President's Message

Vincentians and Friends,

We have started to work with Baby Box Canada and through collaboration, we hope to introduce assistance to new mom's across Canada.

They have agreed to support our North of 60 Project with a trial this year in Ulukhaktok.

Pope Francis 'saddened' by Fort 
McMurray destruction, prays for 
evacuees, asks God to bless 
evacuation effort 

Help our Friends in need.                        

Victims of the Fort McMurray fire in Northern Alberta need out help.  In the Vincentian way, we will do the needs analysis and provide for those requiring help.  If you want to help now, give to the SSVP National Disaster Relief Fund.  This will help us get started for action in the weeks ahead.  Read the Latest News.

I am glad to announce the formation of the Social Justice Committee in Western Region.  Heather Schilling from Calgary is leading this group and Heather will represent us on the National Social Justice Committee.  Read about this in the Latest News and please support this Committee with your thoughts and prayers.

To now show Catholics in Action, we need to extend Social Justice activity into SSVP Conferences. We need to more like St Theresa's Conference. Some of their Vincentians recently formed a Social Justice Committee and took part in the Edmonton Way of the Cross on Good Friday.

The Western Region 2015 Annual Report.pdf  for the North of 60 Project has been issued and is available for your reference. As a regular feature of this website I am going to include a letter from Father Jon of the Arctic.  Please read this lettre under our Latest News. 

You may want to watch Year of Mercy and share this with others. 

We now have a 5 year Strategic Plan for your Society and our National President Jean-Noel Cormier has made it available for all to review.  First presented at the National AGA in Hamilton this past June, you can read it at SSVP Strategic Plan .

“An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the “smell of the sheep” and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. An evangelizing community is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be.”

Thanks for all that you do. 

Peter Ouellette

SSVP Western Regional Council

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