Sport, the Voluntary Sector, and Canadian Identity: Learning from the Voluntary Sector Awareness Project

Paul Jurbala

This discussion paper provides a summary of the Voluntary Sector Awareness Project process and Conversation outcomes, gives information on sport in context of the greater Canadian voluntary sector, and provides an analysis of the role and importance of the voluntary sector, including sport, in the Canadian political reality. New arguments for the importance of sport and voluntary organizations as key to government effectiveness, social and economic development, quality of life, and balance of public and private sector agendas are advanced.

A conclusion is that the voluntary sector is both defining of the Canadian character and essential to our prosperity, and that sport, working in the context of the collective voluntary sector, has an opportunity to position itself to government, business and the public as an indispensable element of the Canadian quality of life.

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