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Volunteer Week and Positions!

This is Volunteer Week! And we want to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers with all organisations who give their time and their energy and their skills to help make our society better in many different ways.  Volunteers play a huge and not-often-recognised part in making Canada what it is – a compassionate, caring and equitable country we are fortunate to live in.

No volunteers deserve thanks more than those with MADD Canada.  Over the years you have helped us to maintain our presence at the forefront of the most admired and respected charitable organisations and – most importantly – to keep getting out our message, which is summed up in our mission objective:

“To stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.” 

If MADD as an organisation lives up to those aspirations, it is because of you, our volunteers.

Because we are a volunteer organisation, MADD Ottawa is able to put every penny it receives in donations to good use, and we do strive to make the return on our investments as impactful as possible.  Our current and ongoing local activities cover: victims services; memorialisation of lost loved ones; education of the public in general – focussing in particular on young people; supporting the Ottawa Police in their enforcement measures and the City of Ottawa’s Safer Roads program in its objectives; research, data collection, and analysis; training; support to the court system; and advocacy with all levels of government.

This year, coming out of Covid, we have big plans to get back into the community.

  • It starts with the May long weekend. We will be mounting a Crashed Car[1] event in the Byward Market on May 21, 22, and 23.  We will be there to explain to the public who we are and what we do, and to spread our key messages, such as: drink and consume responsibly; plan a safe drive home; and be certain in advance that your fun evening will not end up hurting you or anyone else.  We hope to see you there!
  • We are also planning a Virtual Run/Walk/Cycle event later in the summer (dates to be confirmed). This is a first for the Ottawa Chapter, and we are excited to see it come together.
  • We will be there at the Jay McGinn Memorial Golf Tournament at Loch March Golf Club on August 20th, and we encourage everyone to attend.
  • We will be at the Perth Fair on Labour Day weekend, once again with our Crashed Car, and encourage you to come out.

We hope to be at other events in the community, too, as many of them as possible.  But they can’t happen without the support of our volunteers, and we will be looking for help at all of the events I have mentioned.

Finally, WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS, and specifically are seeking to fill a number of key positions to enable us to grow as an organisation:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Media liaison
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Schools and universities liaison
  • Fundraising director
  • Outlying regions director
  • Directors at large

If any of these opportunities intrigues you, please get in touch at Madd.Ottawa@outlook.com.   We can send you a short description of the roles and responsibilities of each of these positions to see if it would be a good fit.

This is an exciting time to work with MADD Ottawa.  Please stick with us if you are already a volunteer, and come out and support.  If you are not, come and try us on for size or show your interest in one of the important positions above.  You can e-mail us at Madd.Ottawa@outlook.com or click on the Volunteering banner on our website.

Whatever you decide to do to help or support, you can be certain that your efforts will make a difference in stamping out the senseless and completely preventable crime of impaired driving.

Your Ottawa Chapter Board

Geoff, Valerie, Annie, Greg, Amy, Troy and another Troy

[1] The car is generously donated by our friends and partners at Carstar

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