On this National Volunteer Week, I am very pleased to share with you this new CEO Blog series. As President and CEO of Breakfast Club of Canada, I am committed to forging strong ties with the community, always with the objective of continuing to help children across the country reach their full potential.
The well-being of children, whether it be those affected by poverty, social exclusion, food insecurity and anything in between. has been and continues to be of the utmost importance in guiding my actions both in my personal and professional life. When I joined Breakfast Club of Canada over three years ago, I was determined to ensure that the Club not only continues to expand its reach across the country, but also build its relationships with the communities we serve, as the daily contribution of volunteers and members of the community is essential to the success of organizations like ours.
Today, I would like to invite you to explore the possibility of giving your time, volunteering in the community.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned in the 40 years I have worked in the community sector, it’s that there is always a need for more support. During this National Volunteer Week, we can all look at the various ways in which we can become more involved in our respective communities.
It can be as simple as gathering information on local organizations that operate in our area and how we can get involved with them. Those who volunteer their time with organizations in their neighbourhoods often gain great satisfaction from the experience, as they see how simple it is to make a concrete difference in the lives of those around them.
Another great way to get involved locally is by offering our help at local schools and participating in regional events. We can join a mentorship program and become a positive influence for the youth in our neighbourhood. Or perhaps spend time with those more isolated who would appreciate the company.
Another critically important action is to spread the word with our surroundings on causes that are important to us and to encourage others to get involved. Awareness always plays a key role for so many organizations and having people on the ground who share causes they care about can help increase notoriety within the community.
When it comes to volunteering, every action counts. It is an incredibly personal choice and I encourage you to experience it in your own way. I am confident that we can all make a difference in our own way, no matter what we have to offer.
Every action, big or small, makes an important difference in our local communities. I strongly believe that a life is never fully lived without the gift of self.
Have a great National Volunteer Week!