A ‘Time To Give’ Thanks!

Collins dictionary defines ‘community’ as:

  • The community is all the people who live in a particular area or place.
  • A particular community is a group of people who are similar in some way.
  • Community is friendship between different people or groups, and a sense of having something in common.

Held annually during National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21, 2018), the ‘Time To Give’ Breakfast celebrates volunteerism and the spirit of community. On Thursday, April 19, supporters in Guelph Wellington gathered to share food, friendship and the feeling of community.

With speakers and video, the ‘Time To Give’ breakfast showcased ‘Why Community Matters’ through the pillars of work at PIN, The People and Information Network. With many thanks to the following speakers for their inspirational words:

  • ‘Why Volunteering Matters’ with Emma Rogers – Director of Community Relations and Engagement at United Way
  • ‘Why Information Matters’ with Faed Hendry – Certified Information & Referral Specialist who is Manager of Training and Outreach with Findhelp Information Services in Toronto.
  • ‘Why Leadership Matters’ with Peter Barrow – Owner of Petrona Associates Ltd , a corporate professional development and training company.

Impact videos crafted by local videographer Liam Magahay highlighted agency members of PIN including Focus On Nature, Guelph Dance and Lakeside Hope House along with volunteer engagement professionals Katrina Burch – Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington, Brenda Walsh – Children’s Foundation, Becca MacDougall – Student Volunteer Connections at the University of Guelph and Mary Black – Wellington Terrace.

Through content carefully weaved to tell a story, the videos draw attention to the importance of Community Information by PIN team members Geraldine Howitt and Megan McKay who shared examples of experiences. Additional leadership highlights were showcased by Chris Willard – Guelph Community Foundation, Kelly Schaefer – Career Education Council, Jaya James – Lakeside Hope House and Christine Oldfield – PIN, The People and Information Network.

Thank you to our speakers, video participants and videographer; your talent, experience and wisdom clearly showed ‘Why Community Matters’. Uplifting and impactful, these threads of community, leadership and volunteerism showed the importance and value of community and a perfect fit as we celebrated National Volunteer Week.

For photos of the event, please visit Facebook and watch for video soon!

Many thanks to our sponsors who know ‘Why Community Matters’ and the #ValueOfVolunteering.

We thank you! #GratitudeGW

Posted on April 22, 2018