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  • April 11, 2016

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities

Celebrating those who improve the lives of others

National Volunteer Week takes place April 10 to 16, and Ontario is proud to join communities across the country in thanking volunteers for their hard work and commitment to service. This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week is “volunteers are the roots of strong communities.”

Volunteers have an impact in Barrie each and every day. They coach children’s sports teams, support food banks, clean up our parks, and welcome newcomers and refugees into our communities – to name but a few examples. While their work ranges in scale and frequency, volunteers all have a common desire to make their community a better place for all.

This week, I hope that more members in our community will consider volunteering. Not only will your efforts make a real difference, but you’ll find that it also feels good to contribute. To find volunteer activities near you, explore the opportunities available through SPARK Ontario at, or

Volunteers touch the lives of countless people in Barrie and across the province. This National Volunteer Week, I am honoured to thank our volunteers and encourage those who are able to get involved.

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