A Tradition of Giving Back

by NationTalk on April 28, 20081600 Views

Press Release
April 28, 2008

Toronto, ON, April 28, 2008 – On the occasion of National Volunteer Week, the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) is pleased to recognize the commitment and dedication of the volunteers that contribute to its overall mission of building capacity in governance and economic development.Linda Clark, a CESO Volunteer Adviser (VA) since 2005, grew up on a family farm in rural Saskatchewan, where community involvement is a way of life. When Linda was young, her father was actively involved on school and church boards and her mother was a part of the local women’s institute. Her upbringing instilled the belief that, “It is part of life to help one another–it’s what you do.”

For Linda, CESO has provided a way to share her experience in accounting and management, that she developed throughout her career, to benefit others. She had first heard about volunteering with CESO when she was working with the Government of Saskatchewan. When the time was right, she applied to join the CESO roster. CESO VAs use their professional skills and expertise, at home and abroad, to help others achieve their goals.

Through CESO’s National Services Linda has been involved in a number of assignments working with Aboriginal communities and one-on-one with individuals. One of her first assignments was mentoring an Aboriginal businesswoman who was operating a beauty salon. Currently she is involved in a governance assignment requested by a First Nations community that would like to establish an economic development management board.

“I’ve done a variety of assignments, met lots of people and been to parts of the province I’d never seen before. Volunteering with CESO has been good for me and I hope that it has been good for the people I work with,” remarked Linda on her experiences building capacity as a CESO VA.

“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity for all Saskatchewan residents to take action and celebrate the contributions of community volunteers and our tradition of community service”, said Lucy Pelletier, CESO Regional Manager for Saskatchewan.

CESO is a not-for-profit organization that helps build proud independent communities. Since 1967, CESO has linked clients with professional Volunteer Advisers like Linda on over 40,000 projects in Canada and internationally. CESO’s services are defined by, and delivered at the request of, individuals, businesses, communities and organizations. CESO National Services provides mentoring, advisory and training services to Aboriginal communities across Canada.

For more information about CESO, or how to join CESO as a Volunteer Adviser, contact info@ceso-saco.com or visit www.ceso-saco.com.



Josie Marchese
Communications Manager
Tel: 416-961-2376 or 1-800-268-9052, extension 253

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