On Jan. 31, the City of Markham held its annual Volunteer Fair. The Civic Centre opened its doors to residents who were interested in learning about the various committees including Heritage Markham, Main Street Markham, Heintzman House Community Centre Board and the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham.

One attendee new to Canada, Amit Arora explained how she had moved to Canada three months ago, came across the Markham website and wanted to see if she could contribute.

Another participant, Alex Ribeiro was looking forward to resuming his volunteer work from seven years ago. He was retired and wanted to feel involved.

After everyone satisfied their interest about the committees and boards, they adjourned to the council chamber where they learned about the importance of volunteer work to city council and how the application and selection process works. Mayor Frank Scarpitti greeted the participants, thanked the councilors, committees and volunteers in attendance, and explained how important their work was to the community. Testimonials were heard, questions answered. Volunteering is a way to make a difference in Markham.

Photo: Kenneth Ng, Doors Open chair.


Andrew Fuyarchuk is a high school principal, author and professor. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and has authored two scholarly books. Concerns include Canadian heritage, community and nature. He serves as a Director for the Markham Village Conservancy and as Vice-Chair and Chair of Sites sub-committee for Doors Open.

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