From the beginning, volunteers have played a central role in the Cystic Fibrosis Canada story. Over 60 years ago, Cystic Fibrosis Canada was founded by the parents of children living with cystic fibrosis, bringing hope to the many families impacted by cystic fibrosis in Canada. Over time we have grown, and our mission has evolved to reflect the changing needs of our community, but the role of our dedicated volunteers has remained vital to the work we do.
The reality is there is so much work to be done, and we can’t do it alone. Our volunteers devote their time, energy, and expertise in a variety of ways; by helping to bring awareness to our mission, advocating for life-changing medications, raising funds in support of cystic fibrosis research, and clinical care and advising on our work to name just a few of the ways people have chosen to contribute. As Cystic Fibrosis Canada volunteer, Debra Mattson, shared about her motivations for becoming involved; “It is so enriching on many levels – you make friends, you do fun things, you feel useful and accomplished, you make a difference. Some of my most treasured friends and experiences are because of volunteering.”
This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is “The Value of One, The Power of Many” which perfectly describes the strength of our community. Each and every one of our volunteers plays an important part in advancing our mission, and together, we are changing the course of history for the 4,344 Canadian children and adults living with cystic fibrosis. We are incredibly grateful for the care and efforts of all of our volunteers – past and present.
Volunteers are the backbone of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Hundreds of volunteers from across the country work together every day in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Thank you for all that you do.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit the volunteer section of our website.