April 23 – 29 is National Volunteer Week

Volunteering is integral to the success of any non-profit organization. Whether it be program support, assistance with special events, or helping with office administration, it all contributes to the overall advancement of the organization and its mandate.

The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC) offers 16 programs and services ranging from summer camp bursaries to a youth support group, as well as dance, yoga, art, and martial arts classes to help members stay active and fit. Behind the scenes, volunteers contributed 3,000 hours in 2016 alone, helping members to realize their potential and stay active.

CPABC volunteers assist yoga and dance students to hold a pose, provide support and coordination for special events, and help members to achieve a Life Without Limits. Volunteering is also a learning experience; it demonstrates first hand that people living with disabilities are the same as everyone else, but just have different obstacles to overcome.

Youth Without Limits volunteer Jalisa Karim says that program participants have taught her what it is like to have a disability, and give her a different perspective on life. The same can be said for Anton Nikitenko. Volunteering at CPABC changed his perspective about the capability of people living with disabilities. He now has more of an understanding of the physical challenges people may face, but knows it doesn’t diminish their ability to live fulfilling and independent lives.

Volunteers see first-hand the benefits of their work through a participants’ smile of satisfaction or ability to express themselves through yoga, dance or art. We are grateful for our volunteers and salute them for all their hard work and contributions to our cause. Thank you for helping us create a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities!

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