Volunteer of the Year 2016: Bryce B.
December 21, 2016
With celebratory cheer, CJ Rowe, QMUNITY’s executive director, surprised longtime volunteer Bryce at Voluncheers when he was named Volunteer of the Year. Here are the remarks CJ made at the event:
Because I am an academic by nature I have to start off with a quote that I found on the Government of Ontario’s website about volunteerism. It reads: “Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations like have. The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves is a valuable resource.”
You help QMUNITY achieve its mission and vision in many different ways:
- you bring with you objectivity that helps us reshape our programs and services;
- you bring specialized skills and knowledge that enhances the organizations ability to respond to more complex issues in our diverse LGBTQ/2S communities;
- you provide us with immediate access to the communities that you are part of;
- you bring with you new ideas that can help us build efficiencies into our systems and programs;
- and frankly, you make things more fun as you share your smiles, laughter, sense of humour and great ideas.
I’d like to share a few highlights from this past year with you:
- Our volunteers that provide information and referral services received over 8,000 phone calls,
- Talked to over 10,000 people face-to-face, and
- Answered over 15,000 emails
- Our volunteer counsellors worked with over 150 clients
- Our volunteers on average stay with us for over six months,
- 90 per cent of them leave only because they have found full-time jobs
I am in awe of the fact that 120 individuals have collectively given 4500 hours of committed work to better the lives of queer, trans, Two-Spirit communities in 2016.
This is what we are celebrating tonight. I could not get done what I need to do without the support that each and everyone brings to this team.
For that I say thank you!
And now, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the team member who will be honoured as Volunteer of the Year for 2016.
In many ways our Volunteer of the Year is a cornerstone to our Information and Referral Services desk. He has been involved with QMUNITY in many different ways since the 90s when he first attended a GAB Youth session. He is an avid tennis player and a key organizer with the Vancouver Tennis Association. In fact, he chooses to play tennis over the first weekend in August where he celebrates Pride in style.
Please join me in congratulating Bryce Burns on being QMUNITY’s Volunteer of the Year!
Bryce, thank you for being a constant with QMUNITY. Your time, dedication and commitment to personning the desk on Friday afternoons is much appreciated. The connections you make whether in person or over the phone make lasting impressions on many of us.