President's October Report

(posted: October 1, 2019)

Dear Brother and Sisters,

Conference Presidents, please share this monthly news with your members to keep everyone connected with what is happening at all levels of the Society. Particular and Central Council Presidents, please share this monthly news with your Vincentian members who may not belong to a Conference, and feel free to email questions or comments to

The October spiritual reflection references visiting as “friends”. Contact should you have questions on spiritual resources.

Thank you to the more than 100 people who attended the ONRC meeting in Brantford. What a great opportunity this was to network with Vincentians from across the province, tour the Brantford SSVP Store, attend great workshops, hear from guest speakers, and a chance to meet our new National Council President, Claude Bedard from Comox BC.

Workshop presentations can be found at and photos can be seen at Minutes will be posted under the “Members” section when available.

Vincentians with more than 30 years of service were recognized. If you did not previously provide names to me of Vincentians who have been members for more than 30 years, please email these names to so they can be recognized at a future meeting.

Please add your voice regarding the proposed cuts to the transition child benefit scheduled to be implemented November 1, 2019. You can open the PDF document to learn more about the issue and go to the link where you can follow the prompts to generate a letter to the MP in your postal code area. It will only take a few minutes of your time to lend your voice to this very important topic. Contact or should you have questions.

Pope Francis has declared the Third World Day of the Poor to be November 17, 2019.

Promotional materials have been created by National Council of Canada to be used by Conferences, Councils and SSVP Stores to help raise awareness of the World Day of the Poor Campaign.

ONRC has created an information sheet describing images of poverty that can be printed and shared.

We encourage and would love to see every Conference, Council and Store do something in recognition of World Day of the Poor Campaign.

National Council is working on changes to the annual report forms which will be shared in November. Stay tuned for more information as well as the due dates for the 2019 annual reports.

The Ozanam Network has a lot of great information.

The Daily Soup Pot Beginnings in Goderich

Smile Days article published in the September edition of the Ontario Dentist journal which was mailed to 9,000 dentists regarding a partnership with SSVP providing free dental care.
For more information on providing dental help in your community, check out the dental toolkit created by Halton Particular Council and Dentistry from the Heart in Hamilton

Feel free to contact or at any time should you have questions.

Thank you to our 5,000 members across Ontario for all your amazing work reaching out and helping persons in need.

Linda Dollard