Ask any non-profit health organization and they will tell you “volunteers make the world go round.”
Last week was National Volunteer Week in Canada and the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society took the opportunity to say it appreciates every volunteer that helps with their events and programs.
Leona Dimock started as the fundraising coordinator for the local Chapter in 2010 and last week wanted to make a statement to all the volunteers that said “we appreciate every single one of you.”
She decided to personally make a donation equal to $1 for every volunteer in the database that has helped since she started working with the MS Society, and that came to $189.
“Volunteers play a key role in making our fundraising events so successful, not only in terms of money to run the Chapter, but also to raise awareness and show support for people living with multiple sclerosis in the West Kootenay and Boundary areas,” said Dimock.
Wendi Thomson has been volunteering with the MS Society for many years and is currently chair of the chapter board. She appreciates the MS Society, not only for the support they offer to those living with this disease, but also for their contribution to critical research to improve quality of life and to find a cure. Volunteers help make this happen and Thomson has done her fair share!
Investors Group is recognized as Canada’s corporate leader in volunteer recognition by Volunteer Canada, and the Nelson office wanted to further acknowledge the contribution these volunteers make to the MS Society by matching the donation, adding another $189 to the total.
Emily Tucker, consultant with Investors Group describes the company’s philosophy, “as a community focused business we want to acknowledge the valuable contribution volunteers make by donating their time within our communities.”
Woody Wudkevich, owner of Kootenay Glass & Mirror also donated a new jar of cash to the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society, in honour of the volunteers.