Next week time to laud volunteers

Volunteer Cowichan is preparing for April’s week-long salute to the thousands of Cowichan Valley volunteers

Volunteer Cowichan is preparing for April’s week-long salute to the thousands of Cowichan Valley volunteers who gladly donate time and energy to others.

National volunteer week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers contributing 2.1 billion hours countrywide. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace.

“During national volunteer week April 10-16, several events will showcase volunteerism in the Cowichan Valley,” said Anne-Marie Koeppen, Volunteer Cowichan’s volunteer services coordinator.

To kick things off coupons for a free cup of coffee will be distributed to volunteers by Cowichan Valley organizations.

“The ever popular volunteer coffee break is supported by local business as a token of thanks and in appreciation to volunteers for their ongoing volunteer efforts,” said Koeppen.

The 4th Annual Leaders of Tomorrow Awards event celebrating youth volunteers aged six to 24 is scheduled for          April 15 at the Island Savings Centre.

“This event is all about the nomination. The purpose of the event is to encourage nominees to continue their volunteer and leadership activities, and to acknowledge that all voluntary contributions are valuable to the community,” said Koeppen.