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GO Volunteer!

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The KnowledgeConnector is all about building community capacity and connecting rural Alberta NPV organizations to training and learning opportunities. In order for a volunteer organization to succeed they rely on dedicated volunteers. Volunteerism is the foundation for the growth and sustainability of any community.

The definition of a volunteer is as a person who works for an organization without being paid, a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking, or a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

The definition of volunteerism is the policy or practice of volunteering ones time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in ones community.

There are several organizations that support volunteers such as:

  • Volunteer Alberta is Albertas only provincial capacity building organization for the nonprofit/voluntary sector. Working with nonprofit, public and private stakeholders, Volunteer Alberta stands as an expert and key voice for volunteerism and the nonprofit and voluntary sector across Alberta (
  • Volunteer Centres are a source of leadership on local trends and issues affecting volunteerism, they offer access to innovative training opportunities, and they provide valuable resources and tools to support the organizations in their community. The support provided by Volunteer Centres enhances the capacity of all types of nonprofi and voluntary sector organizations. There are currently 29 Volunteer Centres in Alberta, each providing a unique mix of programs and services to support local nonprofit/voluntary organizations.
  • There are two Volunteer Centers in the NW Region; Hinton Volunteer & Information Center 1-780-865-2670 and the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau 1-780-539-5986.
  • A the local/community level, information on  volunteer services and programs can be found at your Family and Community Support Serves offices (FCSS).
  • National leader in volunteerism, Volunteer Canada. Volunteer Canada actively leads national dialogues on how volunteerism is related to citizen engagement and civil society and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement (

Defining volunteerism is all well and good, but when it comes right down to it; especially in a  time of crisis, tragedy, emergency or a disaster, it is volunteers that answer to the call of duty.

It is at the local or community level where volunteers “soar”.

There is no better example of volunteerism in the NW Region than the volunteers involved in the Slave Lake Fire Evacuation.

Our hats go off to the Slave Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Alberta Red Cross, Slave Lake Emergency Management Team, the Mayor and Council of Slave Lake and to all the individual volunteers (near and far) who gave their time to provide comfort and support to evacuees, maintaining a sense of order in extreme chaos in small town rural Alberta.

It is times like this that brings a community or a province together. Keep up the Good Work – GO VOLUNTEER!

North West Regional Capacity Coordinator

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