Nova Scotia Marks National Volunteer Week

The work of 70 Nova Scotia volunteers was celebrated at an award ceremony today, April 24, to kick off Nova Scotia's recognition of volunteer week.

This year's national volunteer week runs April 27 to May 3, and pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who donate their time and energy. Nearly one-half of all Nova Scotians volunteer giving the province one of the highest rates of volunteer hours contributed in Canada.

"Volunteers are essential to our high quality of life and part of the fabric and spirit that makes Nova Scotia's communities prosperous, both socially and economically," said Premier Rodney MacDonald. "On behalf of all Nova Scotians, thank you to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers provincewide that make this province strong."

The voluntary sector is a powerful economic force in Nova Scotia with more than 5,800 non-profit and voluntary organizations benefitting from 73 million hours of volunteer time.

"Volunteers give of themselves every day by providing many services, including emergency assistance, health-care support, educational services and sport leadership," said Barry Barnet, Minister of Volunteerism.

"Government is working to foster strong, collaborative relationships and partnerships with volunteers and volunteer organizations across Nova Scotia."

Media Contact: John Muir
Health Promotion and Protection

Published on: 2008-04-24

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