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Volunteerism – An Obligation to Share

Our industry is blessed with ‘do gooders.’ Whether it’s PCMA’s Service in Sync programme or MPI’s annual Christmas charity for kids’ toys or being a part of a volunteer board, we do great things for others.


October 25, 2011

A few weeks ago, I attended the CSAE Trillium Chapter Awards. It occurred to me that so many of us volunteer in our industry.

Do we do it because it extends the word ‘hospitality’ for us? Do we do it because it ‘looks good’? Or do we do it because we want to share and because by sharing and benefiting, we are gratified in ways that can’t be measured?

In my 30 years in this business, I’ve done a lot of volunteering and continue to do so. And I have had the privilege of being recognized for my service.

Do I do it to be recognized? Not a chance. I do it because I believe in sharing and in so doing, I reap the rewards a hundred times over, so I have a moral obligation to continue to share.

We are all so caught up in cycles that get us down – you know, if you have young kids and they bring home a cold, everyone gets it and as the last person gets it, the first person gets it again.

Volunteering cycles are the exact opposite. You do well (whatever that ‘good’ looks like) and you get a benefit for doing that good, so you want to do good again!

Our industry is blessed with ‘do gooders.’ Whether it’s PCMA’s Service in Sync programme or MPI’s annual Christmas charity for kids’ toys or being a part of a volunteer board, we do great things for others.

I hope you will all take a moment to thank all the volunteers in our industry. And if you are a volunteer, I hope the benefits are manyfold for you and you continue to share.

So thank you, CSAE Trillium Chapter, for letting me attend your awards and reflecting on the life of a volunteer in our industry. And to each of your award winners, thanks for taking the time – we can’t survive without you!

If you aren’t volunteering, find a passion and spend some time. Could be just a few hours a month. Doesn’t matter if it’s in our industry or for one of the many needy agencies out there – share and get benefits and share some more!



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