Action Story

14 Nov 2018 Pregnancy Care Centre Fundraiser

Six weeks ago the Covenant Canadian Reformed School’s ARPA Club started planning the Pregnancy Care Centre Fundraiser. We had heard that the new Pregnancy Care Centre in our community was receiving more women seeking help than that they had first expected. As a result they were running out of supplies. What better way to show our Christian and Pro-life identity then to take action within our school. The fundraiser lasted one month (three weeks). We split the 12 grades in our school into four groups. K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12....

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07 Sep 2018 Portraying Parental Rights

Portraying Parental Rights When Bill S-206 came out to senate again I took the opportunity to call a few senators regarding this issue.  After our phone calls, I was asked by two senators if I was interested in meeting up during the summer months to continue our conversation.  I had the privilege of meeting these two senators and spoke on various items, including Bill S-206 on corporal discipline.  One senator completely agreed with me as parents need to discipline our children, yet not in a cruel way. The other one I...

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07 Sep 2018 Invited to join county committee!

Invited to Join a County Committee by the Mayor! Once we had the details on our “ARPA 12 step challenge” I took the opportunity to get in contact with our mayor. He very quickly replied asking to meet him, and it was set up for the following week. Our meeting was great, and we kept the discussion very general.  I asked what he thought his position was on a few issues and his plans and he asked me what I do. Just before our meeting was over he asked me if I...

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07 Sep 2018 Christmas Baskets – ON

Christmas Baskets Our ARPA chapter decided to give Christmas Gift baskets along with a Bible to an MP, MPP, Mayor, or Councillor. Each of us (10 in total) picked a specific person to contact. One of the people who attended our meeting was familiar with the protocol for giving gifts to political leaders and gave us lots of hints on how our gift would get noticed. This was providential. I picked my area's MP. I called her office and set up an appointment for when she was in town. When we met...

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07 Sep 2018 Caroling with your MLA

Caroling with your MLA During the Christmas break my wife and I and a friend had the opportunity to join our local MLA and some of his supporters for his annual Christmas caroling ritual. It was a short and simple event. We shook hands with everyone in the MLA's office and then went out on the Main Street of our downtown core and sang a few songs outside on the street corners. We went into a few stores and restaurants and sang to the customers. One of the stores was the...

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07 Sep 2018 We Need a Law Flag Display

We Need a Law flag display The flag display went well, with around 30 students volunteering to help. We were set up at a park on a busy street corner in downtown Hamilton, and didn't have a lot of foot traffic, but there were a considerable number of cars going by. Many of the drivers and passengers honked or gave us thumbs-up -- even one city bus driver, who went by several times on his regular route, honked each time he went by in support of our cause. It was amazing...

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07 Sep 2018 School Club Posters

ARPA School Club Posters In order to enlist new club members, one ARPA School Club in the Hamilton area designed some creative posters! They had a great response and a strong and active club today. Maybe something worth trying with your Club this year. ...

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07 Sep 2018 Council Elections Meeting

Council Elections Meeting Our local ARPA group hosted an informal evening at my home to encourage people to consider running in the upcoming municipal elections this fall. We wanted to encourage people who have considered such a position to come out and discuss it, and also provide support and encouragement. We had a local christian Councillor who had served in the recent past also come out and he gave us a picture of what such a position entails, answered questions and offered valuable insight. I think this meeting was valuable as...

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07 Sep 2018 Fundraising Dinner – ON

Local Chapter Fundraising Dinner On May 5, the Oxford ARPA chapter held their annual fundraising dinner for the year. The day started out with some challenges as the venue informed us that it had no electricity and probably would not have that turned back on until the evening or next day. Several hours were spent desperately searching for another venue. Fortunately, we were able to find another, and the evening proceeded. A message was sent out to those who had signed up for the dinner, and although our actual numbers were...

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07 Sep 2018 Flower Campaign

Flower Campaign During a recent brainstorming session with ARPA’s Grassroots Manager, our ARPA Chapter came up with the idea of a flower campaign as a way of encouraging elected officials and bringing them a message. At the AGM we enlisted volunteers to sign up for one of the business days in October to carry out this campaign. Each volunteer visited the office of MP Rachael Harder, MLA Shannon Phillips and MLA Maria Fitzpatrick with flowers and with a handwritten card of thanks and encouragement. A separate group of volunteers went to...

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