PRINCE ALBERT — “Tonight is about celebrating 30 years of hard work and dedication with the hope of 30 more years,” said Catholic Family Services (CFS) executive director Louise Zurowski at the anniversary supper and dance at Plaza 88 in Prince Albert.
On behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, Rev. Maurice Fiolleau, vicar-general, welcomed all who came to support the non-profit counselling agency and its mission.
Prince Albert city councillor Martin Ring welcomed everyone on behalf of mayor Greg Dionne. He acknowledged the importance of CFS in the lives of those who have supported and benefitted from the services of the agency.
Rev. Travis Myrheim, pastor of St. Michael Parish and chaplain of St. Mary High School, said the prayer for the meal.
Zurowski shared quotations from a diocesan historical book, which explained how CFS began their work.
“Father Jean Papen was the one with the dream and helped bring Catholic Family Services to fruition,” she said. “With hope and perseverance he encouraged us, rallied our flagging spirits and pointed out that anything worth having was worth working hard for, and he showed through example.
“From corners unknown, he unearthed office chairs, desks and lamps. He loaned us his typewriter and wrote letters to us accompanied by cheques from his parish flock. Today we are grateful that Father Jean Papen had that dream, and we think that he would be very proud to see what Catholic Family Services has become.”
Had it not been for his help and that of diocesan priest Rev. Luc Gaudet (deceased), the agency would not have its current office space, Zurowski said. During the past year, major renovations to the building’s heating and cooling system were required. The costs were overwhelming. The agency wondered how it would happen — where would the funding come from?
When the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross came forward with the full funds for renovations, CFS renamed their office Adele’s Place in honour of the founder of the religious order.
“As a result of the generosity the Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross have shown, and many other contributions, we have the opportunity to focus on what we need to do best; that is, tend to our clients.”
Zurowski acknowledged chair member Jeanette Eddolls for the work and organizing she does. She noted that Eddolls received the Prince Albert Citizen of the Year award in 2014.
In recognition of their hard work throughout the years, two board members recognized Lorraine Bowman, office manager since 1997, and Louise Zurowski, executive director since 2002, for the many storms they helped the agency through.
Inaugural board members Waltera Van Gennip and Jan Olesko were given the honour of cutting the 30th anniversary cake.