Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 16, 2003
CSS honours McCaffery
Local priest seen as advocate for marginalized people
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"People of all faiths, all walks of life, have turned to Father Mike for spiritual and social support. His door is always open to everyone."
- Casey O'Byrne
More than 300 people, including staff, volunteers and guests attended the CSS meeting, during which several volunteers received awards for outstanding service.
During the past 12 months, some 1,700 volunteers contributed their energy, time and talents to the agency through more than 50,000 hours of service. Four of those volunteers received awards for outstanding service: Betty Boyd, Gladys Higgins, Joan McArthur and Dale Toogood.
The agency also paid tribute to a group of 18 women, many of them members of the Catholic Women's League, who over the years have volunteered thousands of hours to the success of every one of the agency's fundraising campaigns. The women, including 93-year-old Francis Cover, received a standing ovation from an appreciative audience.
Archbishop Thomas Collins told the meeting that CSS is an organization deeply rooted in the Christian tradition that offers an example of community service.
In fulfilling its mandate, it takes its cue right from the Scriptures and the social teaching of the Church, the archbishop said. "It's a sign of hope in the lives of those who experience its loving presence."
Collins used scriptural passages like the parable of the Good Samaritan and the washing of the feet by Jesus at the Last Supper to describe the organization's work. These passages, he said, are at the heart of the spirit of CSS and give meaning and direction to it.
"Reverence for the personal dignity of each person is at the heart of the lives of all those involved in CSS," Collins said, calling the agency "a wonderful family of people gathered in the service of others."
Pierog, the CEO, said CSS serves more than 60,000 people annually through more than 130 community programs. "Our expenditures during the last year were over $45 million. We hold ourselves accountable for efficient service delivery, stewardship and positive outcomes for the people we serve."
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