Sunday McNabb Public Information and Open Speaker Meeting

This page describes what happens at the Sunday McNabb meeting and provides guidelines on how to conduct the meeting.

About the Meeting

This Al-Anon speaker meeting is open to members of the public who wish to find out more about Al-Anon. It is hosted each Sunday by one of the Ottawa area Al-Anon groups and is held at 11:00 a.m. at the McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy St, Ottawa, ON K1R 6E5 (just north of Gladstone).

At a speaker meeting, an Al-Anon member shares his/her experience, strength, and hope and tells his/her story about what it was like before finding Al-Anon, how s/he found Al-Anon, and how Al-Anon has helped him/her recover from the impact of someone else's drinking.

Al-Anon conference approved literature is on display. Copies of the Al-Anon meeting list are available. Pamphlets are free. Books are for display only; you may order a book from the websites listed on the meeting list or from the literature coordinator at one of the Al-Anon group meetings.

Hosting Guidelines

Sunday Morning McNabb is a public information service provided by local Al-Anon groups and guided by Group Conscience as taken by the Group Representatives at the District level (joint districts #28 and 29). This is an open meeting available to anyone interested in the family disease of alcoholism; students or members of the professional community may be in attendance (Al-Anon Service Manual, p. 43). Also, it is often a Newcomer’s first introduction to Al-Anon. The main focus of Sunday Morning McNabb is to allow newcomers and non-members to hear how the Al-Anon program aids recovery from the effects of the family disease of alcoholism. Hopefully, a newcomer will feel welcome enough to "keep coming back".

The following "helpful hints" are offered to assist your group in preparing to host Sunday Morning McNabb: