When I first moved into Regina in 1980 or 1981, I didn’t really know who or what I should get involved with or in!
I was working with the Provincial Government’s Department of Environment and going out with friends and generally being an 18 year old kid.
Eventually, I started volunteering and ended up with a group called the Rowdy Gang. We were a volunteer branch of the Regina Exhibition Association. What a ride that was. This eventually led to being on the Buffalo Days Parade committee.
In May of 1986, I began working with 620 CKCK radio. The world of volunteering opened up with the interaction of organizations through work. Plus, as it is in radio, you are expected to participate in other activities.
As I reflect, it wasn’t until I had moved to Red Deer, Alberta that I realized the true importance of volunteer based organizations. The countless hours that are accumulated by people helping develop ideas and activities and making them happen.
This week has always been special. People who give selflessly are recognized for the things they do locally, provincially and even on a national level. Celebrations are held in communities of all sizes. Some celebrations are bigger than others.
If you donate blood, you are a volunteer. If you belong to an organization like the Kinsmen, the Shrine, Optimist – you are a volunteer. By selling poppies for the Legion, collecting door to door for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, answering phones for the Humane Society or the M.S. Society you are a volunteer.
The website that helps people find ways to celebrate the volunteer in all of us is a worth while view. It might give you some incentive to become a volunteer. It will give you ideas on how to celebrate the hard work.
Sometimes all it requires is reaching out for a helping hand! In my experience, volunteering is rewarding in so many ways. Not always is that reward in the form of an award or certificate, but a genuine face to face THANK YOU!