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National Volunteer Week 2016: Thank You Awesome Volunteers

Volunteers from Winnipeg

Volunteers from Winnipeg

“We Volunteer.” That’s what it says on the back of our HOPE worldwide of Canada t-shirts. And so it should. That is who we are and what we do.

From the board members to the chapter directors to the advisory groups to the project leaders to those who serve in ongoing programs and/or individual projects, from the east coast to the west, every last one in HOPE worldwide of Canada is a volunteer. No one gets paid for the hours of service, love, care and concern he/she provides. It is all done from the heart.

Anne du Sault in Abidjan

Anne du Sault in Abidjan

I personally have never, in my 60 years, worked with people who have bigger hearts, who give more or care more.

“We share because we care” is another byline that resonates with me when I think about our volunteers. During this “National Volunteer Week” I just want to encourage our volunteers (and that’s anyone who does anything for HOPE worldwide of Canada) by reminding them what Jesus taught about serving, “The greatest among you will be the servant of all.”

I am most privileged in my life to work alongside some of the “the greatest” because you serve all. And if you ever think that your service is not making a difference, keep Paul’s words in mind, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” And if you ever think that no one notices or cares that you are serving, Jesus said, “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” But I also want to assure you – many see and know and you are, each and every one of you, making a difference.

Thank you

Brian Felushko

Brian Felushko

Brian Felushko, Country Director
HOPE worldwide of Canada