Recap: Celebrating National Volunteer Week #NVW2019

(left to right) Chapter leaders Willa Choy (TriCities), Han Shu (Burnaby/New Westminster), John Dumfries (Richmond/S.Delta), provincial board chair Barry MacDonald, and Matthew Wong (Vancouver) at the Volunteer Appreciation event April 9, 2019. Photo by CPABC.

CPABC hosted a Volunteer Appreciation reception on April 9, 2019 to thank local chapter leaders and volunteers who participated in various chapter organized community engagement events during the year.

Over 80 CPABC members, CPA candidates/students attended this special celebratory event which was scheduled during National Volunteer Week #NVW2019 which runs from April 7 to 13.

The evening was emceed by David Chiang CPA CA, CPABC’s vice-president member advice & programs.  Opening remarks were delivered by Matthew Wong CPA CGA, chair of the CPABC Vancouver Chapter, which co-hosted this event with CPABC.

Christine Woodington CPA CGA, vice-chair of the CPABC Vancouver Chapter, sharing her view of volunteerism. Photo by CPABC.

Caroline Andrewes CPA CMA PEng, past president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist, speaking about volunteering for governance roles. Photo by CPABC.

Matt was followed by three volunteers who have been recognized by the profession for their significant volunteer contributions:  Christine Woodington CPA CGA, is a chapter leader for both the CPABC Vancouver and CPABC Richmond/S.Delta Chapters and CPA Recruitment Ambassador, and Caroline Andrewes CPA CMA PEng, is the past-president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.  Both Christine and Caroline received the CPABC Distinguished Service Award last year.  They shared their volunteer experiences with CPABC chapters and externally with other professional associations.

Barry MacDonald, chair of the provincial board, talked about his own volunteer journey. Photo by CPABC.

They were followed by Barry Macdonald, FCPA FCA, chair of the CPABC provincial board.  He shared his lifelong experience volunteering for many different organizations and the personal enrichment that comes from that involvement.  Barry concluded by thanking the assembled audience for their contribution in lifting our communities.

Photo by CPABC.


Photo by CPABC.

Other provincial board members in attendance included Stanley Chang CPA CGA, provincial treasurer, and Karen Horcher FCPA FCGA.

CPABC provincial treasurer Stanley Chang CPA CGA with CPABC North Shore Chapter board member Raji Dhaliwal.  Photo  by CPABC.

Volunteerism Statistics:

CPABC values the volunteer contributions of all our members, CPA candidates/students.  Here are statistics from three volunteer activities:

  • 150 active financial literacy volunteers delivered more than 280 finlit seminars across BC.  Since program inception, over 1,100 sessions have been held in BC;
  • 340 members volunteered with the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program completing over 8,000 tax returns for low income taxpayers;
  • 377 chapter volunteers participated in 17 community engagement events for a total of 1,471 hours; just to name a few examples.

We’re #CPAproud of the many ways that CPABC members, CPA students/candidates give back to their communities.

Photo by CPABC.

Photo by CPABC.

Get Involved:

If you want to volunteer with CPABC, check out the Volunteer Resource Centre which has information about various opportunities.  Then, submit your application using the online form.  If you are interested in opportunities in the community, many not-for-profit organizations post their open board positions on the CPABC Career Site.  And, there are many opportunities with CPA Canada as a member of a standards board or committee, a financial literacy volunteer or as a mentor for indigenous high school students.  Go ahead – volunteer today – and lift up your community!

Some additional photos from the April 9th event:

(Left to right) Raji Dhaliwal (CPABC North Shore Chapter) and CPABC’s David Chiang. Photo by CPABC.

CPABC Richmond/S.Delta Chspter leaders. Photo by CPABC.

Photo by CPABC.

Photo by CPABC.

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