Ontario Regional Assembly of Development And Peace Comes To Welland

By Frank Fohr

WELLAND – The weekend of May 3rd to 5th will see close to 100 members of Development and Peace from across Ontario descend on Welland’s Niagara College campus for their annual Regional Assembly.

Delegates from as far away as Thunder Bay in the west and Ottawa in the east will come to hear about development issues in the Global South, elect new regional members to the National Council and pass resolutions for the National Council to consider.

In addition to working sessions over the three days, there will be opportunities for people to socialize and pray together. A dinner at Notre Dame College School on Saturday night and Mass as St Kevin Church Sunday morning are planned as part of the weekend.

The Ontario Regional Assembly coincides with regional assemblies in Quebec, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and the Western Provinces. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity at some point to link electronically with the other gatherings being held across the country.

The Ontario Assembly rotates around the province each year. The last time it was in the Niagara Region was 12 years ago when it was held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College.

Since the event is here in the Niagara Region this year, the local contingent has a full complement of 4 voting delegates and approximately 12 additional observers registered to attend.

(Frank Fohr is South Western representative on the National Council of Development and Peace.)

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