Hong Kong – CSB Volunteer Team encourages colleagues to vote at DC election (with photos)

CSB Volunteer Team encourages colleagues to vote at DC election (with photos)


     With only 20 days to go before the District Council (DC) Election, the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Volunteer Team distributed leaflets to civil servants at the walkways and footbridge outside the Central Government Offices (CGO) at Tamar as they finished work this evening (November 20), to further disseminate the message of casting one’s vote at the DC election.

     The Volunteer Team, led by the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, and joined by the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Clement Leung, and a number of deputy secretaries, was composed of staff members from various grades including Administrative Officers and Executive Officers. They aimed to convey a simple message – vote with your families on December 10!

     Mrs Yeung said, “The DC election to be held on December 10 is the first election after improving the district governance system and reforming the DCs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. We all earnestly hope that the new DCs could make district services more targeted and bring stability and development to Hong Kong. Civil servants, like members of the general public, should actively participate in it.

     “This election is of great significance. Earlier, different Heads of Departments have promoted the DC election in their departments through various channels. It is also the first time for us to join hands with the four central civil service consultative councils to publicise the election. The staff and management sides have been working together to let civil servants understand the importance of the election. The CSB Volunteer Team would like to do more and encourage more colleagues to follow the election and vote together, and to grasp the opportunity to elect DC members who do real work for the districts.”

     The CSB Volunteer Team will continue to promote the importance of the DC election to colleagues through various means, including promotions in other government buildings.

PAWS NY Trains Its 5,000th Volunteer

 Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY is thrilled to announce that the organization recently trained its 5,000th volunteer. Since launching on November 11, 2009, PAWS NY has helped more than 1,500 older adults and individuals living with illness or disability care for their pets—thanks to the hard work of volunteers all over New York City.

At PAWS NY, volunteers help clients with dog walking, litterbox maintenance, administration of pet food and water, basic grooming, and transporting pets to and from the veterinarian’s office. Plus, they chip in extra visits to help deliver pet food and supplies, as well as the annual Holiday Gift Bags.

“Without our amazing volunteers, the work of PAWS NY is simply not possible,” said Rachel Herman, Founder and Executive Director of PAWS NY. “We truly have the most dedicated and passionate volunteers who love helping their fellow New Yorkers and their animal companions every day. We are so excited to have trained more than 5,000 volunteers since our inception and can’t wait to bring 5,000 more into the mix in the coming years.”

As of March 15, 2020, PAWS NY had trained 2,332 volunteers, and the organization more than doubled its numbers over the past three and a half years. Between March 2020 and November 2023, more than 2,660 volunteers joined PAWS NY.

“One of the ways we adapted at the beginning of the pandemic was by switching from in-person to Virtual Volunteer Orientations,” explained Liz Raganella, the Senior Program Manager at PAWS NY who leads all orientations. “By doing this, we’ve been able to train significantly more volunteers. Additionally, one of our current goals is to do more outreach and recruitment in the outer boroughs, and offering virtual orientations has made it much easier to connect with folks in these areas as well.”

PAWS NY volunteers have made more than 120,000 visits to New Yorkers and their pets since the organization began and are currently on track to make more than 22,000 visits during this fiscal year. Of the volunteers trained since March 2020, about 38% live in an outer borough, which has been helpful as PAWS NY focuses on further increasing its presence beyond Manhattan, ensuring that the organization is bringing services to those in need no matter where they live in NYC.

Volunteer Kathryn found PAWS NY after moving to New York City from St. Louis more than six years ago: “The most rewarding part is allowing people to keep their pets in their lives, especially as they get older,” she said in a video about PAWS NY. “I think we all need that sense of companionship and it’s really beautiful that we can help people keep that. New York City can be a lonely place and being able to have your cat or dog—or guinea pig—is incredible.”

If you are interested in becoming a PAWS NY volunteer, visit our website at www.pawsny.org to register for an upcoming Virtual Volunteer Orientation on one of these dates:
– Monday, December 4 at 6:00pm
– Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00pm

The mission of PAWS NY is to help New York City’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets by delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers. Our programs help keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the human-animal bond that is so physically and psychologically valuable to our clients. Thus, our motto: helping people by helping pets. To learn more, visit www.pawsny.org.

Kimberly Green
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Volunteer MBC Announces Host Urz Heer, Nominees and Entertainers of the 2021 Virtual V-Oscars

Volunteer MBC is thrilled to announce the Virtual V-Oscars presented by Maritime Ontario, which will be streamed live on June 17 at 7 pm and hosted by UN Women Canadian Delegate, TV host, peace and human rights activist Urz Heer. In addition to the notable award nominees and presenters, this prestigious volunteer recognition awards event for Peel will also feature acclaimed artists such as Lamoi Simmonds, Ori Dagan, and performer groups from danceShala and Clarkson Music Theatre. Tickets to this online event are free at voscars.volunteermbc.org.

“Many great stars of our community are honouring the volunteers that have really stepped up during this pandemic, their family, friends, workplace teams, and our supporters,” notes Carine Strong, Volunteer MBC’s Executive Director. “This year’s edition, themed Star Power, has more volunteer nominees, sponsors and top-class performers than ever in our decade-plus yearly celebration; a truly stellar night not to be missed, inclusive and free for all!”

Beloved community leader Jake Dheer will be honoured with the Hazel McCallion Power of Giving Award, sponsored by Brampton Brick Ltd. Maritime Ontario returns as Title Sponsor and is joined by KMA Consultants Inc as Event Sponsor, Macmaster GM as Entertainment Sponsor, and Alphavima Technologies as COVID-19 Stars Sponsor. All nominees will receive official nominee medals supported by Nadine Melrose.

Volunteer MBC, your local volunteer centre, fuels purposeful connections between thousands of Peel residents and hundreds of community service organizations to respond to our community’s most pressing social issues. For more info and to see the full list of 2021 V-Oscars nominees, nominating organizations, award categories and sponsors, please visit volunteermbc.org, our social media sites, or contact event lead Rucsandra Saulean at media@volunteermbc.org or 647.203.5158.