Democracy and Volunteering

A boy facing away from the camera with a t-shirt that says "volunteer" on the back.
Photo by Ray Sangga Kusuma.

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."

Last weekend was the national election in Canada. The results are personally disappointing to me, but not nearly as bad as they could have been. I suspect this is the way a lot of Canadians are feeling today: disappointed but not devastated. Frustrated, in general with the limited impact of our votes.

Which is why I thought it would be a good time to remind us all (myself included) that volunteering is a thing and that it's a wonderful way to make your community a little closer to whatever your utopia is.

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