How Did The Week Begin?
National Volunteer Week was first proclaimed in 1943. In Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, Women’s Voluntary Services organized special events to draw the public’s attention to the vital contribution women made to the war effort on the home front.
Int the late 1960’s, the idea of a designated week to honor volunteers was revived, and the focus was broadened to include all community volunteers. With local Volunteer Centres taking the lead, this special week grew in importance during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
In 1990, the third week in April was proclaimed National Volunteer Week in all communities across the Country.