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Prayer breakfast to feature inspirational speaker

Pat Nixon from homeless-helping StreetLevel Network will share his experience

By: Victoria Paterson

  |  Posted: Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 06:00 am

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How to attend

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased before March 31 via the St. Albert United Church.

The keynote speaker for this year’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast has gone from homeless to founding an inner-city ministry in Calgary.

Pat Nixon from the StreetLevel Network will present at this year’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 5. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the St. Albert Alliance Church.

“I’ve been trying for four years to get Pat to come speak at a mayor’s prayer breakfast,” said Dean Kurpjuweit, chair of the event.

Kurpjuweit had Nixon as an instructor a decade ago during a leadership program and the experience has stuck with him.

“Much of what he said 10 years ago still resonates today,” Kurpjuweit said.

Nixon has been recognized for his work with homeless and others living in poverty with several prestigious awards, including the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence.

He’s now the national director for StreetLevel.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast offers an opportunity for local clergy to come together and to give back to a social justice cause – this year’s proceeds will benefit the StreetLevel Network, Nixon’s organization.

“It’s just an opportunity to come together and pray for our city and support Christian unity,” Kurpjuweit said.

Mayor Nolan Crouse said he met Nixon in late 2013.

“He’ll be a fabulous speaker,” Crouse said.

The mayor praised the usual social justice and consciousness focus of the event.

“It’s wonderful and I’m happy to have my name stand against it,” he said.


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