February 17th
Celebrating our staff members during Non-profit Appreciation Week

An appreciation week for those working in the non-profit sector was long overdue!

Our Non-profit sector is a crucial element of Canadian society, and it plays a critical role in building healthy communities. Here, at The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth (HSKWSP), we are delighted to be celebrating the first-ever annual Non-profit Appreciation Week to honour our staff members. 

Our staff members make us who we are. Since the pandemic began, the members of HSKWSP have tirelessly provided essential services and support to the communities we serve. These services include emergency boarding, fostering, providing medical services, and emergency pet food banks, among others. The HSKWSP staff have relentlessly worked through it all with a big smile on their faces.

To help commemorate our dedicated staff members, the HSKWSP is hosting lunches at both centres accompanied by sweet treats and coffee. This celebration recognizes a wide array of work that has and continues to transform the lives of the animals, their owners, families and communities. Despite all the challenges in the past two years, the non-profit sector staff and volunteers have continued to deliver programs that positively impact the communities we serve.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the HSKWSP has increased its services and introduced several new programs and resources to ensure we can meet the growing needs of the community.

EMERGENCY BOARDING PROGRAM

In partnership with several social agencies and emergency services, the HSKWSP offers pet owners temporary, short-term housing when experiencing a personal emergency or crisis. The service is offered in Waterloo Region and Perth County.

EMERGENCY PET FOOD BANK

Through this program, we want to make sure that people and their pets can remain together even during times of crisis. Those seeking assistance can make appointments at our centre to pick up food for their pets. Community members donate all the supplies that are available at the centre.

Simultaneously, our volunteer fosters and staff members have opened their homes to animals in need to make sure they receive the love and care they deserve. Our staff members have left no stone unturned to ensure our community members are cared for in the most vulnerable situations.

So, this week of appreciation, we are showing our support and love for everything our staff members do for us. We would not be where we are today without them.

ABOUT NON-PROFIT APPRECIATION WEEK

With the unanimous passage of Bill 9 – an Act to Proclaim a Week of Appreciation for the non-profit sector – Ontario has become the first province to host a Non-profit Sector Week of Appreciation. Every third week of February will now celebrate non-profit staff throughout the region. This week aims to recognize and commemorate those working in the non-profit sector and the impact of their outstanding work in the community.

The Bhayana Family Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Greater Toronto and the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), originally came up with the idea for a province-wide week of recognition for the staff in their sector. Not an easy feat to achieve, Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill, passionately championed Bill 9 and made certain the non-profit sector was honoured for its social and economic contributions to society.