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Spring 2017 General Meeting

(posted: April 1, 2017)

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Ontario Regional Council

38-1502 Warbler Woods Walk, London, ON N6K 0A7
Website: www.ssvp.on.ca
General Members Meeting Minutes
Saturday, April 1, 2017
St. Alfred’s Parish Hall, 272 Vine Street, St. Catharines, ON

In attendance: Please see attached list of attendees (below)

  1. Opening prayer was said by all
  2. Spiritual reflection was led by Deacon John Girolami
  3. Welcome by ONRC President: Linda Dollard welcomed everyone and introduced host council.
  4. Host Council Welcome: Shelley Gilbert, president of St. Catharines Central Council, welcomed everyone.
  5. Workshops: Everyone disbursed to their chosen workshop. Separate workshop summaries prepared by facilitators to be available online (www.ssvp.on.ca) (Lunch Break)
  6. Letters of Aggregation were presented Solange Fortin on behalf of St. Patrick’s Basilica Conference, Ottawa Central Council; Bob Ossowski on behalf of St. David’s Conference, Maple, York South Particular Council, Toronto Central Council; and to Dan Lohin on behalf of St. Francis Xaviar Conference, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Particular Council. Recognition Certificates were presented to to Al Perdue for all his work with Camp Vincent.
  7. Promotional Materials: Linda announced that SSVP information brochures and bookmarks have been printed by ONRC in English and French and are available for each council to pick up today. The latest pamphlet from the Advocacy-Voice of the Poor committee has also been included (topic: Housing).
  8. Guest Speaker: Alison Thomas, Coordinator of the Ozanam Centre, gave an overview of what the Ozanam Centre provides for the St. Catharines’ community. The Ozanam Centre is open Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 12:30pm throughout the year, providing meals to those in need. With the exception of the coordinator’s salary, the Ozanam Centre is 100% volunteer run. They are currently working with a dietician to plan/make healthier meals with what they have available. The centre mostly serves single, middle-aged men, there has been a recent increase in young professionals.
  9. Guest Speaker: Linda Bowren, Chez Marie Refugee Centre, gave an overview of the services they provide at the centre. With three to four people per room, the seven-room house provides a safe place for refugee claimants, whose typical stay lasts three to four months. The fee for staying at the house is inline with the shelter portion provided by Ontario Works – it is the main source of funding to run the service.
  10. Youth Presentation: Lil Mulder gave a condensed version of the youth information/recruitment presentation she and Sophia Mutuc give, upon request, for high school students. The presentation touches upon volunteerism, social justice, the events the St. Louise de Marillac Youth are engaged in (as examples for others), and small acts of kindness.
  11. National President Address – Jean Noel Cormier: National is looking to use technology to better communications and help people faster. Also, looking at making improvements to the pass up procedure to help conferences/councils in need, making the process more efficient, especially for internal twins, requiring an annual financial report from those conferences/councils receiving assistance. A reminder about the national AGA, June 21-25, 2017 in Quebec. Linda D. presented Jean Noel our quarterly pass up.
  12. Social Justice Update: Corry Wink reminded all that the cost and quality of housing can deeply impact a person’s wellbeing. Jim Paddon gave an update on the Dismas project in Hamilton, helping former inmates return to society. Our Lady of Guadeloupe Circle is a project to help First Nations Communities in Northern Ontario (will start in/around Kenora).

    Note: at this point in the meeting there were 26 voting members present

  13. Approval of the Agenda: MOTION to approve the agenda as presented. M: Shelley Gilbert; S: Greg Blick; CARRIED.
  14. Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting held on September 17, 2016 at Holy Family Parish, London, ON. MOTION to accept the minutes as presented. M: Omar Ellis; S: Pat Lenz; CARRIED.
  15. Financial Report ending February 28, 2017. MOTION to approve the financial statement to date. M: Corry Wink; S: Jim Paddon; CARRIED.
  16. 2017-2018 Budget Presentation & Questions: Terry Mizzen clarified that ONRC has a healthy bank balance which enables ONRC to run deficits while continuing to provide the special works projects (ie Ozanam Education Fund, North of 60, etc.). MOTION to approve the 2017-2018 budget as presented. M: Bernie Hartlin; S: Michelle Jenkinson; CARRIED.
  17. Changing the fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) to January 1 to December 31: The reason behind this change is to be more in line with the majority of our councils/conferences. Also, the annual report sent to national currently reflects January 1 to December 31; using the new fiscal year, our next report to CRA will be comprised of two partial years. CRA would approve such a change. MOTION to approve the change from a fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) to a calendar year (January 1 to December 31). M: Don Barron; S: Anne Elliot; CARRIED.
  18. Black Bag: In lieu of the traditional black bag, a collection bowl was placed at the sales table. A total of $535.00 was collected and given to the Catholic Women’s League (St. Alfred’s) for their help with the meals today.
  19. Next meeting will be held on September 29-30, 2017 and will be hosted by a community within the Lakeshore Particular Council. More details tba.
  20. Adjournment: MOTION to adjourn the meeting. M: Sandra Gaudet; S: Jim Paddon; CARRIED.
  21. Closing prayers: Deacon John led the closing prayers.

General Meeting Minutes

Spring 2017 General Meeting

(posted: April 1, 2017)

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Ontario Regional Council

38-1502 Warbler Woods Walk, London, ON N6K 0A7
Website: www.ssvp.on.ca
General Members Meeting Minutes
Saturday, April 1, 2017
St. Alfred’s Parish Hall, 272 Vine Street, St. Catharines, ON

In attendance: Please see attached list of attendees (below)

  1. Opening prayer was said by all
  2. Spiritual reflection was led by Deacon John Girolami
  3. Welcome by ONRC President: Linda Dollard welcomed everyone and introduced host council.
  4. Host Council Welcome: Shelley Gilbert, president of St. Catharines Central Council, welcomed everyone.
  5. Workshops: Everyone disbursed to their chosen workshop. Separate workshop summaries prepared by facilitators to be available online (www.ssvp.on.ca) (Lunch Break)
  6. Letters of Aggregation were presented Solange Fortin on behalf of St. Patrick’s Basilica Conference, Ottawa Central Council; Bob Ossowski on behalf of St. David’s Conference, Maple, York South Particular Council, Toronto Central Council; and to Dan Lohin on behalf of St. Francis Xaviar Conference, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Particular Council. Recognition Certificates were presented to to Al Perdue for all his work with Camp Vincent.
  7. Promotional Materials: Linda announced that SSVP information brochures and bookmarks have been printed by ONRC in English and French and are available for each council to pick up today. The latest pamphlet from the Advocacy-Voice of the Poor committee has also been included (topic: Housing).
  8. Guest Speaker: Alison Thomas, Coordinator of the Ozanam Centre, gave an overview of what the Ozanam Centre provides for the St. Catharines’ community. The Ozanam Centre is open Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 12:30pm throughout the year, providing meals to those in need. With the exception of the coordinator’s salary, the Ozanam Centre is 100% volunteer run. They are currently working with a dietician to plan/make healthier meals with what they have available. The centre mostly serves single, middle-aged men, there has been a recent increase in young professionals.
  9. Guest Speaker: Linda Bowren, Chez Marie Refugee Centre, gave an overview of the services they provide at the centre. With three to four people per room, the seven-room house provides a safe place for refugee claimants, whose typical stay lasts three to four months. The fee for staying at the house is inline with the shelter portion provided by Ontario Works – it is the main source of funding to run the service.
  10. Youth Presentation: Lil Mulder gave a condensed version of the youth information/recruitment presentation she and Sophia Mutuc give, upon request, for high school students. The presentation touches upon volunteerism, social justice, the events the St. Louise de Marillac Youth are engaged in (as examples for others), and small acts of kindness.
  11. National President Address – Jean Noel Cormier: National is looking to use technology to better communications and help people faster. Also, looking at making improvements to the pass up procedure to help conferences/councils in need, making the process more efficient, especially for internal twins, requiring an annual financial report from those conferences/councils receiving assistance. A reminder about the national AGA, June 21-25, 2017 in Quebec. Linda D. presented Jean Noel our quarterly pass up.
  12. Social Justice Update: Corry Wink reminded all that the cost and quality of housing can deeply impact a person’s wellbeing. Jim Paddon gave an update on the Dismas project in Hamilton, helping former inmates return to society. Our Lady of Guadeloupe Circle is a project to help First Nations Communities in Northern Ontario (will start in/around Kenora).

    Note: at this point in the meeting there were 26 voting members present

  13. Approval of the Agenda: MOTION to approve the agenda as presented. M: Shelley Gilbert; S: Greg Blick; CARRIED.
  14. Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting held on September 17, 2016 at Holy Family Parish, London, ON. MOTION to accept the minutes as presented. M: Omar Ellis; S: Pat Lenz; CARRIED.
  15. Financial Report ending February 28, 2017. MOTION to approve the financial statement to date. M: Corry Wink; S: Jim Paddon; CARRIED.
  16. 2017-2018 Budget Presentation & Questions: Terry Mizzen clarified that ONRC has a healthy bank balance which enables ONRC to run deficits while continuing to provide the special works projects (ie Ozanam Education Fund, North of 60, etc.). MOTION to approve the 2017-2018 budget as presented. M: Bernie Hartlin; S: Michelle Jenkinson; CARRIED.
  17. Changing the fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) to January 1 to December 31: The reason behind this change is to be more in line with the majority of our councils/conferences. Also, the annual report sent to national currently reflects January 1 to December 31; using the new fiscal year, our next report to CRA will be comprised of two partial years. CRA would approve such a change. MOTION to approve the change from a fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) to a calendar year (January 1 to December 31). M: Don Barron; S: Anne Elliot; CARRIED.
  18. Black Bag: In lieu of the traditional black bag, a collection bowl was placed at the sales table. A total of $535.00 was collected and given to the Catholic Women’s League (St. Alfred’s) for their help with the meals today.
  19. Next meeting will be held on September 29-30, 2017 and will be hosted by a community within the Lakeshore Particular Council. More details tba.
  20. Adjournment: MOTION to adjourn the meeting. M: Sandra Gaudet; S: Jim Paddon; CARRIED.
  21. Closing prayers: Deacon John led the closing prayers.