Remarks by Her Honour,
The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, ONB
Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick,
on the occasion of
National Volunteer Week
and the annual Volunteer Recognition event for
Volunteer Fredericton/United Way-Centraide
Government House – 11 April 2019
Friends - chers amis
Welcome to National Volunteer Week.
Welcome to Government House.
I wish I could say “Welcome to Spring”.
My husband Ronald and I are very touched to be with you once more, to celebrate you and your achievements.
Ce que vous faites pour cette communauté et des citoyens est gratuit, remarquable, généreux et je vous en remercie grandement.
“Thank you” hardly seems enough.
But I mean it from my heart, and on behalf of all the citizens of this region whom you have helped – children, families and individuals who are better for what you do.
So,… why do you volunteer?
You give your time, your give your knowledge and expertise, you fund-raise, you donate, you mentor, you share skills, you teach, you motivate, you promote social causes – and all of it – every single action - makes this community better.
There are as many different reasons WHY you do it, as there are people in this room. As there are hands on that banner……
Vous offrir l’amitié, la bonté, le soutien, la compassion – pas pour la gloire ou les récompenses.
Some of you volunteer because you feel it is just the right thing to do.
To make a positive difference.
A whole new group of volunteers – younger people mostly - are trying to bring purpose to their lives by making positive social change.
Whether that is to help to end homelessness, or to create centres of community-growth and empowerment, like “The Ville” – an exciting co-op project in Marysville.
Les avantages du bénévolat sont diverses - de la résolution de problèmes, à la résilience, à faire un changement social positif.
In this age of technology, while we are all more connected than ever before, we have also never been so disconnected and isolated.
Chaque fois que nous utilisons notre smartphone, ou télécharger une vidéo YouTube, on s'isole encore plus...
Technology connects us, but it also disengages us.
Volunteering may help to bridge that gap of loneliness. Because volunteering connects us, face-to-face, person-to- person.
Volunteer organizations like yours are the original “social networks”.
Le bénévolat signifie mettre votre téléphone vers le bas, en mettant de côté Facebook et travaillant sur une cause qui compte pour vous, avec d'autres personnes qui partagent.
Working together on causes that matter can be a training ground for young people.
It has been estimated that 65-per-cent of kids who started school this year will end up with careers which don’t even exist yet. It means empathy and flexibility will be even more important in the future….
Nous constatons un changement dans la culture d'entreprise, où le bénévolat a une nouvelle priorité.
Some companies even give time off to employees who volunteer. Building social good is the ‘new normal’ when it comes to new business models.
Millennials want to make a positive difference, seniors want to remain active and contribute.
Volunteering is a way to do that – especially when so many of us feel isolated and lonely.
A third of Canadians over the age of 45 admit to feeling lonely. Loneliness is linked to illness and a decline in brain function. In the U-K, a study found 18-to-34 year-olds were feeling lonely more often than seniors.
Ce que je veux dire, c'est que vous avez trouvé le secret d'une vie plus longue et plus heureuse.
Volunteering may just be the answer to living longer – and happier! Because – quite simply – it is good FOR you! If friendship has been found to have a greater impact on life expectancy than quitting smoking, then joining a volunteer group could cut your odds of dying over the next year in half.
Being a smart volunteer – doing something meaningful and impactful, making a difference in your community, while at the same time, enriching your own life – it all has more benefits than you might realize.
Tels sont les avantages invisibles que vous fournissez lorsque vous faites du bénévolat.
You may not think you give very much – but to the clients you help, to the agencies you support – it means everything.
Le bénévolat aide à garder les gens actifs. Il apporte la socialisation. Le bénévolat peut aider à combattre la dépression, et procure une valeur ajoutée à notre vie.
And what you receive is personal satisfaction, happiness, a sense of accomplishment, the value of helping others....
Volunteering gives purpose to life.
L'année dernière au Canada, les bénévoles ont donné plus de deux milliards d'heures de leur temps.
Two billion hours of volunteer time is equal to about 56-billion dollars – just last year.
If volunteering was its own industry, it would employ almost as many people currently working in the field of education in Canada.
Près de la moitié de la population du Canada donne quelques heures de bénévolat. Les personnes de plus de 55 ans constituent le segment le plus important de bénévoles.
La bénévolat renforcée nos communautés.
Le bénévolat maintient les gens en meilleure santé, plus longtemps.
Les organismes communautaires et les groupes sans but lucratif ont besoin de bénévoles comme vous.
Le Nouveau-Brunswick à besoin de bénévoles - comme vous.
These are challenging times for community agencies - more competition, greater needs, increased demand for services, not enough dollars. They need volunteers, more than ever before. I know these times are tough. But I also know YOU are up to the challenges.
In fact, we could be on the edge of a “volunteer revolution”, right here in New Brunswick.
Le Nouveau-Brunswick sert de modèle au Canada, en raison de notre population vieillissante. Nous avons la possibilité d'être des leaders dans nos soin aux aînés à l'avenir. Le bénévolat en est un élément important.
We have an older population. That should not be a negative. With a positive spin, it means we have more people, with more life-experience, who have more to contribute….
New Brunswickers have always been inclusive, innovative, and inspiring. We have always helped one another. No matter why you volunteer, you prove day-in and day-out that you are in for the long haul - for the good of this community....and for the good of people who live here. And….. that means, what you do is good for New Brunswick.
You don’t just help individuals – you help to strengthen communities. You give value to those who really need the help. And, you feel better about yourselves.
Vous êtes notre plus précieuse ressource naturelle…. Je vous remercie beaucoup.
Thank you for your commitment. And congratulations! YOU inspire me!