Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2017

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29. It's the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the amazing volunteers in our communities whose efforts ensure we have access to the recreational, cultural and social programs that matter.

From students to seniors and newcomers to those Alberta-born and raised, volunteers are drawn from all walks of life. All share a common desire to make a difference in the lives of their families, friends, neighbours and communities.

During Volunteer Week 2017, the Government of Alberta is proud to join all Albertans on saluting our remarkable Volunteers. Events and activities recognizing the important contributions of volunteers will be taking place in 98 communities province-wide.

2017 Participating Communities

To get more information on activities near you please refer to the List of Participating Communities and contact your local organizer.

The History of National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week was first proclaimed in Canada in 1943. Women's Voluntary Services in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver organized special events to draw the public's attention to the vital contribution women made to the war efforts on the home front.

In the late 1960s, the idea of a designated week to honour volunteers was revived, and focus was broadened to include all community volunteers. During the 1970s and 1980s this special week grew in importance with local volunteer centres.

In 1990, the third week in April was proclaimed National Volunteer Week in all communities across the country. This week is now firmly established as the highlight of the year for paying tribute to Canada's volunteers.

Local, regional, national and international events are held throughout the week to increase awareness of the important role of volunteers and nonprofit/voluntary sector and to encourage volunteerism in our communities.


Alla Honcharuk, Program Coordinator
E-mail: Alla Honcharuk

Dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta
Fax: 780-427-4155

Last reviewed/revised: March 20, 2017
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