‘The non-profit sector touches every one of us’: Ontario marks first Week of Appreciation for the Nonprofit Sector

The first Week of Appreciation, from Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, will recognize “exceptional individuals in the nonprofit sector whose work transforms the lives of individuals, families, and communities.”

Why It Matters

Running a Week of Appreciation is one way to help non-profit employees — who can suffer from burnout and overwork — feel valued, rewarded, and proud of all the work they’ve accomplished.

Valentine’s Day 2022 marked Ontario’s first-ever Week of Appreciation for the Nonprofit Sector, a way for Ontarians to show their love to the 850,000 nonprofit workers across the province.

The virtual ceremony to mark Ontario’s first Week of Appreciation featured pre-recorded speeches from Premier Doug Ford and Progressive Conservative MPP Daisy Wai, who spearheaded the private members’ bill that enshrined the Week of Appreciation. There will also be recorded speeches from RBC Dominion Securities and McDonald’s – not to mention nonprofit heavyweights such as United Way Centraide Canada CEO Dan Clement, Imagine Canada president Bruce MacDonald, and former New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor Margaret McCain.

Ontario’s Week of Appreciation for the Nonprofit Sector is the brainchild of Raksha Manaktala Bhayana, CEO of the Bhayana Family Foundation. “My first c

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