You have officially made it through a quarter of 2021 – congratulations!
This April, we will be celebrating the beauty in individuals coming together, inspired by the theme for 2021 National Volunteer Week: The Value of One, The Power of Many. Celebrated from April 18-24, this week is an opportunity to reflect on the inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, volunteering has taken on many forms in our socially-distanced new norm. Some choose to create masks for donations, others buy groceries for elderly folks, and many have found value in providing pro-bono virtual services to non-profits.
Most recently, we’ve seen Canadians step up to support the Asian-Canadian community, through raising awareness on racial injustice, supporting local businesses, and honouring victims and survivors of racially motivated attacks. No matter how small, individual actions bring on big change when many of us come together – even in virtual spaces.
Like many of you, volunteering has helped me meet people and find a community virtually. I hope that this month’s newsletter inspires you to give back, lend a helping hand, and work together towards a healthier and more inclusive future.
Please continue to wear your masks and remain socially distanced, and check your region’s guidelines and regulations. In regions of the country where it is still safe to visit venues, please follow all health guidelines that the venue has in place. Although we are updating the Canoo app, please always check the website of the venue or call ahead to find out about safety protocols and/or temporary closures in advance of visiting.
Have a good National Volunteer Week!
Hiba, Membership Experience Specialist
Check out the collections of these museums for free online or in person, and be sure to check with the venue before visiting:
Celebrate National Film Day with You Are Here: A Come From Away Story
Enjoy a free screening of the uplifting film You Are Here: A Come From Away Story and then participate in a live Q&A with director Moze Mossanen. This touching documentary describes how the community of Gander, Newfoundland came together to support airplane passengers stranded by the shutdown of U.S. airspace on 9/11, twenty years ago this September. The film will be available for 48 hours starting on April 20, 2021 and the live Q&A will be at 8:30pm EDT on Wednesday, April 21 – National Canadian Film Day. Watch the trailer and register here.
Volunteer with Parks Canada
Volunteers are critical in helping Canadians connect with heritage spaces, and Parks Canada’s volunteers make valuable contributions towards the studies, preservation and exploration of these sites. With over 7,000 volunteers nation-wide and 130,000+ hours donated towards 491 activities, Parks Canada’s youth and adult volunteers contribute towards special events, care taking, citizen science, and much more. Find out about volunteering opportunities at your nearest Parks Canada site here.
Ecologies, A Song For Our Planet at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Ecologies, A Song For Our Planet explores the widespread consequences of human activity, and its adverse effect on populations living symbiotically with the natural world. In Canada, as in other countries with a history of colonization, the issue of environmental injustice is inextricably linked to the sufferings of Indigenous peoples. For more information on visiting this exhibit, click here.
Building Montreal at Pointe-à-Callière – Montreal Museum of Archeology and History
Building Montréal is a testament to the men and women who shaped the city, from the past to the present. Explore Montréal’s history in this astonishing exhibition that offers a uniquely captivating and engaging experience. Check out the virtual exhibit here.
Free Spring Break Workshops for Students with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Do you know a student interested in costume and scenic design? Join design specialists Ksenia Broda-Milian and Shauna Jones for free workshops with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. You’ll need a workspace where you can be creative and some materials. Check out the workshops here. All workshops will occur via Zoom and space is limited.
Words Are Weapons by Justin Langlois at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Words Are Weapons is an exhibit which began as a response to the language used during Canada’s Opioid Crisis in the 1990s, aiming to explore the impact of language that stigmatizes and shames. This exhibit encourages participants to consider new frameworks of care that protects the health and safety of all members within their communities, and call on action on behalf of the “common good”. View the exhibit here.
“Canoo is a great way to start your new journey and get to know Canada better.” Meet Canoo Member Rahul Bagga. Rahul is passionate about unity and being a compassionate member of his community. He recently shared with us how he uses Canoo to visit cultural places from coast to coast like Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and Quebec City in Quebec. Read Rahul’s full story on our website.
The 2021 Census is coming!
Every five years, Canadians are invited to participate in the census to help paint a portrait of Canada’s diverse population and the places where we live. In May, all households in Canada will be invited to complete the 2021 Census. Help your community make choices about education, employment, transportation, health care and housing services. Completing your questionnaire online is quick and easy. For more information, visit the census website at www.census.gc.ca.