MPP Releases Report on the Community Volunteer RoundtablePublished on July 22, 2021
Available upon request
Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton, has released another Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Roundtable Discussion Report. This document shares notes from a local meeting on volunteerism held June 23, 2021, when a total of 13 representatives from local volunteer organizations joined MPP Fullerton to discuss volunteerism and their plans in serving Kanata and West Carleton residents.
The MPP’s report has been forwarded to all participants of the roundtable and it is now available to the public upon request.
MPP Fullerton explains the latest roundtable discussion was important for two reasons, “First, the community is recovering from COVID-19 and the challenge before this group, individually and collectively, is to reconnect with volunteers and with the public we serve.”
“Second, our volunteer groups provide the means for individuals to be connected to the community. As residents becoming engaged in volunteer activities and events they will help with the community’s recovery,” says Fullerton.
“I believe a healthy community is defined by the vibrancy of its community groups and volunteer organizations, and vice versa; strong and active volunteer groups make for healthy and enriched communities.”
Fullerton adds, “Key to this symbiotic relationship is the appreciation for the planning that must take place to ensure the volunteer experience is both helpful to the public served and rewarding to the volunteer. Our roundtable discussion allows for the sharing of experiences and suggestions.”
Prior to the meeting, Merrilee Fullerton questions the roundtable’s facilitator, Jeff Mills – Community Engagement Director for Carebridge Community Support in Mississippi Mills (Almonte). Their exchange touches on the importance of volunteers in our community recovery effort. Read the interview: A conversation about volunteerism in our community through the summer of 2021.
In July 2019, MPP Fullerton published the Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative, a document to begin a community dialogue on the benefits of volunteerism. The MPP’s objective was to encourage greater volunteer engagement in our community and provide information to get residents involved with volunteer activities that interest them.
There are three dozen volunteer organizations serving Kanata and West Carleton residents that are engaged in the MPP’s community dialogue.
Read the MPP’s original document: Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative.
Contact Tiffany Lepack at the MPP Community Office for a copy of the Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Roundtable Discussion Report.
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