Who are we?
The “Society of Saint Vincent de Paul” (SSVP Global) is a international charitable organization present in more than 50 countries around the world. It is a Catholic, secular organization, run by volunteers and created in Paris in 1833 by a group of lay Catholics among whom was the one who would later be beatified by Pope Jean Paul II, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam.
In Canada, it settled there in 1846 with its first seat in Quebec. In Canada, the SSVP is led by the “National Council of Canada ”(SSVP Canada). In Quebec, it is headed by the “Conseil provincial (regional) of Quebec (SSVP-CRQ)”.
A “Conference” like that of Saint-Luc, is the grouping of volunteers working with the most disadvantaged in a specific environment (city, parish, ...). The Saint-Luc Conference works with the most disadvantaged of the Saint-Luc Sector of the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
SVP Saint-Luc is made up of around 150 “auxiliary members” of which about twenty are “active members”. Among the members active, are elected a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and 5 Committee Directors.
These committees are:
Management (president, vice-president)
The Secretariat (secretary, assistant secretary)
The Treasury (treasurer, assistant treasurer)
Director 1 (assistance to beneficiaries)
Director 2 (building and maintenance)
Director 3 (family counter)
Director 4 (fraternity)
Director 5 (fundraising and guignolée).
The management of any Conference is entrusted to members called “members active ”(the Rule calls them“ full members ”) to differentiate them from “Auxiliary members”. According to our General Regulations, our conference does not can have more than 20 active members. They meet every month and as needed for management meetings, accept financial reports and committee reports and take decisions decisions for the good of the Conference.
In 2021-2022, the Board of Directors consisted of 11 active members:
The other active members are:
They meet as needed to:
- adopt changes to general regulations
- clarify management policies
- adopt the budget forecasts for the following year
- evaluate certain projects from the Conference or from outside
- meet community stakeholders
- solve any problem relating to our operation
- settle any internal or external dispute.
As the CSVP of Saint-Luc is ex officio (voting) member of the Provincial Council or CRQ (regional council of Quebec), the president and sometimes another member of the board of directors, attend quarterly meetings of Council members Provincial, as well as those of municipal authorities or any other body of the city.
The Conférence Saint-Luc does not pay any salary to anybody. Its management is voluntary and so are the rest.