Volunteers bring more than their good work
National Volunteer Week, April 12 - 18, is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. first took shape in 1981 when caregivers gathered to support one another through discussions about the challenges of caring for a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The organization that grew from those first meetings was a volunteer-driven organization, and we often refer to that group of family caregivers as our first volunteers.
Today, 34 years later, the Society is still a volunteer-driven organization. Over 400 volunteers work with a provincial staff team of 80 employees. Volunteers work in diverse roles at all levels of the Society, including the Board of Directors who provide leadership and the strategic vision to the organization.
It remains important for the Society to engage and work with volunteers because volunteers add value to every activity in which they are involved. We promote volunteerism because we know volunteers bring the Society essential support.
Volunteers lend their time, energy and talents to the Society and bring a commitment to the Society’s mission. Volunteers might join our team for a variety of different reasons (for example, to meet new people) but ultimately they decide to support the goals, work and values of the organization and this makes the Society stronger.
Volunteers contribute “extra hands”. Volunteers provide the Society with the capacity to reach farther into the province and thus to have the ability to provide programs and services to more people. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. relies on volunteers in communities where there is no full time staff presence.
Volunteers contribute “extra voices”. Volunteers on board, the Society connects to a large group of diverse individuals who with their input on a variety of teams, bring new ideas, new ways of looking at an issue, thoughtful feedback and unique perspectives.
Volunteers bring us community spirit. When we have volunteers with strong ties to their local communities, the Society is strengthened in the areas of advocacy, programs, education. Volunteers bring more than their good work and fundraising. And by introducing the Society to their friends,co-workers and families, volunteers can help build bridges.
In all these ways and so many more, volunteers truly are helping the Society achieve its mission of alleviating the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, promoting public awareness and searching for the causes and the cure.
For information on volunteering with the Society, click here.