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Youth are actively involved across the country, serving the poor in their communities. Some highlights from the year include:

In London, Ontario, the St. Louise de Marillac Youth Conference spent a day in early November in the “Last Post” area of the Woodland Cemetery in London where impoverished soldiers are buried. The youth cleaned the grave sites of the soldiers in preparation for Remembrance Day as a way to honour and thank those who sacrificed so much and died destitute and without the means for a decent burial.

In and around Calgary, Alberta, there is lots of activity around youth in high schools and parishes. Bishop McNally High School Conference serves 500 – 600 of Calgary’s homeless in the downtown core every Sunday, with youth volunteers from across the city. While the - Our Lady of the Snows Youth Conference experienced poverty first hand through “Take the Plunge” where they spent the day doing workshops and experienced the poverty on the streets of Calgary.

The Archangels Youth Conference in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario once again lead the “Pencil Case Project”, collecting new and used school supplies in July for SSVP Conferences around the world.

The project is in collaboration with the Council General International’s Commission for International Aid and Development and is led by Carmela Addante, the Archangels Youth Advisor. The collection has grown to include many Vincentians in cities across Southwestern Ontario. In 2015, some 5,166 pounds of material was collected to be distributed in the Philippines; it is the second year the collection has been for the Philippines in support of their redevelopment efforts after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Youth are involved across the country in many amazing activities. I encourage you to share information about them with me throughout the year at youth@ssvp.ca.

Jason Hunt, National Youth Rep