Francescan Society

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Francescan Society

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In 1967, two members of the West Vancouver Anglican church, St. Francis-in-the-Wood formed the inter-faith female fellowship group, the Francescan Society. Commonly known as The Francescans, the stated purpose of the group was "to share time and talent to provide outreach in the community and to raise funds for the community."

The Francescans provided financial assistance to many North Shore organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Emily Murphy House, North Shore Association for the Physically Handicapped, North Shore Adult Daycare Centre, West Vancouver Daycare, and West Vancouver Community Help and Information Centre. The group's popular fundraisers included spring luncheons, strawberry teas, rummage sales, dinners, and special events. In the early 1980s, The Francescans also ran the refreshment garden during Community Day in West Vancouver.

In 1986, with close to 60 members, the organization was renamed the Francescan Outreach Society, and registered as a charitable trust.


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Fundraising included rummage sales, dinner dances, and lotteries. Proceeds from these activities were donated to larger charity organizations such as the North Shore Mental Health Association, Wendy House Day Care, Mobile Meals, and North Shore Volunteers for Seniors.

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Mandate: To share time and talent to provide outreach in the community and to raise funds for the community.

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Francescan Outreach Society (1967-1986)

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The Francescan Society was the predecessor body to the Francescan Outreach Society.

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