Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) Canada held its annual planning workshop on October 21 to 23 in the beautiful city of Calgary. It’s theme was Operational Excellence for 2017 and was participated in by the vibrant coordinators from 14 mission areas, namely, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Hamilton, Lethbridge, Montreal, Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg.
The 3-day event, opened by an inspiring talk on Authentic Leadership by ANCOP President, Ricky Cuenca, focused mainly on the Review of Key Area Results, Planning, Team Building and Presentation of 2016 Financial and Status Reports. It was also an avenue to share the best practices amongst the areas and convene to strategize on how to achieve the goals set for 2017. Some great news were also announced such as the launching of the Child Sponsorship Program online!
One of the many blessings in 2016 was the active participation of our younger adults of the community in the marketing and implementation of events and now helping in charting the path for 2017. The Singles for Christ (SFC) were ably represented by Tyne Collado, Ryan Diongco (GTA), Alodia Landingin (Calgary) and Evony Evangelista (FTPW).
It was indeed a fun-filled weekend with the aid of the power couple, Peachy and Greg Forbes, who led the planning and team building activities. One of the highlights of the activities was the XY Game with the objective “to score as many points as you can for your team without hurting or hindering other team’s opportunity to score points”. It served as a reminder on the very calling of everyone doing the mission work for the poor, that is, to work together with selflessness in answering the needs of our brethren.
Both days were blessed with the mass celebrated by Padre Eli of Calgary and the last portion of Sunday was spent to recognize the efforts of all areas. Aside from the inspiring homily of Padre Eli, we were inspired by the Fort Mac ANCOP team which was awarded the ADVERSITY Award, that despite what happened during the forest fire, they were still together to help our brothers and sisters where ANCOP operates.
With all the vibrant ideas put together, not to forget the powerful messages from the CFC leaders, everyone’s spirit was set on fire to bring Christ to every home, especially the poor.
As 2016 draws to a close, ANCOP Canada is again ready and ablazed for the work to bring glad tidings for the poor in 2017 and in the years ahead!
Thank you to our hosts led by CFC ANCOP Coordinators for Calgary, Ernie and Beng Cancio and their service team for making the weekend so memorable.
Watch this video of pictures from Connie Cardinoza, SFC Calgary!
Author: Tyne Collado, SFC Greater Toronto Area