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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

ADAM OLSEN -- Volunteers are the life force behind many non-government organizations


The third week of April is National Volunteer Week.

It’s the time each year that we collectively pause to acknowledge and appreciate the effort of millions of Canadians and British Columbians. Amidst a global health crisis, the contribution of volunteers is even more pronounced.

Non-profits and charities make a huge contribution in our communities. They provide a human touch, connectivity and for many a reprieve from isolation. Volunteers support vulnerable people, the arts and youth sports, they dedicate their time and efforts to ensure our communities are vibrant and healthy.

Many of the volunteer-run organizations that we have come to depend on are critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time that service delivery has been disrupted, demand is skyrocketing.

Additionally, fundraising has dramatically decreased as businesses are shut down, people have been laid off and financial markets are in chaos.

As we raise our hands in gratitude for everything that volunteers contribute to our communities and organizations, the need for more volunteers right now is greater than ever.

If you would like to help please visit Volunteer BC to learn how volunteering has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can get connected with a local organization or program that needs your assistance.

We can ease the impact of this difficult time by communities coming together and looking out for each other. That is the important work that volunteers do every day.

Thank you to everyone who chooses to spend their time and energy to help lift others up.


Can you help? Here are a few resources that offer a good starting point for you.

Supporting Seniors ... Contact BC211 to volunteer with the new Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program

Charities/Non-Profits ... check out Charity Village for a variety of opportunities.


Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) … serves as the Member for Saanich North and the Islands and Interim Leader for the BC Green Party. Born in Victoria, BC, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.



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