Volunteering Creates Leaders in our Industry
By Sharon Graham.
National Volunteer Recognition Week April 23 to 29, 2017
“13.3 million Canadians volunteer 2.1 billion hours,
the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs.”
Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating
conducted by Statistics Canada and supported by Volunteer Canada.
During National Volunteer Recognition Week, we’re reminded of the outstanding volunteer leadership provided by members of Career Professionals of Canada.
As a social enterprise. CPC is a member-run, volunteer-driven community of professionals.
With varied backgrounds and specialties, CPC’s volunteers form a brilliant, well-rounded team. A warm THANK YOU goes out to all our CPC Board Members and CPC Volunteer Team Members. Through your leadership and talents, our organization continues to grow and develop as a leading association for Canadian Career Practitioners.
Nobody can do it alone! Volunteers are the backbone of Career Professionals of Canada. As always, our volunteers are doing an exceptional job creating more benefits for members. A warm “thank you” goes to our Certification Program Assessment Team for their ongoing work performing evaluations through the year. We greatly appreciate the work of our Tele-Networking leaders and minute takers for supporting our program with exceptional discussions and notes that are posted on the Career Club. Our Communications POWER Team must be commended for their outstanding work in promoting our LinkedIn Group and much more. We also thank our Regional Ambassadors for developing their respective regional meet-ups and supporting other events. Gratitude goes out to these individuals and many more who work hard to build CPC’s programs and services “behind the scenes”.
Join CPC if you want to network with these amazing professionals. Getting involved as a volunteer is personally and professionally rewarding. You’ll develop deep relationships with your colleagues and you’ll advance your own professional development. As you build your leadership position, you’ll contribute directly to the development of services and programs to enrich our industry.
Volunteering is all about your desire to contribute to the greater good. Assume a role where you can contribute generously without feeling “taken advantage of.” The better your contribution, the more positive your impact and the better you will feel.
A volunteer position is an excellent opportunity to “give back” to your community while you are building your own credibility as a career professional and a leader in your field. Be assured, when you give your best, you automatically build your reputation as well.
If you are already reaping the rewards of volunteering, then you know the personal satisfaction that comes from giving time and service to others. You likely have discovered how rapidly your network of contacts and friends has grown as well. Have you volunteered your way to a better network? Gained new friendships? Found unexpected rewards? Secured a new job from your involvement? Please let us know about YOUR experiences, so that we can share those with our readers.
Sharon Graham is CANADA’S CAREER STRATEGIST and author of the top-selling BEST CANADIAN RESUMES SERIES. Founder and executive director of CAREER PROFESSIONALS OF CANADA, Sharon is committed to setting the standard for excellence in the industry. A leading authority on resume, interview, employment and career transition, Sharon provides career practitioners with tools and resources to enable them to provide exemplary services to Canadians.