What we do
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) helps all those in need. We bring the love of Christ to serve the poor on a person to person basis. Those in need are always treated with dignity and provided with support to help them obtain the very basic human needs.
Who we are
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization operating in 155 countries providing assistance to the poor in the Christian Gospel tradition. The organization has operated in the Edmonton area since 2000.
Your donations of material goods (furniture, household goods and clothing) and monetary assistance enable us to carry out our mission.
The Society is powered by volunteers. Donations of your time and talents are critical to this work.
Development Day November 8, 2014
We are Canadian!! On a cold snowy day, the first of real winter, Vincentians got out of their warm beds, and braved snow covered icy roads in record numbers. To those who set out and were unable to make it, you were in our thoughts.
Congratulations on a fine accomplishment. Vincentians were treated to a moving Commissioning Ceremony and talk from our new Spiritual Advisor, Deacon Hyland. The talk highlighted why we do what we do, and confirmed our resolve to continue fulfilling our mandate and working with our mission and values. The Fish presented to the newly commissioned, serves as a reminder of our role in a larger picture, a greater unit, and a following in the footsteps set for us by Saint Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam.
North Particular Council (with direction from Alma), with much effort from Bernie M, Elaine M and Leo B, made sure we had a welcoming venue. Other members of their conferences attended to our Health Break needs so that we could attend to the sessions offered, and made sure at the end of the event that the place was returned to its proper state. Max V offered us Fair Trade Coffee and Tea.
Session Presenters are to be highly commended:
Carol A informed and guided new Vincentians in their roles.
John C and Dan D helped us understand the importance of the Call Centre and use of statistics.
Gail D and Maria L, enthused us with how we can recruit and retain members.
Carol A and Gail offered a great and useful session for Home Visitors.
Lauren C listened carefully and noted well the feelings and knowledge of the DC volunteers.
Stephen L kept the Youth on track with his computer skills, enthusiasm and willingness to help.
Daryl D and Jeff V were compelling with drivers and swampers so all can work from the same guidelines.
Dcn Hyland F facilitated the sharing and comparing of roles and influence of Spiritual Advisors.
Eleanor S. worked for and with us to update Security Checks, and was assisted artfully by Tricia C.
When we work together, share together and grow together in the light of our mission, we know that we are blessed by our communal strength. Thank you all.
National Conference a Success
SSVP has finished our National Conference. Hats off to Co-Chairs John Chin and Rita John, along with their hard working Key Coordinators Maria Wan, Jean Craig and Max Wanundefinedand a cast of over 100 volunteers. Comments ranged from best organized ever to friendliest group offering appreciated western hospitality, the program was professional and helpful, and city tour guides were excellent. Sessions were rated highly as Vincentians increased their knowledge, shared their practices and engaged with each other, boasting attendees from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Tuktoyuktuk, numbering more than 260 attendees. Keynote speaker Bob McKeon reminded us that public advocacy is essential. Thanks for the rejuvenation and encouragement to continue our mission of serving the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
Thanks to the Stollery Foundation Grant you may have seen our newest vehicle. The fuel efficient and modern truck allows us to serve those in need more effectively. Thanks also to the Fath Family and Group of Companies for the graphics. We serve even better with the help of the community.
Congratulations St. Katherine’s Conference! On Thursday June 5 Red Deer hosted a combination Commissioning ceremony and wind up pot luck dinner. Father Joe did a grand job of the ceremony officially welcoming Leslie to their conference. Dan Roadhouse, President, invited and entertained Peter Ouellette, Western Regional President, Maria Lupul, Edmonton South Particular President, and Mary Dunnigan, Edmonton Central President. An impressive event hosted by a Conference which is doing fine SSVP work. Thank you all.
St. Thomas Aquinas Aggregation
On April 14, 2014 a request went to National SSVP asking for aggregation on behalf of the conference of St. Thomas Aquinas. Conference .President Stephen Lane filled out the form which was signed by Particular President Maria Lupul and Central President Bernie McCracken. The signed form was then signed by Western Regional President Peter Ouellette to be sent off to Ottawa. Congratulations to our newest aggregated conference in Edmonton, whose members are working hard to serve Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
Catholic Women's League
Thank you to the Catholic Women's League of Canada, Archdiocese most generous recent donation. Coming out of their centennial anniversary celebrations of 2012, they embarked on a legacy project theme. At the April 14 Edmonton CWL Convention a cheque was presented, which will be used towards purchase of a light truck for pickups and deliveries. When Edmontonians see the acknowledgement on the vehicle door, all can note that the hard work of President Gwen Elliott and jCWL women is helping power the handwork of SSVP for those in need. Thank you CWL.
Edmonton Catholic School Board Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
On December 17, 2013 at a full Board of Trustees meeting a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Edmonton Catholic Schools, expected to last for ten years.. The purpose of this partnership is to support and encourage the two organizations to support each other’s charitable works. This is done through continuing to provide a working space at the DC for us, to explore and develop a mechanism for shared services, information and resources between partners, to provide students with service opportunities, and to pursue other common areas of interest as decided by the Alliance Management. On behalf of the Board the document was signed by Laura Thibert ,Board Vice-Chair, and Joan Carr, Superintendent; on behalf SSVP the document was signed by Bernie McCracken, President, and Mary Dunnigan, Vice President. Together we move forward.
Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37
On October 27, teachers from Edmonton Public Schools gave a most generous gift to our Society. Their cheque was presented by the chair of the Donations Committee, Mr. Anthony Walsh. We are fortunate to be among the wide array of organizations the committee helps, knowing that helping families and especially children in their homes, benefits those receiving our help in their schoolwork, education and Canadian society in general. Thank you teachers for supporting our efforts to help those in need within Edmonton.
Terence Mahon Clothing Room Dedication
On November 12, 2013 we were pleased to have a dedication of the Terence Mahon Clothing Room at our Distribution Centre. Terry Mahon, his father, was in attendance to unveil the plaque. This was done with the help of both Mr. Mahon and Archbishop Richard Smith. Every time someone uses our facilities, or our workers serve the needs of those who come, Terence’s memory will be remembered and honoured. We are most grateful to Terry and Noreen Mahon for their kind and generous gift in the name of their son. His strong spirit of volunteerism, and support of others fit right in with the spirit of SSVP. Gail Dumas (Community Development) presented Mr. Mahon with a copy of our Rule and Opening Prayer card in honour of the occasion. Darcy Knoll spoke highly of Terrence’s active life and spirit. Bernie McCracken, President, accepted the cheque on behalf of SSVP.
Archbishop Smith Blesses DC
On November 12, 2013 Archbishop Richard Smith came to the Distribution Centre to bless our newly renovated facilities. He also helped in the Housewares area by packing orders! (He did a fine job.) We appreciate his support and feel the DC in operation allowed him to see more of the complex operation that takes place here. A discussion following emphasized the important role SSVP plays in Edmonton, and highlighted the cooperation he offered to us. Thank you for the support.
Stollery Charitable Foundation
The Stollery Charitable Foundation has honoured us with most generous support which will allow SSVP to purchase a new truck which should soon be seen sprouting their logo as we more efficiently go about our work for those in need. Their faith in us is empowering, and with a more fuel efficient vehicle we will serve in a more timely manner and be kinder to the environment. We will also be able to accept donations we might not be able to accept because of space in trucks. Together we are stronger, and we value this ongoing relationship. Mr. Jeff Bryson, Executive Director personally came to the DC to present the cheque to President Bernie McCracken.
Cote-D’Ivoire Community in Edmonton
On October 11, 2013 Executive Members of the CICE made a special presentation to SSVP represented by West Particular Council President Jean Craig and Vice President Mary Dunnigan. This Ivory Coast Community in Edmonton started as a non-profit organization in 2011 to support members of their community as they arrive in Edmonton. President Giscard and Vice President Koffi, along with others, shared that, When we came here, SSVP helped us. When we were in our new houses, you sent us what we needed. One day we have to say to you THANK YOU to SSVP. Coming to Edmonton is an adventure, with a new language, new weather and a new government. Another member present, Jean-Marc, reminded us that he was helped in 2008, then started as a volunteer with SSVP in 2010. Giscard said, This community is interested in building a relationship with SSVP so we can show that Ivoirians can help, can be part of Canadian society. We want to take part in OUR new society. What a great ongoing success story. Thank you so very much for your material contributions and your generous financial support CICE. We appreciate your First Annual Project with us.
THANK YOU, BOBINO BOBINETTE PRESCHOOL!
A big thank you to Bobino Bobinette Preschool for their Christmas drive for items needed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP). Items collected for struggling families included children's pajamas, toques, gloves, socks, underwear, soup bowls, single bedsheets, tea towels and dishcloths. Also, two toasters were purchased with the Canadian Tire money that was donated.
Ecole Maurice LaVallee
An active teacher Mme Martin and her grade 10 Religion class at Maurice LaVallee School have been busy. They researched SSVP, and applied that knowledge by making posters and having a bake sale. The proceeds purchased items such as socks, brooms,dustpans, toothpaste and tooth brushes. This along with a monetary donation will help those in need live better lives and serve as hand up that committed youth can offer. Thanks for another positive Social Justice project.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Group
In December an energetic group of youth and supervisor, came to the Distribution Centre to share their enthusiasm and energy helping out with important tasks that needed doing. They pitched in organizing, moving and packing. Thank you for putting your belief into action to assist those who need our help.
St. Brendan School Cleans Up
Grade three students at St. Brendan School have been busy. With their teacher Ms. Lori Lundeen they learned about St. Vincent de Paul, listened to a speaker on the Society and then gathered a collection of brooms and dustpans. Students know that being clean and tidy is important to feeling good. Their contributions will make the homes in some of those new apartments better places to live. Thank you for your support.
Faith Into Action
On November 20, two very Special Students visited the Distribution Centre to present a cheque for use in the Food Pantry. Lynette and David raised money through a Halloween movie event and selling tickets on a basket they created. These students from St. Joseph High School highlight the youth that also support those in need through their actions. Thank you very much Lynette and David.
St. Edmund Grade 3 Classes
The grade three students learned about St. Vincent de Paul in religion class. They decided to approach the teachers involved with the Thanksgiving committee and ask if the elementary students at St. Edmund School could collect items for children involved with St. Vincent de Paul. EC to grade 2 collected socks, grades 3 and 4 collected toys and the grades 5 and 6 collected hats and mitts. In addition to this adventurous project, two students in grade 3 also decided to make bracelets and sell them to raise more money for the children of St. Vincent de Paul. They raised a total of $252.00. The students at St. Edmund are very proud of all the items and money that were raised for St. Vincent de Paul Society. Teachers Carla Taylor and Shelley Hillaby are to be commended for their leadership.