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Bridging The Gap - Volunteering in Canada

Bridging The Gap - Volunteering in Canada

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 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
First and foremost, we want to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers and voluntary organizationsin building communities, as Canadians and as global citizens. This research is aimed at promoting, supporting andenhancing volunteer engagement and in no way suggests that we do not already enjoy the benefits of the time,talents, skills, energies, passions, and generosity contributed by so many in every corner of our country. We areespecially appreciative to all those who lent their voices, through telephone interviews, on-line surveys, and focusgroups, during the warm summer months of our research.We wish to acknowledge the leadership of Volunteer Canada for recognizing this critical moment in history
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theimportance of gaining a better understanding of what Canadians are seeking in volunteering and howorganizations can better engage volunteers. In particular, we want to recognize Wendy Mitchell, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Fund Development, and Ruth MacKenzie, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada, fortheir foresight and drive to initiate this landmark research study.At the same time, we thank Manulife Financial for being our incredible leading corporate supporter on this project
as part of Manulife’s extensive commitment to supporting volunteerism in Canada. In June 2010, Manulife
announced its new signature cause program surrounding volunteerism with plans to support a host of initiatives
promoting volunteer opportunities that capitalize on people’s unique skills, talents, and interests. We thank all
Manulife employees and financial advisors who represent the corporation for their longstanding community work,and, specifically, Nicole Boivin, Senior Vice-President, HR and Communications, Manulife Financial, and MarthaTerdik, AVP, HR & Communications, Manulife Financial for their exceptional ongoing contributions and support.
 
Sincere appreciation is expressed to the members of our Research Reference Group who contributed theirexpertise and experience, in all phases of this project, offering their insights and feedback around implications forvolunteer engagement strategies. We thank co-chairs Nicole Boivin and Wendy Mitchell; Caroline Andrew,Christopher Stoney, Robin Wisener, Shawn Menard, and Jacqueline Nyiramukwende.We are enormously grateful to the six host organizations whose efforts ensured that we captured the voices of people of all ages around the country. Many thanks to the staff and volunteers of Joe
s Place, Moose Jaw; VantagePoint, Vancouver; Service bénévole de l'Est de Montréal,
 
Montreal; The Centre for Northern Families, Yellowknife;Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Centre, Chester; Centretown Citizens Community Association, Ottawa, whoenthusiastically organized focus groups in their communities within a very tight time frame, with participation thatexceeded our expectations.Our research team approached their areas of inquiry with acute focus, curiosity and resourcefulness and we areenormously appreciative of their talent and dedication to this study. The collaboration with Harris-Decimaprovided a valuable dimension to this research and we want to acknowledge Megan Tam and Doug Anderson fortheir involvement in the surveys. We feel fortunate to have Ella Murphy-Zommerschoe as research assistant forthis project; her extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment cannot be overstated.Melanie Hientz, carried out her position of Research Co-ordinator with grace, dedication and absolute brilliance,looking after every detail at every step of the way, with no fear of the distance and speed with which we needed totravel to complete this research on time.This report has been made possible as a result of the dedicated leadership of Paula Speevak Sladowski, who hascontinuously offered her invaluable wisdom and support. Her tireless vision, perseverance and kindness set aninspiring example.Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development

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