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April 3, 2023

Thank You, CCAC Volunteers!

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Happy National Volunteer Month! On behalf of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), we would like to take this opportunity to thank the CCAC’s volunteers for all of the time, expertise, and knowledge they have shared over the years.

National Volunteer Month is an annual celebration intended to spur an important conversation – why volunteers matter. The impact of volunteers at the CCAC cannot be overstated; everything we do, and all that we achieve, is thanks to volunteers. The CCAC relies on the support of approximately 2,000 volunteers, serving on more than 190 local animal care committees, to help fulfill its mandate in institutions across Canada. We are also fortunate to work with hundreds of people who give their time to the CCAC participating on the Board of Directors and numerous committees, subcommittees, and task forces. Still more volunteers comment on documents and translations, or review the drafts of CCAC guidelines documents.

In 2022-2023 alone:

  • 55 people worked on the CCAC’s five standing committees;
  • 118 volunteers participated on guidelines development subcommittees;
  • 23 people participated on working groups or task forces;
  • 71 were assessment panel members; and
  • 26 presented at our virtual training events.

You can see our list of volunteers on our website.

Together, we share the common goal of ensuring the ethical care and use of all animals in Canadian science. Your collaboration in diligently spreading this message and delivering our program in institutions across Canada is tremendously appreciated. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wealth of experience within our ranks of volunteers.

Once again, thank you for the immeasurably valuable work you do. We could not do it without you.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Michael Czubryt
Chair, CCAC

Mr. Pierre Verreault
Executive Director, CCAC

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