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Safe Environment Policy guide from Supreme

I have devised a one page reference guide on the Safe Environment Policy from Supreme. It is a guide and should not be considered as an exhaustive summary on everything associated  with the Safe Environment Program. As in the case of other recent Supreme initiatives such as the State Action Plan, Home Corporation Policy and Building the Domestic Church, it takes time to absorb and understand how the councils adapt and comply with these initiatives. Please use the attached guide to assist you with compliance. The references at the bottom of the guide are also for your use.
The role of the Grand Knight, District Deputy and State Deputy grows in complexity each year. There is a greater emphasis placed on being compliant with new initiatives for many reasons. This is why the State Council must be diligent in not only fully understanding these initiatives but also being able to provide pro-active assistance to councils to meet the requirements of these initiatives. The Grand Knight and the councils are the nucleus for all membership and program activity taking place within a Jurisdiction. The State Deputy, State Officers, District Deputies and State Appointees must assume that role of support to councils.There is absolutely no other reason for their existence.
The Safe Environment Program implementation process is heavily upon all of us in Nova Scotia and requires particular attention by Grand Knights to be diligent in compliance. The State Deputy and support staff are ready to support that compliance.
Fraternally and sincere regards
Brother Carl
Carl F. Reid, State Deputy Nova Scotia

Federal Summer Job Attestation

My dear brother Knights of the Order:
Please see the attachments from me regarding the recent edict from the federal Department of Employment and Social Development Canada.
Much information and discussion Canada wide has been generated by the recent decision by the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada in Ottawa to use a rather coercive tactic of holding back federal funding to organizations who normally employ youth during the summer months if they do not conform to the new policy conditions developed under the present Trudeau government.
It is a matter of religious freedom practice that is being threatened by this new policy. It weighs in heavily on a violation of Charter rights protecting that practice. I have attached my letter as well as a number of papers and commentaries which outlines clearly the intent of the Federal Government with this new policy.
Please proceed as you see appropriate after you have reviewed the attachments.
Kindest regards.
Brother Carl
State Deputy

Coats for Kids keeping children warm across HRM

The Nova Scotia Knights of Columbus handed out 444 coats for kids across the province this winter through their Coats for Kids program. Just in time for the chilly weather, the coats provide protection from the elements for kids in need.

Sean Kelly, state program director for the Knights of Columbus council in Lower Sackville, says they have been taking part in this international program for more than six years and will continue to do so each year there is a need. This year’s total of 444 coats equalled $11,535 in fundraising money from the councils. “The Knights of Columbus councils raise the money through various means, selling tickets, putting on breakfasts, however they can figure out a way to make some money,” says Kelly. “This program has been going for six or seven years. They have given 600,000 or 700,000 coats across North America.”

In HRM, 252 coats were given out this season, in sizes ranging from a small child’s coat to larger sizes for 12-year-old kids. The coats are donated to individuals through community partners including local food banks, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, elementary schools, the Salvation Army and Community Services. “The biggest one this year was in Enfield. They brought in 144 coats; they distributed them out through Enfield, Indian Brook and Stewiacke — so they split them up through the three local food banks,” says Kelly.

Kelly, who has been a member of the Knights of Columbus in HRM since the early 1980s, says they raise tens of thousands of dollars every year for a variety of charities and community programs, including bursaries, funding for food banks and children’s lunch programs

Nomination for Supreme Convention

Please see the attached Nomination Letter and the Nomination form for the Supreme Convention in August 2018 in Baltimore Md.  All nomination forms are to be the office of the State Secretary by April 1st, 2018 in hard copy Any questions please contact the undersign.

Monseignor Hugh MacPherson Council 14596 2017 Toy Drive

Council 14596 St Andrews Annual Toy Drive (This was their 7th year), see attachment of the newspaper articles of the 2017 Toy Drive when we we provided toys, clothing and footwear to 149 families (323 children) in the Antigonish Town and County.

Brother Knights donated approximately 1000 hours of their time from Nov 27th to Christmas Eve to make this happen. In addition, family and friends of Brother knights donated 300 hours for a total of 1300 hours donated to the project.

This is a project that we get better at every year and the community at large is taking a growing interest in and continue to be very supportive of.

I am very proud of our Brother Knights and their families and friends who came out and made this happen–again. I believe they deserve a Community or Family award or both depending upon where you feel this fits best.

For the Children
Clarence Deyoung PGK
Toy Drive Co ordinator