Mr. Speaker, several thousand Quebec volunteers make a significant and constructive contribution to the community. I am pleased to recognize the invaluable work of these volunteers within organizations that are essential to our society's well-being.
I am very grateful to those people of all ages and from all walks of life for the unassuming work they do with non profit organizations, citizens groups, schools, sports organizations and numerous associations.
The number of volunteers in my riding and throughout Quebec is impressive. They respond generously to the ever increasing demand for their services. Today marks the end of National Volunteer Week, and I want to take this opportunity to thank, congratulate and pay tribute to these people.
In particular, I want to recognize the exceptional work volunteers do with the disadvantaged in my riding of Louis-Hébert. With very limited resources, they manage to help children, teenagers, mothers, those who are hospitalized, persons who are losing their autonomy and those who are abandoned.
Their salary is the smile they get from the people they help. Congratulations—