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Our Recent projects : Africa Mission  |  Seminary Project in Mysore, India   |   Vancouver West-End Sandwich Services   |   Friends of Burnaby Youth Justice Services Centre (BYJSC)   |   Carmel Hill

Our Constitution

Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, run by the Discalced Carmelites will follow the prescribed procedures outlined here:

In response to the amendment to the Charity’s Purposes, the charity intends to achieve each of the new purposes set out in the governing documents as follows:

  • (a) The charity is aligning itself with the international Carmelite Order comprising of three branches of Men, Cloistered Nuns and Lay Persons, spread through Europe very fast and then in South America and now in Asia & Africa with presence in more than 90 countries round the globe. It will concentrate its charitable works to orphanages, social services, medical supplies and education in Kenya and Tanzania and the Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat areas of India (in the west coast region of India). The charity has members in various communities doing charitable works in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. The members and supporters of the charity have established relationships with their affiliates in the chosen areas in Africa and India. The charity had in the past supported a village in Nigeria in providing funds for water well and pumps for a school [Attachment A).

  • (b.1) The charity is handing out free sandwiches to between 300-500 of the poor in the past few months on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at its location situated at 1161 Broughton Street in the West–End of Vancouver. Most of other social charities provide sandwiches to the poor and street people in the east side of Vancouver where there is a predominant number of poor people in Vancouver. In the West-End of Vancouver, there is a lack of such facilities for the poor and this charity is filling the void there. The West-End of Vancouver is the densest area in Canada and most of the people are very affluent. More should probably be done in this part of Vancouver as the housing affordability is a major problem in Vancouver. The charity has a number of volunteers and receives donations from the nearby church and donations of bread from three food places, namely Cobbs Bread, Safeway and IGA. [Attachment B].

  • (b.2) The charity is committed to working with the organizing committee under the leadership of Evelyn Florendo to provide its annual Christmas Dinner to the inmates of Burnaby Youth Justice Services Centre. The inmates are juvenile offenders and the works of Evelyn Florendo of over 30 years are going to be continued by the charity upon the request of Evelyn Florendo as she is getting on in years and has some medical problems. This work has been supported by two former Premiers of British Columbia, and the Archbishop of Vancouver, who have attend the annual Christmas Dinner for several years and have donated towards the cost of the dinner and gifts to the children. There is a wide spread of volunteers from across the greater Vancouver area who come together to create a very nice annual Christmas Dinner for the young incarcerated people. It is also an occasion for the young people to put on a Christmas show for the guests with their own entertainment and professional entertainers (providing volunteer shows) for the inmates [Attachment C].

  • (b. 3) For the retreat and education aspect for people in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley, the charity has purchased a property 15 minutes east of the City of Mission, which is approximate to Chilliwack, Abbotsford and some smaller communities which do not have access to such facilities, of which are found closer to Vancouver. The Archdiocese has provided a $1 million mortgage financing to the charity to provide such services to the people in the Fraser Valley, about one and half hour driving distance from Vancouver. The property has a three bedroom house and a barn which will be converted to an education centre. [Attachment D]

Our Projects

Seminary Project in Mysore, India

The charity has assisted in partial financing of an addition to a seminary in Mysore, India for the training of young men to the priesthood.

Africa Mission

The charity has supported a village in Nigeria called Oforola, of a Catholic priest who is the pastor of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Surrey