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Volunteer Services Volunteers are an essential part of providing support to those affected by mental illness. At CMHA, we rely on our dedicated volunteers to support our programs, services and activities. The Volunteer Services Program at CMHA - Calgary Region provides strategic and administrative supports to other CMHA programs in order to assist CMHA in addressing community needs. It promotes volunteerism as a needed support for CMHA clients. The Volunteer Services Program is responsible for supporting staff who supervise agency volunteers in their specific programs to ensure volunteers remain engaged and have meaningful opportunities to help the community. Areas of focus in this Program include: training of volunteers and volunteer supervisors, recruitment (promotion, screening, interviewing, etc.), recognition, communication and standards. Volunteers support CMHA - Calgary Region to provide an expanded range of supports by volunteering as ongoing peer matches, volunteering at peer support groups or volunteering to deliver mental health presentations at schools. Without the current dedicated base of exceptional volunteers, CMHA Calgary Region would not be able to provide the breadth and depth of services to clients in need. From the volunteer expertise that is given at the board level to the volunteers who socialize with clients and model interpersonal, social, and problem-solving skills and to the volunteers who facilitate groups, CMHA - Calgary is greatly supported by knowledgeable, committed community members who want to make a difference – and they do. CMHA VOLUNTEER: “ By sharing my experiences, it helps others fell less alone and more helpful. Almost every session, a participant from the group says ‘thank you, it helped.’” In 2012-2013 197 volunteers contributed to CMHA programs 89% 86% found their experience volunteering with CMHA was meaningful said they have developed new skills or talents as a result of their experience CMHA Awards Every year CMHA – Calgary awards deserving individuals and organizations with our annual awards. Congratulations! 2012-2013 Award Winners: Outstanding Community Service Award: Calgary Police Service, Police Information Check Unit Tim Grest Memorial Award (Volunteer of the Year): Jane Mackinnon 22 C a n a d i a n M e n t a l H e a l t h A s s o c i a t i o n – C a l g a r y R e g i o n