A Call to Serve | 2021 Chapter

A Call to Serve | 2021 Chapter

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria hosted the annual celebrations for the A Call to Serve project.

Held on Saturday 2 April 2022, at St Clare’s Catholic Church, Box Hill North, this significant event recognises volunteer members and groups of the Society who, as representatives of all our members and volunteers, have delivered outstanding service to the people we assist. Every year’s honourees are nominated by their peers.

This year’s honourees are:

Grace Pulis: Networking supremo

Grace Pulis, Laverton/Altona Meadows member has an amazing capacity to take on new challenges and to build beneficial community connections. She credits her conference work with being a valuable part of her own personal development journey.

Kevin Jones: Humble servant leader

The late Kevin Jones gave over 55 years to conference life in a number of regional towns, spending the last 40 years at Traralgon. He embodied all the Vincentian values, most notably humility, respect for others which was reciprocated, integrity and empathy.

Collingwood & Fitzroy Soup Vans: Nothing stops the soup van

This story is about two inner Melbourne soup vans combining forces during Covid and the Herculean efforts of all their van volunteers to ensure they were able to continue to be there for the people who relied on them by implementing Covid-safe processes. They more than doubled the numbers of meals served in this time.

Kathleen Leggett: A big heart in a small shop

Kathleen Leggett has been the volunteer manager of the Vinnies Ararat for more than 30 years. Her dedication and commitment are up there with the best of them as are her financial stewardship and care of her team.

Casey Young Vinnies: Thriving on connection and up for any challenges

COVID put a huge dampener on this Young Vinnies team’s capacity to stay engaged with the children they support, but they adapted, finding ways to keep the connections vibrant and meaningful.

Frank Winkelmann: Showing by doing

Frank Winkelmann, Black Rock/Beaumaris Conference is cherished by his members for his willingness to go above and beyond in helping others. His members credit him for wonderful mentoring, his humility and his way with people. His is a small, less active conference, but it is not the number of people assisted that counts; it is the quality and respect for each person assisted that matters.

Through the power of story-telling, we pause to honour these Vincentians together with their family, friends and fellow conference members and volunteers. It is a wonderful day to feel part of the Vincentian family.