President's Message

Vincentians and Friends,

The Cadotte Lake Project is complete now.  A beautiful program conducted by Vincentians from St Theresa Conference and those friends in need at the First Nations Community of Cadotte Lake.  Enjoy reading the summary at Cadotte Lake ReportIf your Conference is interested is supporting a similar program please advise me and we will work you through the startup steps. 

We have previously introduced your Western Region Social Justice Committee.  They now offer you a new program called Seeds of Hope (download and save the PowerPoint Presentation Seeds of Hope Breaking the Cycle.pptx ).

It is available for you to review and discuss with your Friends in Need.  Look at the program and contact the SJC members or your Council Presidents to learn more.

I thank all of you who contributed in so many ways to the success of the annual North of 60 Project.  Your donations helped to fill nine sea containers going to 10 Arctic Communities in NWT and Nunavut. Food, tools, sewing machines, winter outer clothing, bedding, and many other items of necessity were provided with contents valued at $25,000 to $100,000 per sea container depending on the population of the Communities we serve.  This project continues to function on 100% donations, 100% volunteer hours and $0 overhead or administrative costs.    The sea cans left the Edmonton area in June.  Most have arrived at their destinations - some by way of Mackenzie River and the Beaufort Sea, others by way of Montreal and the Atlantic.  Canadian North and Aklak Airlines continue to support this project with donated airlines tickets to make it possible for our Vincentians to visit these Communities. Gleaners, Sunny Boy, Cobs, Red Cross, Manitoulin Transport, Continental Transport, NIC, NTCL are some of the major corporate sponsors.  Please pray for those in need living in the Canadian Arctic.   They appreciate the help that you provided and they want to express their thanks for your continued support. 

Our work to help those in need after the Fort McMurray Fire has begun.  With the support of Phil Bondy from Ontario Region we have just completed a weekend of Family/Home Visitor Training with about 30 Parishioners from both St John's and St Paul's Church. Training started Friday night and visits were conducted on Saturday and Sunday with time to discuss the results and prepare needs analysis. Much more Vincentian support will be required in Fort McMurray over the next two years.

Congratulations to Edmonton Central Council and the Vincentians that put in over 600 volunteer hours to raise more than $20,000 in their mid year antique and collectable sale.

“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

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