April 22, 2020
During National Volunteer Week, Katimavik thanks Participant-Volunteers
During National Volunteer Week, Katimavik Youth Services expresses its deepest gratitude and appreciation to its current Participant-Volunteers and partner organizations, as well as all volunteers across Canada, for their hard work, courage, and enthusiasm.
During the current COVID-19 Pandemic, Katimavik Participant-Volunteers are involved and volunteering with community groups across the country while maintaining safety and social distancing protocols.
In Nanaimo, Participant-Volunteers continue to work with Growing Opportunities Farm Community Coop from Monday to Friday as part of the community’s food security program. Calgary Participant-Volunteers have been involved with the local food bank. They are also registered with the Kerby Centre to provide social calls to isolated seniors, as well as help with deliveries and groceries.
In Peterborough, Participant-Volunteers are helping clean neighborhoods and engaging in other community projects. Quebec City Participant-Volunteers contribute to a neighbourhood food security initiative by providing food to area residents who may need it. They are also going on weekly garbage clean-ups throughout their community.
Beyond that, Katimavik Participant-Volunteers have also taken the initiative by writing thank you letters to first responders and healthcare workers, virtually reading books to kids, and supporting efforts in other ways remotely.
“We applaud and thank all Participant-Volunteers for their selflessness and devotion to volunteering during this unprecedented time in all our lives,” said Katimavik Chief Executive Officer John-Frederick Cameron.
“They have shown much bravery, resiliency and dedication. Their efforts will be felt by their communities and are appreciated by everyone.”
Katimavik offers young adults opportunities to gain life skills and work experience while contributing to community development through volunteerism. The word ‘Katimavik’ originates from the Inuktitut language, meaning ‘meeting place’. Since 1977, Katimavik has brought young Canadians together to learn, to exchange culture and language, and to help build stronger communities across Canada. Katimavik aims to help youth become engaged, caring citizens and capable contributors and leaders for a better Canada. We do this through the development of 21st-century skills, experiential learning, and civic engagement.