On International Volunteer Day we want to take a moment to show our appreciation and give thanks to all our dedicated and hard-working volunteers in Canada and overseas.
Volunteer cooperation programs such as Uniterra contribute to social, economic and political stability in developing countries while demonstrating Canadian expertise abroad. What makes Uniterra so unique is our network of partners in the field working together to identify needs, develop projects and select the right volunteers to achieve tangible, sustainable results in combatting poverty.
Of course, what makes Uniterra so successful is our volunteers. Since the start of the Uniterra program in 2004, over 3000 Canadians have become international volunteers helping over 600 partner organizations and hundreds of thousands of people in 13 countries across four continents.
You helped women become leaders in their communities. You helped youth gain employment and self-confidence. You helped those living with HIV and AIDS access quality healthcare. You helped girls make school a priority. And you helped people have a say in improving their communities.
All year round, but especially today, we are proud of our volunteers. To be a volunteer is to not only share you time but your skills, passion and goodness. Never doubt that you are making a difference and always remember the important role you play in changing the world.
Chris Eaton Claudia Black
Executive Director Executive Director
World University Service of Canada Centre for International Studies and Cooperation