Junior Achievement.

“Without volunteers, we are nothing. Without them running the services they do, we would not be the same City,” said Mulder.

Kimberly Darbyson was on hand representing the Learning Disability Association of Red Deer to accept the honour of being recognized during Volunteer Week.

“With limited financial resources and two-part time staff, it is essential that we rely on volunteers to carry out our purpose, which is to support people with learning disabilities along with their families and the professionals working with them.”

Darbyson went on to explain some of the main challenges for people with learning disabilities and the programs that LDA offers to give support to those in need.

Learning disabilities can include anyone who, due to a neurological condition, has difficulty storing, processing or producing information.

Volunteer Week is a way for Canadians to take some time and think about the members in their community who serve as volunteers, and to appreciate the work volunteers do around the City, nation and world.

For more information on how to begin volunteering, visit www.volunteercentral.ca.

reporter@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

FCC host forum featuring sportscaster Brian Williams

The forum is part hopes to educate, reenergerize, inspire and inform producers

Country star Brett Kissel releases new album

Kissel excited to make a stop in Red Deer

Westerner Park takes home international prize for Urban Farm Project

Organizer said she wanted to create an urban farm that would connect urban dwellers to agriculture

Glamorous Red Deer clothing on display

Red Deer MAG showcases stylish dresses worn through the City’s history

Santa launches holiday blood drive at Red Deer clinic

The Berry Family was on site to encourage others to give blood

CP Holiday Train steams into Lacombe

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train delighted residents of Lacombe on Dec. 6

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Higher winds could complicate California wildfire fight

The expected strength of the winds have reached uncharted territory

North Korea says war is inevitable

North Korea says war is inevitable as allies continue war games

UPDATE: Al Franken resigns from Senate amid allegations

Announcement coming from Sen. Franken amid fresh accusations

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said 62 per cent of registered voters favoured reform.

YouTube Canada Reveals the top videos of 2017

From a sea lion that got a bit too frisky to a toddler stealing popcorn from Prince Harry - we watched it all

Canadians urged to exercise caution in Middle East ahead of protests

Protests are in reaction to Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Feds planning to push back delivery date for new fighter jets: sources

The Liberals had planned to buy 18 Super Hornets

Most Read