Volunteers are Heroes

Author // Shelley White

Volunteers are Heroes

I know what usually comes to mind when people think of “heroes”. They think of the cape – the mask – the tights! They think of the comic books and movies.

Let me tell you what I think about:

I think about the people who play a vital role in building a civil society. I think about the people who take ownership for their community, and do whatever it takes to make lives better. I think about you.

Volunteers are heroes. Regardless of their roles, they are doing important work, and that work has a direct impact on the lives of others. I have the unique privilege of working with volunteers daily. Volunteers are the people putting in countless hours to lead workplace campaigns to raise funds to support community programs. Volunteers are leading initiatives that celebrate the diversity in Peel Region. They are packing lunch bags and craft kits to brighten a child’s day. Volunteers are giving back to United Way funded agencies and connecting with Peel Region’s local volunteer centre, Volunteer MBC, to see how they can help even MORE. Volunteers care about our community and want to make sure that it is the best place it can be for everyone who lives here.

At United Way, it is one of our core values to inspire volunteerism. We believe that everyone has a stake in the well-being of their community, and by being passionate volunteers; you all help us build to a better, stronger Peel for everyone. After all, volunteers are truly the heartbeat of our community.

If I could give each and every volunteer a cape, I would. They certainly deserve one. Their actions help strengthen our community, one life at a time.

Thank you, and Happy National Volunteer Week!

About the Author

Shelley White

Shelley White

President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region

Shelley White is the President and CEO at United Way of Peel Region. She holds a Masters of Leadership Studies from the University Guelph and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Brock University.   Shelley has over 30 years of experience in the non profit sector.  She has held executive positions with the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Central Ontario Branch.

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