Volunteer Appreciation Week 2020

This year, National Volunteer Appreciation Week runs from April 19 to 25. While we are always appreciative of the time, dedication, and hard work our thousands of volunteers donate to our cause, we wanted to take this opportunity to send an extra bit of love and thanks to all of you, who make the work we do possible.

To kick off the week, our President and CEO, Mina Mawani, said a few words:

"Crohn’s and Colitis Canada was built on the passion and commitment of our dedicated volunteers. As a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, we are very grateful for the partnership we have with our volunteers. Through your selfless dedication, valuable time and constant enthusiasm we are able to move closer to our promise."

Read the rest of her message here.
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Meet Our 2019 HIGHLIGHTED Volunteers

Betty Priddle
Name: Betty Priddle
Location: Newfoundland
Volunteer Role: Chapter Secretary & Treasurer
Volunteer Service: 20+ years
Gutsy Walk Role: Gutsy Walk Volunteer and Captain
Betty has been there for the Trinity-Conception chapter from the start. Since then, she has selflessly devoted her time to our organization, and is instrumental in the continued success of her chapter’s Fall Raffle and Gutsy Walk.

Peter Dobranowski
Name: Peter Dobranowski
Location: British Columbia
Volunteer Role: Chapter President & Treasurer
Volunteer Service: 5 years
Gutsy Walk Role: Gutsy Walk Captain & Participant
Peter started volunteering with us because he wanted to meet other people living with Crohn’s or colitis. Little did he know, his first steps with our organization would grow into a passion for helping, whether it is in his role as the Fraser Valley West Chapter President, or in his work to create more accessible services for underserved communities.

Marsha Pearlstein
Name: Marsha Pearlstein
Location: Ontario
Volunteer Role: Office Support Volunteer
Volunteer Service: 2 years
Gutsy Walk Role: Gutsy Walk Participant & Volunteer
Marsha has been a familiar face at the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada head office since 2017. A jack-of-all-trades, she has moved from department to department, helping out wherever her skills are needed.

Emma Moore
Name: Emma Moore
Location: Prince Edward Island
Volunteer Role: Go Here Access Program Ambassador
Volunteer Service: 2 years
Gutsy Walk Role: Gutsy Walk Participant
Emma used her Crohn’s diagnosis as a catalyst for her involvement with our organization. She brought the GoHere Washroom Access Program to Prince Edward Island in January 2018, and has since signed on more than 15 businesses.


We want to hear from you, too! Share your story with us on social media by tagging us @getgutsycanada on Twitter and Facebook and using the hashtag #NVW2020. We’ll be liking and re-sharing our favourites throughout the week!

How can I get involved?

Thanks for your enthusiasm! We’re always welcoming new volunteers. You can check our Volunteer Postings page to see if there is a role that interests you.

Our Gutsy Walk is also coming up on Sunday, June7. A family-friendly, fun-filled event, this is Canada’s largest community fundraiser for Crohn’s and colitis. Since 1996, the Gutsy Walk has raised over $35 million for research and patient programs—all thanks to participants, donors, and sponsors who are driven to make a difference. You can learn how you can get involved with Gutsy Walk here.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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