Media Release

April 16, 2024

Minister Hutton Recognizes Volunteer Week

The following statement was read in the House of Assembly today by the Honourable Fred Hutton, Minister of Housing:

Speaker, it is my privilege to rise and recognize April 14 to 20 as National Volunteer Week here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

National Volunteer Week recognizes and celebrates every volunteer, and their contributions to strengthen inclusivity and well-being in our communities. The theme for National Volunteer Week 2024 is “Every Moment Matters,” signifying the importance of every moment that a volunteer gives their time, their skills, their creativity and their empathy to help others.

In a few short weeks as Minister of Housing, I’ve seen first-hand the incredible, positive impacts that volunteers have across our housing continuum.

The volunteer staff and boards at community centres throughout the province provide supports that foster a deep sense of community, becoming the focal point for community life. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Vine Place Community Centre in Corner Brook, and it was evident how the work of the team there is shaping and supporting that community.

I also want to recognize all community partners in the housing and homelessness sector, including the volunteers and Boards associated with non-profit community housing projects. The efforts of these volunteers and community agencies are instrumental in helping many individuals overcome barriers and transform lives.

To all volunteers across every sector in this province, thank you for your dedication to your fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.