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Help Us Celebrate National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is April 21 to 27, 2013, and it's an ideal time to recognize and celebrate the incredible work volunteers do across Canada.

Scouts Canada is very fortunate to have more than 27,000 well-trained and caring volunteers dedicated to delivering high-quality programming to more than 74,000 Canadian children and youth. Each day these volunteers make a difference in the lives of our children by encouraging them to engage in their community and helping them grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

During National Volunteer Week, we would like to invite youth, parents and friends of Scouting to take a minute and thank the Scouting volunteers in their lives.

There are many ways to thank a Scouting volunteer – from simply taking the time to say 'thank you' at your regular meeting or event to creating a card with a message detailing your appreciation.

Scouts Canada also offers easy ways for you to formally thank a Scouter during National Volunteer Week, or any other day of the year:

Outstanding Service Awards
Do you know a Scouter who has performed an outstanding act or service? Did you know that you can have them recognized formally for their exceptional work? All you have to do is visit scouts.ca/thanks and fill out the commendation form. Scouters receive a certificate each time they are commended and as they accumulate commendations, they become eligible for future Outstanding Service Awards and recognized with a medal and uniform insignia.

Local Hero Program
The Local Hero Program was established to recognize Scouters (current or past) who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer role. With a donation of $20 or more you will be recognizing a Scouter for their extraordinary work. All money donated through the Local Hero Program supports our No One Left Behind program that enables children and youth from low income families to participate in Scouting adventures.

Nominated Scouters will receive a special Local Hero crest, a letter from the Chief Commissioner recognizing their achievement and will be notified that a donation has been made in their name.

Nominate a Scouter as a Local Hero and make a donation on their behalf by visiting: scouts.ca/donate.

So please join us in thanking the amazing Scouting volunteers who contribute so much time and effort to making Scouting in Canada so great.

Yours in Scouting,

Megan Drodge
Deputy National Commissioner - Volunteer Services