Opinion

Helping to make a better society

It’s difficult to put a dollar value on the efforts of volunteers in our society but one certainly comes to mind: priceless.

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close for another year it would be wise for all of us to ponder the benefits of those thousands of individuals who give of themselves on virtually a daily basis for no monetary consideration.

“Volunteers provide an outstanding example of selflessness that others can look up to, and are the foundation of the strength in our community,” said Jacqueline Salvino, volunteer engagement co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society. “They are the people who we turn to in a time of need; they are the neighbours who support us, and the courageous that fight for us.”

And, of course, it’s not just the Cancer Society that’s grateful for what volunteers contribute all year round.

“Our volunteers participate as instructors of recreational programs; assist at community events; help with renovating and cleaning our buildings and outside spaces; support our media efforts,” said Richelle Lawrence, events coordinator at Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. “Every volunteer role is critical to the work we do with children, youth and families.”

Every agency feels the same way about their volunteers and many recognized them this past week with events and personal praise, and deservedly so.

We also praise the thousands of volunteers who make the North Okanagan a wonderful place to live on a daily basis and encourage those who have the time and the inclination to help to please do so.

There is always a shortage of volunteers and the problem appears to be getting worse. Although the pay may be non-existent, the personal rewards you receive for making a difference in an individual’s life is oftentimes priceless.

 

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