A Volunteer Says “Thanks”

29 09 2010

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.

E.B. White

My professional consulting practice often inspires me and stretches me in unexpected but rewarding ways. I have been extremely fortunate to work with incredibly dedicated and talented individuals, and to be involved in cutting edge projects that truly do make a difference. In my volunteer pursuits, I look for opportunities to apply what I know in ways that are not inconsistent with my business life but that also allow me to expand my horizons and find outlets for my other interests. My commitment over the past few years to the Community Child Abuse Council of Canada has given me just that – and I have witnessed the organization’s impressive growth and resilience firsthand. I’ll be attending their Annual General Meeting today, and take this opportunity to thank them for facilitating one of the most satisfying and meaningful volunteer experiences I could ever wish for. The Council does what all mission-driven organizations strive to do…to attract and retain skilled and qualified volunteers whose contributions add strength to the cause and whose involvement satisfies in personal ways. The Council does this particularly well, and never forgets to appreciate, reinforce, recognize, and encourage its volunteers. Whether my task has been selling raffle tickets at a hockey game or writing a newsletter article, I am never unaware of how much my time and effort is appreciated. It’s been a fun and worthwhile investment for me, and I’m richer for it in so many ways. As the Council marks another year of accomplishments, I want them to know how much their attention to volunteerism is appreciated. Now if we could just find more money, help more kids, reduce that waiting list…

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