IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ on the first United Nations Volunteer's "State of the World's Volunteerism' Report" (SWVR)

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Member's Statement

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Cuso International and Volunteer Canada have partnered to launch the first State of the World's Volunteerism Report, launched today at the UN General Assembly and in 70 other countries, coinciding with International Volunteer Day. The report calls for making volunteer action an integral part of sustainable human development, highlighting the need to measure volunteerism and its inclusion among the greatest assets of nations. It recognizes volunteerism and its underlying values, demonstrating its relevance for the millennium development goals.

     The generosity of Canadian volunteers has made a significant contribution to the well-being of our communities. Volunteerism embodies the drive to help at home and abroad. It fosters inclusion and helps people make a concrete positive impact in our world.

    The federal government has an important role to play in the volunteer sector, in supporting the work of Canada's volunteers and revamping volunteerism in Canada. Positive change requires both financial and human investment.

    I thank volunteers in our communities, across Canada and around the world.