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Our Seniors and Volunteering

Our Seniors and Volunteering

Nicole Nilsson July 26, 1944 – October 23, 2016 She lived a life of service—to her family, friends, and community. Over 300 members of her small town attended the Celebration of Life to recognize the love and contribution of an amazing woman and dear friend Nicole Nilsson. We were all struck by the sheer range of her service and were in awe of the impact she made during her all-too-short 72 years on this earth!  No wallet or chequebook was safe when Nicole came calling to fundraise for one of the many local causes she embraced.    As do other inspirational seniors, Nicole dedicated much of her time to making her community a better place to live. I am sure you can think of others who fit that profile and it may describe you, as well. Seniors create a vital and sustaining footprint on the landscape of service. It has been suggested that our tax base would collapse under the absolute weight of societal demands if not for the involvement and commitment of those generous individuals.  Indeed, we find volunteering provides a significant economic contribution. It transforms the quality of life for our families, friends, and neighbours and returns many benefits to the giver. Economic Impact Chief Economist for the Bank of England Mr. Andy Haldane pulled together the economic, private, and social value of volunteering. Referencing the work of the Office for National Statistics, he suggests the economic output resulting from formal volunteering equals about £24 billion for Britain (equivalent to US$30 billion and CAN$39.2 billion at the time of this writing). The addition of informal volunteering and infrequent...