Celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 24-30, 2022

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate, recognize and thank volunteers, and to create awareness for the important work millions do across Canada!

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 24-30, 2022) when we take a moment to celebrate our loyal volunteers, who stand by our side, providing essential support to our daily operations, and helping us grow in unique ways.
This spring is exceptional as we emerge out of a pandemic, seeing the return of key programs and welcoming people back into the building. Above and beyond, our Garden is buzzing with the return of our volunteers. I have said time and time again that volunteers are the heartbeat of our Garden. Our team is energized by their presence and partnership. And our Garden is stronger with volunteers on the team.
I truly believe that together we can achieve great things for our community, humanity, and for the planet. I thank all of our volunteers, past and present, for their dedication to the Toronto Botanical Garden, along with their passion, and enthusiasm.
I look forward to the great things we will achieve together!
– Stephanie Jutila, Executive Director

In this National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we wanted to highlight just how grateful we are to you, TBG volunteers, for your efforts to support us in these past challenging times. My summary at the end of 2020 began with “When the going gets tough …. TBG volunteers get going” and I am moved to say the same again for 2021. Over 125 of you rose to the challenge of helping us in what was another challenging year.

Our Garden Shop team remained there for us, rolling with the challenges combining being open for in-person shopping as well as operating curbside pick up. Thank you Library team members for coming back to help behind the scenes assisting the new Library Manager to prepare the Weston Family library for a new look and a successful reopening, and our Adult Education folks switching from in-person to virtual events and back to in-person again – all with calm professionalism.

And you were there for us looking after our gardens, still volunteering into November!

And thank you to our talented tour guides, leading small groups from late Spring onwards. Through our tours, thanks to you, we provided 480 visitors with a great in-person experience and connected with a further 914 virtually!

You were there for us for the main in-person event we could offer at the end of the year (Holiday Open House and Market) and you were also there for us diligently working behind the scenes. As a result, we are in good shape to be able to offer TTGG this year as well as reach a readership of thousands through our online magazine Trellis.

A total of over 6,284 volunteer hours in another pandemic year – remarkable!

We continue to be reassured by your unstinting support, and are hopeful that, with your help, we will be ready and able to offer more of our typical TBG experiences to our visitors as the year unfolds.

Also, as the year unfolds, keep an eye on expansion news, an exciting future is ahead and we hope you will be a part of that!

– Sue Hills, Volunteer Supervisor

Share your volunteer story with us, then tag one, or tag many to join the conversation! #NVW2022 #TorontoBotanicalGarden

Thank you!!