Growth of the Society
-As the original conference grew too large, it divided into other conferences.
-1833 - one Conference, 7 members
-1846- Dr. Joseph Painchaud, a French-Canadian who had studied in Paris and had belonged to the conference there, founded the first Canadian conference in Quebec City.
-1850 – George Manly Muir, a member of the first Quebec conference, formed the first conference in Toronto.
-1853 – Society of St. Vincent de Paul had spread to sixteen countries
-1883 – 4000 Conferences, 76,500 members
-1933 –13,200 Conferences, 180,000 members.
-1983 – 38,500 Conferences, 750,000 members
-1997 – 47,600 Conferences 880,000 members in 132 countries on the five continents.
-1997 – Western Regional Council formed serving Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and NWT – Don Hunter is first President
-2007 First Conferences started on Arctic Circle - one in Tuktoyuktuk, Northwest Territories and one in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut