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Ozanam Centre

This month we’re profiling one of the longest-running projects in our Royal Oak village—the Ozanam Centre! Going strong since 1982, the program has adapted and maintained a friendly space for those who need support with community inclusion. A large building with bright, sunny rooms equipped with computers, TVs, and art supplies, the Ozanam Centre is a welcoming place to spend time.

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Volunteering is a great way to get some warm-and-fuzzy feelings about contributing to the well-being of your community. It can also help you develop skills, make new friends, and earn references that benefit your career or personal goals.

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Who Was Saint Vincent de Paul?

It’s easy to assume that the Society was founded by Saint Vincent himself. However, that’s not the case. It actually starts in Paris with a man named Frederic. <...

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Welcome to our new blog


 Hello! We’re the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP). We’re in communities all over the world helping our most vulnerable neighbours. On Vancouver Island, we’re probably best known for our thrift shops. However, I’m here to tell you that we do a lot more than just that! 



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Community Volunteer Income Tax Program


Each year our dedicated team of volunteers offers free income tax preparation for the people the Society serves. 

You can drop off your tax documents from 10:00-3:00 pm, Closed for lunch between 12:00-12:45 PM Monday-Friday, until June 1st, excluding Stat Holidays.  The preparation will take several weeks, depending on the volume of documents we receive.

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Covid-19 Message

The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is “to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy”. As part of this mission, we are called to come together as a family and to have personal contact with the poor.

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