I think we should reward volunteers for all the good they do. Here is a copy of an email I sent to my MP toward that end.
MP, South Okanagan — West Kootenay
Dear Mr Cannings
Canada depends on volunteers. Many of the services we depend on would not be available or would be too expensive without them. We don’t do much for them in return. We might tell them how great they are and buy them lunch once a year, but we don’t give them anything tangible.
I would like to suggest a way that the country, and all of us collectively, can reward our volunteers. We can donate to the Canada Pension Plan in their name. Ideally we could make contributions commensurate with the value of the work they do; with what we would otherwise pay a person to do that work. More pragmatically we could tie the contributions to the minimum wage. Whatever method we choose, we would be rewarding them with a little extra income in their retirement.
Let’s tell our volunteers how much we really appreciate them.
If we’re going to use volunteers to do things we would otherwise have to pay people to do, the least we can do is thank them in a tangible way.