Volunteers – Cornerstones of sports and associations communities
Assistant Manager - Sports and leisure
Every year, spring brings us new chores to take up around the house. Believe me, if I couldn't count on my wife to get our pool up and running, let’s just say it would be the same color as our lawn!
In my case – and for a few others on our team – spring also means many weekends spent traveling across the country to take part in end of season meetings with the various recreational and athletic associations we represent.
The reason why these meetings take place during the weekend is quite simple. Directors, officers and other stakeholders are, for the most part, volunteers who also occupy a full time job during the week. When I see the passion which motivates them, I can’t help but feel fortunate to be present at these encounters.
The meetings are often an opportunity to pay tribute to the volunteers. Although many of these individuals initially got involved because they had a child participating in that specific activity, their commitment goes far beyond. One of the key reasons explaining the many hours and years devoted by volunteers to an association is their love for the sport combined to the support received from their family and spouse.
According to a study published in 2010 by Canadian Heritage, there are around 2.2 million volunteers in the country working with more than 33,000 sport organizations. Today, we would like to express our deepest respect and underline the fact that without them, our youth would not be able to pursue their athletic endeavors. In the heat of the moment, you may feel inclined to judge some of these volunteers severely. Try to remember that the future of sports depends on them and that, whatever the field, the best way to be an agent for change is to get involved.