April 20, 2018

Tolko celebrates National Volunteer Week - Ryan Johnson, Armstrong Division

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As National Volunteer Week draws to a close, we’d like to introduce you to another amazing Tolko volunteer – Ryan Johnson.

Ryan is HR Manager, Southern Interior Lumber and based out of Tolko’s Armstrong Division . He has volunteered with the Silver Star Free Style Ski Club for three years and is currently the Club’s President. We asked Ryan why he became a volunteer and what he enjoys most about volunteering in the community. 

CC: What made you decide to become a volunteer?

RJ: I volunteer because it keeps me engaged with my kid’s interests and close to my family. I also believe we need to give back to community programs and services in order for them to continue providing value and options/opportunities to everyone. I grew up participating in community driven programs and feel it is important to give back.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of being a volunteer with the Silver Star Free Style Club?

RJ: Seeing kids having fun, learning new things, and making friends. Not to mention I get to be outside, active, and with a great group of friends and family. 

CC: What would you say or recommend to anyone else interested in becoming a volunteer?

RJ: Volunteering should not feel like work. Find something that gives you pleasure and makes you feel good. Not only will this make volunteering rewarding for you but will provide a greater benefit to the organization and people you are volunteering for.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? Any words of wisdom?

RJ: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

About National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. Join Volunteer Canada and Investors Group April 15-21, 2018 to recognize the contributions of volunteers in our communities. This year's theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.

This week, we’re recognizing several of our Tolko employees for the amazing and selfless volunteer work they do in their communities. Volunteers give their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. The magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.