A 150,000-hour birthday gift to Canada

February 1, 2017

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, Mayor Colin Basran and partners—Kelowna Community Resources and Volinspire—have kicked-off the 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge for Kelowna.

The 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge is a nation-wide movement led by Volunteer Ottawa in partnership with Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country. The City of Kelowna has accepted the challenge and encourages residents to give what time they have, whether that is one, or 10, or 150 hours this year. The goal is to amass 150,000 hours of tracked volunteer time by Kelowna residents in 2017.

“150,000 is a significant number,” said Mayor Basran. “To volunteer 150,000 hours in a lifetime someone would be giving 6,250 days…or seventeen years…or almost two decades or their life. That’s a lot for one person. But imagine a city with a population of about 128,000. What if everyone gave one to two hours of time to volunteering in one year? It’s easy to see how 150,000 hours is easily attainable.”

“This initiative is all about giving what you can,” said Stephanie Moore, Project Coordinator with Kelowna Community Resources. “With over 370 non-profit organizations in the Central Okanagan with a variety of opportunities for any age, ability, interest or skill set – there are a myriad of ways to give and contribute to this community challenge.”

Residents can track their volunteer hours using the national volunteer tracking platform, powered by local tech company, Volinspire. The platform allows volunteers to search for opportunities, track hours, share volunteer stories and inspire others to give. “We are honoured that Volinspire was chosen by Volunteer Ottawa to be the official platform for the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge,” said Sheldon Gardiner, Founder and CEO of Volinspire. “We’re excited to provide a platform where people can be inspired and can celebrate the contributions that individuals, community organizations and caring companies are making to create a strong and happier place for us all to live.” 

The 150 for 150 volunteer challenge has begun and will run until Dec. 31, 2017. It is an opportunity for all residents to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary with a lasting legacy and make a difference in the community.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/canada150.