On Wednesday evening, the City of Burlington will be hosting a Volunteer Open House to recruit volunteers for the city’s committees and boards. Current volunteers are also invited to attend as a networking and learning opportunity. The City’s committees and boards are important to Council and the entire city; the decisions and input the committees make affect our decisions at Council.
Getting involved with our committees and boards is a great way to be engaged in City decisions and to shape your own community, now and for generations to come. Your ideas, passion, and engagement are vital to helping us continue to build a city that works to provide the best in vibrant neighborhoods, prosperity and excellence in governance.
According to the most recent Stats Canada report, in 2010, more than 13.3 million people in Canada—about 47 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older—did volunteer work in 2010. They devoted more than two billion hours to their volunteer activities. What amazing commitment.
Volunteering is contagious. When you care enough to do something about the situation before you, you inspire others with your example. Nowhere has this been more evident in our community this year than in the level of commitment and energy shown by our residents who helped each other after the flood and subsequent clean up in August.
There are many committees and boards to become involved with where you can contribute your time and talents and I encourage you to come out on Wednesday evening and find an area that you are passionate about and speak with one of our current volunteers or staff members to learn more.
The event details are as follows:
Wednesday, November 19, 2104
Burlington Public Library – Central Branch
2331 New St., Burlington
6:30 to 8 p.m.
The program will also include a panel discussion on the value of volunteering followed by networking and a display showcase.
The city’s volunteer groups and advisory committees participating in the Open House include:
- Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Burlington’s Best Awards Committee (formerly the Burlington Civic Recognition Committee)
- Committee of Adjustment
- Burlington Cycling Advisory Committee
- Burlington Inclusivity Advisory Committee
- Burlington Mundialization Committee
- Burlington Public Library Board
- Burlington Sustainable Development Advisory Committee
- Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee
- Burlington Seniors’ Advisory Committee
- Festivals and Events – Canada Day and Christmas Parade Committee
- Museums of Burlington Board and Doors Open Volunteer Organizing Committee
- ChAT – Community Engagement Charter Action Team
- Burlington Downtown Parking Advisory Committee
I would like to thank all the volunteer members of our committees and boards – past, present and future. You invest every day in making Burlington a better place to live, work and play.