Thank Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

sunriseNational Volunteer Week is this April 15 – 21, 2018. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and thank Guelph and Wellington’s 98,000 volunteers! How are we celebrating? Here’s how:

With support from community minded business, PIN, The People and Information Network provided 4000 Caring Community Cards for distribution to volunteers who support our member agencies as a thank you for their great work.

In addition, PIN will celebrate volunteerism at our annual Time To Give Breakfast, April 19, where we will welcome 3 keynote speakers as we explore ‘Why Community Matters’:

Why Volunteering Matters – Emma Rogers

As Director of Community Relations and Engagement at United Way, Emma considers herself one of the lucky ones who have the opportunity to be a persuader of philanthropy. Emma has been working and supporting non-profits within Guelph for upwards of ten years. Whether it is chairing GuelphGives, co-chairing Guelph’s Women in Leadership lunch, or sitting on various committees, such as the Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee or the Dufferin Board of Trade’s Ambassador Committee, Emma’s motivation is local impact.

Through Emma’s work in the community the focus is always positive change, helping raise over 3.5 million dollars annually for our community through her work at United Way, she empowers over 350 volunteers to support local non-profits while educating workplaces on how to better engage employees through philanthropy.

Emma has been a recipient of Guelph’s 40 under 40 award as well as the Guelph Mayoral Award in 2017.

Why Information Matters – Faed Hendry, Findhelp Information Services, Toronto

Faed Hendry is a Certified Information & Referral Specialist who is Manager of Training and Outreach with Findhelp Information Services in Toronto. He has worked in various capacities at Findhelp since 1989.  Prior to working for Findhelp, he worked as a Community Development Coordinator for Volunteer Toronto,  Faed regularly conducts training and credentialing programs related to information, assessment and referral throughout Ontario and North America.

Faed has served as the Chairperson of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) Standards Committee which developed the most recent edition of the Professional Standards for Information & Referral and Quality Indicators. AIRS is a professional membership association with over 1,000 organizations. Faed is also the immediate past-president of AIRS and conducts regular accreditation site visits to Community Information Centres and 211 agencies throughout North America.

Why Leadership Matters – Peter Barrow

Peter is the owner of Petrona Associates Ltd , a corporate professional development and training company.  He is formerly the Chair of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington and Chair of Hopewell Homes and has served on several Boards over the past 40 years.  He received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in business and public service from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce in 2016.


Our Time To Give Breakfast will also feature video content showcasing the impact of our pillars of work – Volunteer Network, Community Information and Non Profit Leadership by local videographer Liam Magahay.

But that is not all! Guelph Tribune will be running a special feature in the newspaper as well as the Wellington Advertiser, appreciating volunteers in our community and the PIN team will again plant a garden in honour of volunteers in the Royal City Park.

To our community’s volunteers – thank you for all your efforts this past year. Every baked good you made, all the miles you drove, the events you hosted and the children you mentored, the elders you visited are amazing examples of this community’s special philanthropic spirit. Your willingness to participate embodies what it means to build community together. Thank you!

Last, but not least, we ask YOU to join us in thanking volunteers on social media using #GratitudeGW. Snap a photo of volunteers in action, or simply express your thanks for all the great work volunteers do on a daily basis.

National Volunteer Week is sponsored by Old Quebec Street Shoppes.  Located in the scenic heart of downtown Guelph, Old Quebec Street occupies a unique role in the history of the city—a role which continues to evolve with time. Part shopping centre, part office space, Old Quebec Street provides a charming and memorable experience to visitors; an experience that is intimately tied to its history.

Many thanks to Old Quebec Street Shoppes for their sponsorship and helping “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community.” 


Posted on April 5, 2018