On behalf of the Board of Consultants and the FCJ Centre staff, we are delighted to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our donors and volunteers who joined us for the Annual Donors and Volunteers Appreciation Brunch on May 6, 2023, at the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre. Your presence, unwavering support, and commitment to our organization made the event a great success. We appreciate all your contributions, and we hope to continue working with you to achieve our mission of being a Centre of hospitality and hope where God can be experienced in a changing world. To those who were not able to make it, we missed you, and we want you to know that your support and dedication to our organization are highly valued. We hope to see you at our future events. The event started with the Land Acknowledgment recited by Rita, Associate Director, followed by the introduction of the new leadership team by Sr Ger Curran fcJ, FCJ Local Leader and our in-house counselor. Niala, Associate Director, welcomed the guests and gave the opening remarks, and the opening prayer by Sr Ann Marie Walsh fcJ, followed by a scrumptious brunch prepared by our fabulous Kitchen staff. During the brunch, we were serenaded by Nick Celis, one of our staff, who sang the song "Thankful" by Josh Groban. We also recognized Mary Balasch for being an outstanding volunteer for 2022. Mary has been consistently watering the indoor plants 2-3 times a week. Whitney then shared the impact report on how the donors' and volunteers' contributions help sustain the programs, services, works, and maintenance of the FCJ Centre. Kharah, Vice Chair of the Board of consultants, gave a message of gratitude, followed by the closing remarks and an invitation to upcoming events by Whitney. We concluded the event with a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving by MT, a Board of consultants’ member. Once again, we thank you for your generous support and dedication to our Centre.
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