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Volunteer Celebrations

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time in Canada to celebrate and thank volunteers. During the week the Association, our partners, members and sponsors celebrate volunteers for their dedication and generosity. NVW is also an opportunity to promote the benefits of volunteering to individuals and society.

For more information about NVW national campaign visit Volunteer Canada at https://volunteer.ca/index.php?MenuItemID=379.

Upcoming National Volunteer Week dates:

  • NVW 2022 – April 24 to 30
  • NVW 2023 – April 16 to 22
  • NVW 2024 – April 14 to 20
National Volunteer Week April 24-30 2022

During the Pandemic, many non-profits reported increased demand for programs and services while lacking resources to provide them. Half reported pandemic-related losses in revenue. Despite these challenges, organizations, staff and volunteers continue to deliver programs, providing necessary and lifesaving support. Non-profits, their staff, and volunteers enrich our quality of life by promoting mental and physical health, social equity, education, the arts, sports and recreation, the environment, child development, senior care, and much more. 

This year the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations (the Association) celebrated and recognized the volunteers and not-for-profit organizations in our community that make a difference. 

In partnership with the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, we presented the Chamber Non-Profit/Charitable Sector Business Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Jackpot Grill & Events Centre (10904 – 92 Avenue, Grande Prairie). This event provided the public with the opportunity to learn more about local charities and non-profits.

Recognizing Volunteer Board Members

Often overlooked throughout the year the Association encouraged non-profits/charities to recognize their volunteer Board Members for NVW. With a special week of our Tim Hortons Volunteers of the Week program we recognized 59 volunteer directors from eight organizations.

2022 National Volunteer Week Proclamation signed by the City and County of Grande Prairie
National Volunteer Week Proclamation from the City and County of Grande Prairie- April 24 - 30 2022

The Association would like to thank the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, the City of Grande Prairie, Government of Alberta and Volunteer Alberta for supporting this year’s National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week 2022 supported by:

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (December 5), more commonly referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD), is an international observance mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985.

International Volunteer Day is celebrated by many non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector, among others. It is also marked and supported by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

IVD is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining United Nations support with a grassroots mandate, the day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.

IVD is marked around the world every year in over 80 countries annually. For more information on International Volunteer Day visit https://www.unv.org/.

In recognition of IVD, Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations presents the Volunteer of the Year Awards and the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards presented by ATCO at an online or in-person ceremony. The event also includes the City of Grande Prairie’s Annual Volunteer Awards.

Watch the 2021 Volunteer Awards presentation at https://youtu.be/ZH2B_W0btoE.

For more information on International Volunteer Day visit https://www.unv.org/international-volunteer-day-2021.
International Volunteer Day