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National Volunteer Week Celebrates Canadian Generosity and Community Spirit

Prime Minister Trudeau Acknowledges the Vital Role of Volunteers in Building a Better Canada

In a heartfelt statement released yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended gratitude and recognition to Canadian volunteers as National Volunteer Week commences across the nation. The week-long celebration, which runs from April 14th to April 20th, serves to honor the selfless contributions of volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to make a positive impact within their communities.

The Prime Minister emphasized the invaluable role of volunteers in fostering compassion, solidarity, and inclusivity, highlighting their diverse activities ranging from supporting local charities and food banks to engaging in environmental conservation efforts. Trudeau commended volunteers for embodying the shared purpose of improving the lives of others and shaping Canada’s identity as a kind, welcoming, and generous nation.

Drawing attention to initiatives such as the Canada Service Corps, the Prime Minister underscored the importance of empowering youth to become active citizens and develop essential skills through volunteerism. The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week, “Every Moment Matters,” resonates deeply as it recognizes the significant impact created by volunteers, especially during challenging times such as last year’s devastating wildfire season.

Furthermore, Trudeau acknowledged the recipients of Canada’s Volunteer Awards, including Rahul Singh, who received the prestigious Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement award for his exemplary leadership in disaster response efforts during emergencies, including flooding in British Columbia.

In closing, the Prime Minister invited all Canadians to participate in National Volunteer Week by expressing gratitude to volunteers in their communities and sharing their personal volunteering experiences on social media using the hashtags #NVW2024 and #EveryMomentMatters.


National Volunteer Week serves as a poignant reminder of the power of collective action and the generosity that defines the Canadian spirit. Prime Minister Trudeau’s acknowledgment of volunteers’ vital contributions reinforces the importance of recognizing and celebrating their efforts in building stronger, more resilient communities.

As we navigate through unprecedented challenges, the resilience and compassion demonstrated by volunteers become even more significant. Their unwavering commitment to making a positive difference exemplifies the values that bind us together as Canadians.

In commemorating National Volunteer Week, let us not only express gratitude to volunteers but also reflect on the profound impact of their actions. Together, we can create a brighter future and continue to build a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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