President’s Message

Feb 23, 2024

President’s Message

Greetings, members!  As you read this newsletter, it is my hope that Wiarton Willie was accurate and that an early Spring is only weeks away!  District 41 has a full slate of social events in the coming months; we hope that you will be able to join in the fun.

National Volunteer Week returns next month, from April 21-27 and this year’s theme is “Something for Everyone”.  For those of you who volunteer, you know that there is a diverse landscape of not-for-profits, charities, and other organizations that welcome your time.  I’d like to share a bit about my volunteer story:

Growing up, my sister, Kim and I, were fortunate to have had our parents act as incredible volunteer role models.  They were amazing parents in many ways, and volunteerism is a trait that especially stood out.  From a young age, we witnessed how they willingly gave back to their community.  Well into their own retirement, they stayed active and gave many hours back to various organizations.

Being exposed to this volunteer behaviour allowed me to see the value of my own volunteer pursuits.  I enjoy giving back to the community in which I was raised and feel good about sharing skills that can help others.  Besides keeping me active, both physically and mentally, it’s fun to meet new people and experience new and rewarding opportunities.

My newest volunteer gig is with the Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners.  I volunteer with fundraisers, age simulation workshops, and The Social, a group recreation program.  I can’t say enough about the staff at this charity as they truly appreciate and recognize the efforts of their volunteers.  Should you have a few hours a week to donate, I would highly recommend the Alzheimer Society for your consideration.

Before I close, I would like to acknowledge District 41’s dedicated Executive.  These individuals freely give of their time to allow our District to operate efficiently and to give our members many social outings.  Thank you!

Please continue our volunteer conversation on District 41’s Facebook page,   Do you know of an organization searching for volunteers?  Are you interested in a new volunteer opportunity?  For what organizations have you volunteered?

Scott Shakir