Celebrating our City’s volunteers
National Volunteer Week from April 15 – 21 is a time to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of volunteers across Canada. The City of Kelowna is no exception with residents volunteering their time and energy at various facilities such as the Kelowna International Airport, Parkinson Recreation Centre and Kelowna Community Theatre, and with community programs including Snow Busters, Adopt-a-Stream, Adopt-a-Road, and RCMP citizen patrol – just to name a few.
“Residents play such an important role in shaping our community and getting involved really helps to make a change for the better,” said Mayor Basran. “We appreciate all of our volunteers as they contribute a great deal to the success of our city’s plans, programs and events.”
A quick glance through Kelowna’s Activity & Program Guide and you’ll see approximately 40 programs or special events each season dedicated to people with DiverseAbilities including cooking, dance, karate, bingo and fitness classes. These are programs that are able to run with the support of a dedicated group of volunteers. Bob Campbell is one of those volunteers who was looking to keep busy after retirement and volunteers in the weight room twice a week and assists with an art class. "It gives me a sense of purpose,” said Campbell. “I love the camaraderie and laughs we all enjoy together.”
The City would like to thank all of its exceptional volunteers in honour of National Volunteer Week for their commitment to bettering our community.
For more information about volunteering with the City, visit kelowna.ca.