The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Educational Resources Eduzone
  • Print Preview
  • Print: 
  •  Send to Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  •  Send to Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Send to E-mail (Opens in a new window)
  • Share: 


National Volunteer Week

April 6 to 12, 2014

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
Governor General of Canada,
on the Occasion of the
National Volunteer Week

Dear teachers, educators and students,

I am pleased to extend greetings to all of you on one of the most important weeks in our calendar: National Volunteer Week. This occasion provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the contributions volunteers make to our collective well-being. Those who get involved and help others deserve our admiration and our appreciation, and I hope you find time this week to thank a volunteer.

In addition to thanking those who give so generously of themselves, I encourage you to share your own experiences and stories of volunteerism at, an innovative online campaign launched last fall as a way to foster and celebrate giving in Canada. Join Eddy and Friends, on the campaign’s website. Add your story, see what other schools or student groups have done, and challenge one another.    

We are truly blessed to live in a society that values generosity and sharing. Canadians recognize that helping one another and supporting worthy causes is both the right thing to do and the bright thing to do. In a democratic society, everyone has something to give, and I would like to sincerely thank all those volunteers who help to make this a smarter, more caring country.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

David Johnston

Watch the video message.

Visit EducAction and Philanthropy and Volunteerism for more on the subject.

Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.