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National Volunteer Week April 12 to 18, 2015

                                                                                                                                              

April 18-24, is a chance to show our volunteers that we appreciate them. It’s also a great way to let the community know about the work that we do, and that we value the volunteers who so generously give of their time.

Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region celebrated our volunteers on the evening of April 15 with an evening at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. During the evening, volunteers had the opportunity to network with other volunteers and management during a scrumptious dinner. Mary Zilney, C.E.O. greeted our volunteers and shared the qualities of what make an amazing volunteer.

Flexibility

In the volunteer world you can spend hours planning and organizing something just to have it unravel in a few minutes.  It takes someone with the ability to adapt and be flexible in those situations that really makes or breaks the outcome of the situation.

 Energy

Is one of the most encouraging and exciting things to see. It really shows how much each of you believes in what you’re doing.

Creativity & Imagination

We can probably all agree that people who are creative and have good imaginations are great to be around. When you use your talents, passions, and humor you bring life into the tasks at hand.

 Sacrifice/Selflessness

Volunteering is just that- sacrificing of one’s time, energy and services without expecting anything in return.

Women’s Crisis Services is extremely fortunate to have each of you as part of our team.  On behalf of the management team, our staff and the women and children we serve, thank you for your ongoing and generous contributions.  You are very, very appreciated!

What a beautiful setting!  Volunteers were able to stroll through the conservatory at their own leisure, where the soothing sounds of waterfalls were prevalent. Watching the many species of butterflies was not only magical but calming to the spirit. Through their lovely colours and joyful fluttering, butterflies seem to dance through life rather than to fly. They remind us not to take life too seriously. Whenever we see a butterfly, we are touched by their beauty; they give us a feeling of lightness and joy. They dance and seem to enjoy it. Whenever a butterfly crosses our path, it reminds us that we can also dance in our lives. We can feel joyful. We may be colourful. Why walk when we can dance?

Each volunteer left with a token of our appreciation and a feeling of well-being, reminded that they may dance and enjoy their lives joyfully.

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