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National Volunteer Week 2024

National Volunteer Week 2024

Join Us in Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2024!

Grande Prairie, AB – March 27, 2024 – The anticipation is building as National Volunteer Week (NVW) approaches, and the excitement is palpable in Grande Prairie and across Canada. From April 14 to 20, 2024, we are gearing up to honor the extraordinary contributions of volunteers and volunteer organizations that tirelessly work towards building stronger, more vibrant communities.

This year, the Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations is thrilled to announce an array of engaging activities and partnerships that promise to make NVW 2024 unforgettable. We are proud to collaborate with Pizza Hut, Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities, and Grande Prairie Regional Sports Connect to elevate the celebration to new heights!

Here’s what you can expect during this year’s NVW celebrations:

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

You are cordially invited to the 2024 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon! This event welcomes all volunteer organizations, their volunteers, and any accompanying guests. As volunteering evolves, we seek to show our gratitude during National Volunteer Week.

Join us on April 18 at the Jackpot Grill & Event Centre for the Luncheon. Doors open at 11:30 am, and tickets are priced at $10 each.

Prairie Mall

Back by popular demand, our spring session of Meet Me at the Mall coincides with National Volunteer Week, running from April 16 to 19. 

Stop by the Prairie Mall’s Community Booth throughout the day to learn about a great organization serving our community.

*Meet Me at the Mall schedule subject to change without notice*


Mark your calendars for an exciting learning opportunity! Join the Association and Grande Prairie & Area Safe Communities for the

Collaborative Futures Workshop: Maximizing Non-Profit Funding and Impact. Two sessions are available – one for Executive Directors on April 19th and another for Board Members on April 20th. Tickets are only $10 and include lunch!

Pizza Hut's Slice of Appreciation

The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations would like to thank Grande Prairie’s Pizza Hut for partnering with us for 2024’s National Volunteer Week.  With their support we are able to celebrate Volunteer Board Members with various agencies in our region.

United Way Alberta Northwest

United Way Alberta Northwest appreciates their volunteer board members:

  • Dylan Bressey
  • Anna Obrochta
  • Jan Nutting
  • Craig Ruether
  • Tamara Wuttunee-Campbell
  • Spencer Merlo
  • Danielle Commandeur
  • Amber McGuinness
  • Cristy Stevenson
  • Jennifer Swan

United Way Alberta Northwest Executive Director Tracy Zuk wrote ‘I feel privileged to put forward the members of my board of directors. This exceptional board not only supports the mission of the United Way but also demonstrates a solid commitment to our community. Together, they unite to enhance the strength and well-being of our community.’

Grande Prairie Mission Thrift Store

Grande Prairie Mission Thrift Store appreciates their volunteer board members:

  • Andrea Dunphy – Chairperson
  • Anna Yelligadu – Treasurer
  • Vera Robbins – Director
  • Ben Dyck – Director
  • Herb Coates – Director
  • Shirley Blimpe – Director
  • Marlene Enns – Director
  • Janneth Rueda – Director

They wrote ‘Thank you so much for caring about the best interests of the store and all the ways you help to push us forward.’

Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities

Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities appreciates their volunteer board members:

  • Sif Hansen
  • Victoria Kingston
  • Tina Hewlett
  • Michelle Hodder
  • Jasmine Mutch-Sloat
  • Leona Small
  • Tori Neild

Thank you for your dedication and support to Safe Communities!

Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations

The Grande Prairie Regional Association of Volunteer Organizations would like to thank their Volunteer Board Members:

  • Robin Derksen – President
  • Chandra Oliver – Vice President
  • Brandon Mann – Treasurer
  • Mark Woods – Secretary
  • Steve Madden – Director
  • Heather Llewellyn – Director
  • Kirsten Cummings – Director

They wrote ‘Thank you for the unwavering commitment and insightful guidance you continually provide to our organization. Your leadership has strengthened the bond between our Board and staff, creating a unified team that successfully meets challenges head-on while advancing our shared mission. It’s with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge your invaluable contributions to our collective achievements and the positive impact we make together.’

Centre for Young Parents

Centre for Young Parents (Society for Support to Pregnant and Parenting Teens) / CYP Project Thrift Shop wishes to show appreciation to their volunteer board members: 

  • Spenser Cunningham – Chair
  • Aimee Savory – Treasurer
  • Lynn Berry-Barsalou – Secretary
  • Carrie Young – Director
  • Valerie Norris-Kirk – Director
  • Georgia Greenwood-Duncan – Director
  • Katrina Przybylski – Director

They wrote ‘In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of our amazing board members. We want you to know that your contributions have not gone unnoticed. Your dedication to our organization’s mission has touched the lives of countless young families, leaving an indelible mark on our community and beyond.’

‘It is with profound gratitude and admiration that we thank you, our Board of Directors, for your exceptional leadership, unwavering commitment, and boundless generosity. Your impact extends far beyond the boardroom, shaping the future of our organization and paving the way for a brighter tomorrow. Thank you from all of us at Centre for Young Parents.’

Grande Prairie Downtown Association

Grande Prairie Downtown Association thanks their board members for their support & dedication.

Their Board Members are:

  • Bobbi Jo Matheson – Chair
  • Kristina MacNeil – Vice Chair
  • John Kriska – Treasurer/Secretary
  • Brooks Hoffos – Director
  • Grant Berg – Director
  • Gladys Blackmore – Director
  •  Doug Morris – Director
  • Kim Pinnock – Director
  • Catherine Ridgeway – Director
  • Cliff Headon – Director
  • Don Murray – Director
Peace Charity Canada Association

Peace Charity Canada Association (formerly Xaleyi Senegal Health Foundation) would like to appreciate their following board members: 

  • Teresa Cruz – Treasurer
  • Faduma Hussein – Member
  • Ross Thiessen – Secretary
  • Jama Said Jama – Member

They wrote ‘Thanks to our board for always donating their time and money. They are doing a great job in the community and the organization.’

Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection

Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection thanks their board members for their support & dedication.

Their Board Members are:

  • Mike Lauzon
  • Leigh Goldie
  • Julia Dutove
  • Lisa Hawryliuk
  • Chris Nelissen
  • Tyrone Pike
  • Jeff Smith
  • Kurt Balderston
  • Wendy Bosch
  • Daycie Bohning
  • Hayley Kramps
  • Christine Rawlins

Member agencies are invited to partake in the NVW festivities by collecting a Celebration Cup from our office located at 101, 10101 100 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB, starting April 2, 2024. Each package is filled with party favors and a curated list of activities and suggestions to enhance your celebrations. Share your NVW activities on social media using @VolunteerGP and #NVW2024 to amplify your efforts.

Ideas for your organization to celebrate NVW!

Spotlight Volunteer Stories: Share inspiring volunteer stories through social media, newsletters, or local newspapers. Highlight the impact they’ve made in the community.

Thank You Video: Create a heartfelt video expressing gratitude from staff, beneficiaries, and community members. Feature personal messages, testimonials, and images of volunteers in action.

Social Media Challenges: Launch social media challenges encouraging volunteers to share their experiences, photos, or stories using a specific hashtag. This can help spread awareness and appreciation.

Thank-You Cards and Notes: Encourage community members, beneficiaries, or staff to write thank-you cards or notes expressing their appreciation for volunteers. Collect and distribute these notes during the week.

Volunteer Photo Exhibition: Create a photo exhibition showcasing volunteer activities and the impact they’ve had on the community. Display the exhibition in a local community center, library, or online.

Themed Dress-Up Days: Have a week with different themed dress-up days to bring a sense of fun and unity among volunteers. For example, a “Superhero Day” or “Crazy Hat Day” could add an element of joy to the celebration.

Outdoor Movie Night: Organize an outdoor movie night in a local park or community space. Feature a film that celebrates community and volunteerism and invite volunteers to enjoy a relaxed evening together.

Organizations let us know how you are celebrating National Volunteer Week!

Share your events on our community calendar at https://www.volunteergrandeprairie.com/events-calendar/submit-an-event/ or email your plans to info@volunteergrandeprairie.com.

Stay updated on all NVW activities by following us at @VolunteerGP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.