Message from the National Council's President
It was a pivotal year for the Society since we were celebrating the 170th anniversary of the foundation of the first conference in Canada. It was on November 12, 1846, at the Québec Cathedral, that the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was founded in our country. Since then, we have expanded throughout Canada and are now present in all of its provinces and territories. One hundred and seventy years later, the Society has more than 850 conferences and some 15,000 members from coast to coast to coast. 4
In 2016, Vincentians donated almost 1.5 million volunteer hours and helped over 390,000 people in need. Through our home visits, stores, clothing counters, soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, drop-in centres, affordable housing, prisoner outreach, summer camps, as well as our projects: North of 60 and Seeds of Hope, and our twinning program with developing countries, we find many ways in which to help others.
Vincentians put so much love and energy into realizing their mission that those who see them at work have no choice but to want to join them. The face of poverty is constantly evolving, but we have found ways to adapt and meet the new needs. I am convinced that in the future, there will still be women and men who will want to live the Gospel message by helping others without judgment, with a heart full of love, justice, and joy.
Let us ask Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and Saint Vincent de Paul to guide us on this mission.
Thank you to everyone and may God bless you.
Jean-Noël Cormier, National President