The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP)
In 2011, I conducted fieldwork at the local Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) chapter in Kamloops, British Columbia. I explored “the pure gift” in terms of both volunteering and what is needed to maintain its existence. I identified phases needed to secure “the pure gift” as such. A giver must validate character, practice empathy, perform humility, enable betterment, and allow spiritual union for a gift to be validated as pure. One of the greatest discoveries with this fieldwork is how gifts themselves are agents of change and transformation—often for the better.
Forthcoming Ethnographic Articles
“Samaritan Thanksgivings, Christly Transformations: The Hurt, the Wounded, the Lost Children of the Lamb alike in Charitable Suffering and Perseverance at the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Kamloops, British Columbia.” (in second submission to Anthropologica, peer-reviewed journal, ethnographic study.)