Honouring Our Dedicated Volunteers: The Backbone of CARP Chapters

Anyone who is involved in volunteering or relies on the services of volunteers in their community understands just how valuable and important that generosity is… and what a difference it can make.

At CARP, we stand on the shoulders of our dedicated volunteers who lead our community Chapters across Canada. As we reflect on the invaluable contributions of these individuals, we are filled with gratitude for their unwavering commitment to our mission and the communities they serve.

Our Chapters are much more than that word might describe; they are vibrant hubs of advocacy, connection, and camaraderie. Through hosting engaging events, championing local causes, and amplifying our national campaigns, our Chapters embody the spirit of CARP’s advocacy work at the grassroots level. They are the driving force behind our efforts to empower older Canadians and create positive change in society.

But beyond their role in advancing our advocacy goals, our Chapters play a crucial social function. In communities across the country, they offer a lifeline of connection and comfort to those who may feel isolated or disconnected. By providing a platform for like-minded individuals to come together, our Chapters foster a sense of belonging and purpose among our members.

Indeed, our Chapters are the backbone of CARP, serving as the vital link between our national office and our members nationwide. Through their leadership and dedication, they ensure that our mission resonates at the local level and that our members remain informed and engaged in our work.

Moreover, our Chapters serve as incubators of talent and innovation, empowering members to channel their skills and passion into meaningful action. Whether it’s through organizing community initiatives, volunteering, or collaborating with other organizations, our Chapters provide a platform for members to make a tangible difference in their communities. Our local volunteers are also the strongest voice to our elected representatives. No one gets a better response from a policy maker than a local voter!

In essence, our Chapters are more than just meeting places – they are catalysts for positive change and agents of community empowerment. They embody the spirit of volunteerism and civic engagement that lies at the heart of CARP’s mission.

As we express our heartfelt thanks to our Chapter leaders and volunteers, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting and strengthening these vital pillars of our organization. Together, we will continue to build vibrant communities where every older Canadian can thrive.

Anthony Quinn
Chief Community and Benefits Officer
National Volunteer Month – April, 2024