On-going support for volunteerism in our community
I believe that strong and active volunteer groups make for healthy, enriched communities. This thought is at the core of my Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative, released in 2019.
The last couple of years have been challenging, but generous and caring acts by local volunteers have made a remarkable difference in Kanata and West Carleton.
My Community Office staff have been proactive in providing support to local volunteer groups and community associations. We have promoted greater engagement and an awareness of volunteerism in our community. We have used social media, traditional and community news, as well as presentations to help profile the programs and achievements of volunteer efforts.
Over the past two years we have also held four volunteer roundtable discussions – the most recent being in February 2022. Approximately three dozen organizations have participated in our roundtables. Reports on the discussions are sent out to more than 70 contacts representing over 50 volunteer organizations. By sharing the news and insights of our volunteers we strengthen the network of local groups that do so much to help those who are most in need in our community.
Through the years I have worked with community associations and helped to profile their neighbourhood activities. I have toured many facilities to speak with volunteers, from the Shepherds of Good Hope housing project on Castlefrank Road to the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre in Carp. The Province has provided financial support for everything from the Kanata Seniors’ Centre to the Diefenbunker Museum.
A recent announcement that was great fun was the ribbon cutting event hosted by the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association. Local sledders are responsible for realizing a dream of retrofitting the interprovincial rail bridge that spans the Ottawa River – and, today, we now have in our own backyard the longest snowmobile bridge in the world. The bridge is a tremendous recreational asset for our community and the Province was pleased to help finance the $425,000 project. I was happy to support Paul McDonald and all the sledders who made this possible.
Volunteer efforts, like those of the sledders,are very important to our community. Through the pandemic and natural disasters that have impacted our community, we have gained a full appreciation for the value of volunteerism. Volunteers are the glue of our community and I am very pleased to be supporting their efforts.
Thank you to all who participate in the volunteer activities in Kanata and West Carleton.
You can get more information about the community volunteer roundtable discussions by contacting my office.
Please do not hesitate to connect with me and my Community Office staff if there is something we can do for you and your family.
This article appeared in Community Voice, March 17, 2022