For HOPE worldwide of Canada, it is our volunteers who make all the difference in the world. We are able to have a low administration fee because we do not hire staff but rely on the compassion and dedication of our volunteers to offer up programs that have a lasting impact in our community and abroad. If our volunteers weren’t as engaged and willing, HOPE worldwide of Canada would not be where it is today and where it is moving towards.
Last year our Winnipeg chapter provided Aida Champagne with our first Volunteer of the Year award. Aida played a crucial role in spearheading and supporting the Winnipeg fundraising efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and 2014. When Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013, the response of the Filipino community was overwhelming. HOPE worldwide of Canada was able to send over $80,000 to support survivors of the Typhoon, with over half of that amount coming from Winnipeg.
Aida became the spokesperson for the Oplan HOPE team* and HOPE worldwide of Canada’s biggest advocate after the typhoon. Aida, along with the Oplan HOPE team, worked hard, talked to countless people, organized fantastic fundraisers, and for a time seemed to put her life on hold as she crusaded to fundraise to get funds to those in need.
The efforts of our 2015 Volunteer of the Year, Aida Champagne, led to the creation of the protection and psycho-social program for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan through HOPE worldwide Philippines… children and families left vulnerable from the storm. In this Volunteer Appreciation week, we aim to recognize the efforts of one of our many fantastic volunteers.
* The OPLAN Hope Team consists of members from the following organizations:
- Manitoba Filipino Street Festival
- Filipino Seniors Group
- Pangasinan Group
- Tribo Sigbo.