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Social Action Committee

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The mandate of the Social Action Committee of Saint Andrew’s United Church is to actively engage with the congregation and the broader community in advocacy and action on social justice.

Through Lunch’N’Learns and fundraising events, we inform and educate our congregation about relevant social justice issues. We seek to strengthen links between members of St. Andrew’s United Church and community partners such as Brunswick Street Mission, Phoenix Youth and Direction 180. We continue to support a seasonal Drop-In Centre downstairs at St Andrew’s prior to and for participants in the Sunday Suppers.

We network and advocate with other United Churches and the ecumenical social justice coalition, KAIROS, as we seek to address poverty, racism, and climate change and to support environmental justice, right relations and solidarity with First Nations peoples, and Peace with Justice for Palestine and Israel.

We meet as a committee on the first Tuesday of the month in the Mary Holmes Fellowship Room. The Chair of the Social Action Committee reports to the Saint Andrew’s Church Council about our concerns and actions.

New members and visitors are welcome.

For further information, please contact Elaine Gunn at elaine@gunnfamily.ca

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE REPORT FOR ST. ANDREW’S COUNCIL March 2019
After the St. Andrew’s AGM in March, Elaine Gunn assumed the Chair of the Social Action Committee.
The Social Action Committee has been actively engaged in organizing the following activities:
1) Letters to Sobey’s/Loblaws: The Green Team set up a table at the back of the Church requesting congregants to mail a form letter to each local grocery chain requesting that they reduce the use of plastic packaging on their products.
2) Mardi Gras Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: The pancake supper at St. Andrew’s on March 5th, was a fundraiser for Phoenix Youth. It required a lot of organization and volunteers but the event was very successful as we raised $1525.00.
3) Plastic Water bottle Policy: The policy that Council passed in January regarding the ban on having single-use plastic water bottles available on our property has now been attached to the rental agreement.
4) Camp Kidston-Lawtons Campaign: On Sunday, March 31st, the Camp Kidston-Lawton’s campaign will be launched. Jenn Powers from Camp Kidston will present a 3 minute video and then speak (for 2 minutes) about the collaboration between the camp and the Lawton’s prescription program. Sign-up tables will be set up at the back of the church for those interested in participating.
5) Silver Donald Cameron “Green Rights” Event: In April, (no exact date as of yet) Silver D. Cameron is coming to St. Andrew’s to show his film called “Green Rights, The Human Right to a Healthy Environment”. He will also respond to any questions afterwards. In collaboration with the GreenTeam, we are now in the process of organizing the publicity, and possible reception.
6) Brunswick Street Mission: As of January, 2019, the Board of Directors has completed their year long strategic planning process. As outlined in the Fall 2018 brochure, there are many new proposed initiatives in addition to the clothing/ food banks, breakfast, trustee and benevolent programs. New staff are in the process of being hired. Dr. Margaret Casey ( Director-at-Large for Advocacy) and Wayne Marsh (Director-at-Large) have recently agreed to volunteer on the Board. Wayne Marsh, who acted as our strategic planning consultant, will now continue to advise us as a volunteer Board member. Exciting times at the Mission.
Upcoming Discussion:
1) On Tuesday, April 23rd, committee members will participate in a “mini-
retreat”. We will review/discuss the direction and focus of our committee.