Volunteers Can Change the World

What is Volunteering

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. It is helping, assisting, or serving another person or persons without pay.

Volunteers do such a wide variety of tasks and jobs in your local and global communities.  Volunteers do everything from stuffing envelopes to serving on boards of directors. They raise funds for charity, coach sports teams, run youth and children’s programs, deliver meals, shop for the elderly, help recent immigrants settle in, work to protect the environment, help feed hungry people, guide museum and art gallery visitors, and build homes for homeless people, and so on and so on.  Volunteers are the basis for many of our earliest establishments, including Hospitals, Homes for the elderly, Orphanages, and several well known and long standing health and welfare organizations including the SPCA (Established 1869), the Canadian Red Cross (1896), The Victorian Order of Nurses -VON (1897), and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada (1913), just to name a few.  Take a few moments and think of the place that are driven by volunteers and the work that they do, the meals on wheels drivers, the parents of the PTA, the girl and boy scout leaders, the local minor sports associations, the porters at the hospital, the list can go on and on.  Chances are you and/or your family are impacted by the work of a volunteer on a regular basis.

As our lives continuously get busier and busier, it gets harder to find time to donate.  According to the National Statistics the number of those who volunteer are dropping.  In 2013 12.7 million Canadians volunteered their time, compared to 13.3 million in 2010, that’s a 5% decrease.  On the other hand, the need that volunteers service are on the rise.  And so the cycle continues.

Margaret Mead quoteImagine what the world will be like without the dedication of volunteers with a cause, what would the world be like if Rotary International did not have the mission to eradicate   Polio, as a result Rotarian’s have contributed over US$850 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteer-hours, leading to the inoculation of more than two billion of the world’s children.

Please take some time to recognize the time and hard work volunteers put into your community and abroad to ensure that great Organizations can continue their work, and continue to change the world.

National Volunteer Weeks

  • April 12-18 2015
  • April 10-17 2016
  • April 23-29 2017



Here’s to the Crazy Ones


 “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.


So here it is … My BHAG…img6-full

In August 2016 (the month I turn 40), I will participate in my areas Century Ride, which is a 100 Mile (160 km) bicycle tour to 3 Ports along Lake Erie. 

First off, I’m sure if you are reading this, and unfamiliar with Verne Harnish (the Growth Guy), you have are probably wondering what BHAG means.  Well it is simply stands for a BIG HAIRY A$$ GOAL.  He states that if you are not growing you are dying, and by not setting crazy goals to stride for, their is nothing pushing you to achieve what you want. Don’t get me wrong, he is not saying go out and have BHAG be the end all and be all, but there are a series of smaller more measurable means to get there.  It is a proven fact about human nature that once you succeed at something, you are more likely to keep doing it.  The same is true in the Newton’s Laws of Motion:

  • Law #1 – an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion
  • Law#2 – the more force applied to an object the greater the acceleration 
  • Law#3 – for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

Who knew goal setting could be a physics lesson??

If we tweak a few of the words in the above laws of physics, you can apply them to human nature.

  • Law #1 – a PERSON at rest tends to stay at rest, and an PERSON in motion tends to stay in motion
  • Law#2 – the more force applied to an object the greater the ACCOUNTABILITY
  • Law#3 – for every action there is an equal and opposite CONSEQUENCE

Long explanation short.  Once you start it is hard to stop, as you are being held accountable by your network, or face the consequence of not achieving the goal.  Simple right?

By reading this, I am setting the laws of Physics into motion, and you are now apart of my BHAG…What’s yours?