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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    A grant application has gone to Field Law Community Fund.  As in the past we have submitted a request and now you get to play your part by voting- May 15 to June 15, 2017.  Our second most requested item from those in need is a table and chairs.  If we are successful in this grant we will be able to provide this furniture to people who request them.  Presently we are extremely short of these items.

    • 1.        You can help by going to

    http://fieldlawcommunityfund.com

             2.  In the search box type A Table and Chairs.  Vote.  You may vote only once from each of your devices.   Talk to your family, friends and neighbours.   Your vote helps to support the concept that SSVP is concerned with the dignity of those we serve, and acknowledges that you know about the project. If our grant is successful you will be playing a role in over 100 families living a better life.  Go for it.


  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:34 AM | Mary Dunnigan (Administrator)


    Two home visitors for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) recently visited an elderly gentleman who was suffering with invasive and painful cancer and had to move to a place with lower rent to accommodate his reduced income with no longer being able to work.

    During the home visit, we reviewed with this gentleman what he would need to set up this new space. We set up a plan to help him settle in and worked with his new landlord to help with furniture and basic supplies. As an avid cook and believer in good nutrition as a powerful healer, “James” was given a variety of cooking utensils and dishes, as well as a gift card to help stock his fridge with fresh fruit and nutritious foods.

    Three weeks later we revisited “James” to ensure he was still doing okay.  We were surprised and delighted to see a smiling happy man who walked easily without his walker or cane and who felt he had been given a new chance at life. Through a better diet and having a comfortable home to call his own, he was able to better manage his pain and improve his strength.

     Because he worked closely with computers during his career, “James” wanted to get one to help him stay in touch with family in other parts of the world and hopefully regain his skills to perhaps take on some work in this area. Through the generosity of local parishioners we were able to get a used computer and help him arrange for an internet package allowing him to re connect with the outside world.

     Experiences like this remind us all the value of an organization like Saint Vincent de Paul and the impact we can have on the lives of people in need. It also reminds us of the privileged role we can play in improving the lives of God’s most vulnerable. Saint Vincent de Paul does make a difference, and we appreciate your support for this work. 

    Author M O

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:37 PM | Mary Dunnigan (Administrator)

    On Monday July 11 Peter Ouellette and Mary Dunnigan attended the first of the Fire Relief Committee set up in Fort Mac with members of both the St John and St Paul Catholic Parishes. 

    There is a strong sense of urgency from the members of the Catholic Community to do something to help the approx 10% of their neighbours (2000 families) that lost much of what they had.  Most all in attendance have knowledge of the Works of SSVP across the country and they are interested in modeling their actions to the practices that we have well established in our Conferences with the intent of starting a new Conference in their Community.

    They have a lot of resources both financial and people skill sets to apply to home visits, needs analysis and providing goods and other services needed by the families in need.

    We will continue to work with the Core Committee to help in their tasks.  Their commitment was evident, the stories were touching, and their willingness to help those in need was/is most evident.


  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Society of Saint Vincent de Paul helps those in need.  We do this through our Conferences on a daily basis.  There are other ways we step up as well.  The tragic situation in Fort McMurray is another occasion on which we will play a part.  We will be working through the SSVP National Disaster Relief Program.  This means we will be working with Western Regional Council as well as Calgary Central and Edmonton Central.  With this in mind, however, we are not jumping into the fray now.  Other disaster relief organizations are trained and equipped to do this—note Red Cross, Edmonton Emergency Relief Services to name just two.

    We will be coordinating our response through the Diocese of St. Paul, and will do so after a thorough needs assessment as a Second Wave of support.

    Stay tuned for updates of the fine work we will do—as was done following the Slave Lake fire of 2011.



  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    This Charity Sale, April 7, 8, and 9,  appears to have been a smashing success, with more funds being raised, more items being dispersed, more volunteers being participants and more pleased purchasers.  All told this means that the teams of Jean Craig, Marlene Plante, and Daryl Dittrich — each with a supportive assistants did an outstanding job of a challenging task.  More details will follow, but all Vincentians should be gratified that this hard work will allow us to carry out our mission.  Irony exists in our having to raise funds to be able to help others, but that is a reality of our world.  Feel great that such volunteers offer their efforts and good will to put our values into practice, our Mission into concrete works.



  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016 9:04 AM | Anonymous
    From Mary-Anne Warren

    The St. Albert Conference of SSVP celebrated the commencement of the Year of Mercy kick-off with a thanksgiving mass and an Advent supper December 8th 2015 with a large attendance.

    Lou and Lynne Duigou,  honored guests of the evening, were presented with the SSVP Certificate of Appreciation. Lou had served as conference president, and together with Lynne were responsible for the recent successful 'North of 60 Project' inauguration.

    Lou and Lynne, as partners spent countless hours during their time with the conference visiting and aiding the poor in the inner city.

    They built strong fellowship amongst the conference membership with the hosting of several annual year-end get-together suppers.

    They now wish to move on to other initiatives in the parish,  and have become active with the Syrian Refugee program.  Their contribution to the conference was immeasurable.



  • Monday, December 21, 2015 1:46 PM | Mary Dunnigan (Administrator)

    We have been blessed with food donations this December!  At a time when our stocks were low, schools, parishes and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre stepped up.  The Pastoral Centre Food Challenge pick up on December 18 saw over 3000 pieces (cans, bottle and boxes) ready for us.  We are so very thankful to all, and happy that we enter the new year, the Year of Mercy, experiencing food donations which we can pass along to those in need—of the most basic sort, food.  From the many tables surrounded by fed families thanks to your generosity, we send our thanks.


  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015 2:06 PM | Mary Dunnigan (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who helped to make our Christmas Pot Luck a fine celebration.  The group that works together deserves to share food, stories and good times. 

    The food was awesome, in range, in taste, and in quantity.  The hats were a hit!!

    Thanks to the crew, under Jean Craig, who helped organize and clean up the venue, and especially to St. Joseph High School for allowing us to use their cafeteria.


  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:14 AM | Mary Dunnigan (Administrator)
    Thanks so very much for a successfully completed Fall Charity Sale, November 5, 6 and 7. The teams under leadership of Jean and Daryl did an outstanding job. Lauren took on and handled the fine publicity aspects in print, audio and visual media. Using the Square Reader added a note of modernity to the process. We faced challenges in the food department, but made it through. Final tallies are not in, but preliminary results show we came to our historical financial intake, which will allow us to carry on. Vincentians are an amazing lot. Thank you to St. Andrew Centre for use of their facility. Thanks heartily to all volunteers!! 


  • Monday, October 19, 2015 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    What a marvelous Development Day October 17, 2015!

    Be sure to view the Photo Gallery which captures the spirit of the Day.

    We were launched with a stirring talk by Deacon Hyland Fraser leading into an enlightening and informative presentation by Councillor Ben Henderson on End Poverty Edmonton. As a member of the Task Force which is looking to end/eliminate/exit poverty in Edmonton—a large undertaking admittedly, he spoke about the history and the future of the project which fits so very well with the Mission of SSVP. He had us nodding and agreeing on many points. The question period posed some caring avenues of thoughtful consideration.

    The host Conference, St. Frere Andre, outdid themselves with organization and delicious health break items to keep us fuelled up for the Break Out sessions. The muffins will live on in our stomach memories, and the fruit plate was a work of art. Thanks you Francois Clavel and hard-working Vincentians.

    Thanks to some most effective speakers, we were offered knowledge and a chance to ask questions. Pat Moric used facts and figures to help us understand where we fit in the Edmonton, Western and National picture of SSVP, in lots of areas. Maria Lupul-with help from a babushka wearing older woman-helped us improve our understanding of the fundamental importance of the Home Visit, both with a grounded attitude and thoughtful helpful details through the skits. Carol Attrux in her inimitably organized fashion, lead people with a focus on being a leader sharing actions, details and helpful handouts. Jeff Vande Brink held a lively session with not only telling WHY we do or don’t accept items, but also the reasons behind that—along with helpful tips about being strong when called on to NOT accept items that don’t match our methods of collecting and sharing items from donors.

    The Police Information Check area was kept busy with Vincentians signing up and signing on for this important aspect of work. Thanks Eleanor Saito for your expertise.

    The day ended with a session by Gail Dumas and Dan Dunnigan on updates to the Central Data Base. With Barry George in attendance, the time was filled with information and thoughtful future directions.

    Lauren Saveraux’s organization, in conjunction with SFA Conference, and with lots of help from other volunteers made a smoothly run and effective day for us.

    If you did not get a chance to sign up for one of the Tasks, feel free to contact your Conference President.


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