FREE access to ACHIEVE ONTARIO (a Provincial skills-based Volunteer Recognition Program for organizations) until December 2020 as our way of uplifting volunteers and supporting your organization.

Volunteer Markham, Volunteer Toronto and Volunteer MBC have joined forces to support volunteerism during COVID-19. Stay tuned for the many services that will become available to all volunteers and volunteer organizations.

Right now, we are thrilled to offer Markham Organizations access to ACHIEVE Ontario as well as inviting you to join in COVID-19 ACHIEVE Skills-Based Volunteer Recognition training offered by Volunteer MBC.

COVID-19: Achieve Skills-Based Volunteer Recognition

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 12PM – 1PM

I know the ups and downs of COVID-19 are concerning. 

Here’s the good news: Our community is coming together in a big way. Though you might hear about some difficulties, I can tell you the good does outweigh the bad. People from all corners of the GTA are helping out.

When volunteers are needed en masse, that’s sometimes called surge volunteering. Our community isn’t new to that idea. Today, it’s an emergency situation, but back in 2015 there was also a surge, for the Pan-Am/Para Pan-Am Games. Three things came out of that big event: 128 Canadian gold medals, Pachi the Porcupine (remember him?!), and a new way to recognize the contributions of volunteers: Achieve Ontario

Achieve is a skills-based volunteer recognition system and we’re going to show you how to use it to your advantage and for the benefit of volunteers. Volunteerism is still changing. We need to adapt to keep our community engaged and prosperous as they contribute their time and skills. We need to foster a culture of volunteerism and ensure that those efforts are recognized. Let’s reframe COVID-19 so it’s not a story only of hardship, but one where volunteers are known as the heartbeat of our community, and make sure that after this crisis passes that that fact is not forgotten.
Vers·us COVID-19: Achieve Skills-Based Volunteer RecognitionDate: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 12PM – 1PM
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Click here at 12PM on Thursday to join the discussion!

“Why Volunteer?” Contest Winners Announced

Photo of Volunteer Markham Contest Winners

Community Members Explain Why They Volunteer

Photos of Volunteer Markham "What's Your Story?" Contest Winners
(Left to Right) Claire Lin, Xin Yi Chen, and Shanta Sunderson were three of the winners selected from Volunteer Markham’s “What’s Your Story?” contest.

Last month, Canadians across the country celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 19 – 25, 2020). As part of the festivities, Volunteer Markham wanted to hear stories about local volunteers. Community members from across Markham submitted their entries for “Why Volunteer?” – a contest campaign which helped us understand why many people are volunteering in Markham. 

We asked local residents and community members to submit a short blurb sharing their reason for why they volunteer. After compiling our entries, we are pleased to announce the four winners of the “Why Volunteer?” campaign

Volunteer Markham would like to congratulate our winners:

  • Claire Lin 
  • Shanta Sunderson 
  • Sruti Prabakaran 
  • Xin Yi Chen 

After careful consideration, Volunteer Markham board members who reviewed all the submissions were able to determine the winners. While it was difficult to choose the top four, Volunteer Markham sincerely thanks everyone who submitted a contest entry. The stories from our local volunteers truly remind us all why volunteering is so vital for our community. 

“I volunteer to inspire others to become creative and bright leaders who will take on opportunities to lead future generations and carry on traditions in the community,” says contest winner Claire Lin. “I believe everyone has the capacity to learn and develop a positive mindset along their journey as a volunteer for the City of Markham.” 

Winners have since received instructions on how to claim their prize: a gift card worth $50 OR a $50 donation to a charity of their choice. Stay tuned to the Volunteer Markham website and social media as we look forward to highlighting our four winners in the near future. 

“Thank you to all volunteers who give with their hearts! Volunteerism, at all levels and with its

many faces, is the foundation of a caring community,” says Mirja Raita, Executive Director of Volunteer Markham. “Volunteer Markham is here and we are working hard at ensuring that residents will be able to continue to give, help and support our community members safely and responsibly. We stand with our community today and always, and we are all making a difference together!”