Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, next Thursday, November 15, is National Philanthropy Day. It is the day when we honour the enormous contributions of volunteers, charitable organizations and, indeed, all Canadians and thank them for their spirit of giving. It is also the day that reminds us we should celebrate the kindness and generosity of others every day of the year.
In 2012, the National Philanthropy Day Act was given Royal Assent to officially celebrate the day in Canada. That act states:
. . . philanthropy is the spirit of giving without expectation of reward;
. . . philanthropy helps build strong communities and active civic participation by bringing people together to serve a common goal.
I believe Canadians do that every day of the year.
Honourable senators, this year is especially important as we are currently studying the charitable sector in the special Senate committee that was formed to discuss issues facing the sector and how we can find ways to help improve it. Like National Philanthropy Day, the committee’s work is reminding us of the importance of giving and how so many organizations across the country are working hard to accomplish their goals.
I encourage all honourable senators to remain active in their communities and to inspire volunteers to continue giving of themselves.
Merely saying “thank you” may sound like a very simple gesture, but the impact of those two words can mean the world to someone.
Thank you, honourable senators.