Social Indicators Research

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 97–110 | Cite as

Volunteerism and residential longevity in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Allison M. Williams
  • Nazeem Muhajarine
  • James Randall
  • Ronald Labonte
  • Peter Kitchen


This paper examines volunteerism across three neighbourhood types that are differentiated by socio-economic status (SES) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The three neighbourhood types are defined as Low, Middle and High SES. The study used data collected from two telephone surveys (n = 968 in 2001, n = 997 in 2004) using random-digit dialling, together with in-depth interview data collected from a selected set of survey participants (n = 90). Neighbourhood type and length of residence are shown to have a strong bearing on volunteerism. The interview data illustrates that the quality of volunteer activity that residents engage in differs across neighbourhood types.


Volunteerism Neighbourhood socio-economic status Residential longevity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison M. Williams
    • 1
  • Nazeem Muhajarine
    • 2
  • James Randall
    • 3
  • Ronald Labonte
    • 4
  • Peter Kitchen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geography and Earth SciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Community Health & EpidemiologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.College of Arts, Social and Health SciencesUniversity of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada
  4. 4.Institute of Population HealthUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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