This week is National Volunteer Week in Canada. LDAWE would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for all of the wonderful work they do for people with learning disabilities and ADHD in the Windsor – Essex community throughout the year.
During 2013, LDAWE had 74 volunteers who contributed over 1400 hours of volunteer time to the Association. This doesn’t even include the students who complete their internships and placements with us throughout the year. Volunteers completed a wide variety of tasks, such as:
- Being a member of our Board of Directors, the Pay Attention & Learn Task Force, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and other committees;
- Administrative duties (such as faxing, filing, photocopying, typing, etc…);
- Assisting with programs (such as being a program assistant or tutor, developing program curriculum, etc…);
- Overseeing students who are completing psychological assessments;
- Assisting with events (such as workshops, conferences, and fundraising events);
- Performing general maintenance and repairs around the office; and
- Writing a blog post for LDAWE’s blog.
Last week, LDAWE held its annual Spring Fundraising Dinner & Volunteer Recognition event. Even though the event is hosted to thank our volunteers, this event could not occur without the support of some special volunteers. A special thank you to:
- Elaine Richardson and her family for coordinating the venue and meal;
- Chef McNiece and her Century Secondary School students for preparing and cooking the tasty meal;
- Howard, Jackie, Jen, Merissa, Patti, Sarah, and Taylor for serving the meal;
- Nick (our marketing intern) for coordinating the door prizes and raffle items, marketing the event, and calling our volunteers to offer complimentary tickets,
- Donny and Shelley for presenting cheques to this year’s Reid Family Scholarship recipients;
- Jonathan for his opening address;
- Matt and Shelley for selling raffle tickets;
- Deb for being the “official” event photographer; and
- To the countless others who helped with setup and takedown of the event.
In anticipation of National Volunteer Week, the Windsor Essex Association for Volunteer Administration (WEAVA), put a special insert into the Windsor Star to promote volunteerism in Windsor – Essex. One of our volunteers, Ron Paré, was featured in the insert. Please read his story in the picture below.
So once again, on behalf of the clients of LDAWE, we would like to thank all of our countless volunteers. We certainly appreciate everything you do for the Association and we would not be able to offer all of the programs and services we currently provide without your support.