Volunteer with the Region of Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (May 4, 2011) – At the Region of Peel, residents who want to get more involved in Regional business can take part in a number of programs and decisions that impact their community – by volunteering.
"Region of Peel volunteers offer an important link between our programs and our diverse communities, adding great value through their many contributions," says Emil Kolb, Regional Chair. "I am deeply grateful to them for their commitment and dedication to the health and well-being of our community."
Every effort is made to match each volunteer with the right opportunity. Volunteering gives people the chance to gain experience, learn a new skill or use their personal experience to help someone else. All of which can be incredibly rewarding.
"Our aim is to provide volunteers with the same support Human Resources provides for employees," says Ewa Nosek, Co-ordinator of Public Health Volunteer Resources with the Region of Peel. "Volunteers receive appropriate training, are given opportunities to connect with other volunteers, and are recognized for their contribution. Volunteers provide social supports and nurture a caring community. That's exactly what we're trying to create in Peel."
Here are some examples of how volunteers contribute to Regional programs:
- Peel Heritage Complex volunteers support staff to fundraise and present diverse programs and services
- Breastfeeding Companion volunteers encourage new mothers by providing telephone peer support in a variety of different languages
- Volunteer members of the Peel Advisory Working Group on Older Adults' Housing (PAWGOAH) encourage older adults to plan ahead and explore a variety of housing options to address their changing needs. They also advocate to home builders, developers, planners, renovators, real estate agents, faith groups and government to promote the importance of providing sufficient and affordable housing for residents aged 55 and older.
- Family Literacy Program volunteers facilitate sessions which support families with children aged 0 to 6 years old through fun filled language, literacy and numeracy activities held one day a week at various community and school locations across Peel
Recently, Regional Council honoured its over 3,000 volunteers with a proclamation that declared 2011 as International Year of Volunteers + 10. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, which was part of a global effort to renew the spirit of volunteerism.
For more information or to volunteer with the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.