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“Most Canadians have likely engaged with a charity or nonprofit at some point in their lives. Charities play an essential role in communities across Canada. Great outcomes are achieved when charities and governments work together – examples include drunk driving legislation and smoke-free workplaces.”


Let’s Create a Day of Recognition!

It is time for the Canadian community to join in and be inspired by the passion, ingenuity and commitment of the human service sector. We are calling for a Day of Recognition for the Not-for-Profit Champions in our communities.

Raksha M. Bhayana speaks to the Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector about creating a National Day of Recognition (18:37-18:45).

Here’s how you can take action:

  • We are planning to start a petition at the Provincial level. Please join our mailing list for further information.
  • Connect with your local councillor, MPP/MLA or MP to advocate for a Day of Recognition.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper about the topic. Be sure to include a personal story of how you or someone you know has been touched by these champions.
  • Raise the profile of the Champion in your community through media and social media.
  • Connect with the Bhayana Family Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter, and like/share our Day of Recognition posts. Tag your MP.

We plan to initiate a petition to the Ontario Legislature urging them to create a Provincial Day of Recognition. Please join our mailing list so that we can alert you when the petition is ready.

Together, we will make this happen.


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Volunteer! Become part of something great

Even heroes need a helping hand. Our Champions especially need a helping hand during the pandemic. Virtual volunteer opportunities are also available. If you have some extra hours that you’d like to contribute to your community, United Ways and their funded agencies will be grateful for your support. Not only will you be assisting in their valuable work, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills while improving the lives of people in need.

Contact your local United Way and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

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Tell us your Champion Story

If a human service hero has impacted your life, helped a friend or family member, or made a positive change to the community where you live, drop us a line. We would love to hear your personal hero story. With your permission, we will publish your story on our website and post a link on social media.

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