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National Volunteer Week

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April 10, 2011


Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA— I believe that in Canada, helping your neighbour is more than a duty; it is a source of pride. This spirit of giving, which often develops at a very young age and helps to define our collective identity, forms the very basis of any dynamic society.

Each of us has a vital role to play in building a smarter, more caring nation. And to realize this vision to which we aspire, we have a responsibility to our youth, who are filled with determination and have so much energy to be channelled into good works.

They need role models, guides and advisors. They need the generations that have come before them—older peers, adults in their prime, seniors who have long served this country—people who are giving generously of their time and of themselves, right across Canada, in service to their fellow citizens.

During National Volunteer Week, I invite Canadians to think about how they can make a difference in their communities and get involved. Let us take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the work of all volunteers.

David Johnston


National Volunteer Week takes place from April 10 to 16, 2011.

To view His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston’s video message, please click on the following link:

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