Past President / Historian

The past president shall:

  1. serve in a consultative capacity
  2. be responsible for archives and history
  3. facilitate the study and implementation of the Constitution & Bylaws
  4. perform other duties as assigned by the president
  5. be chairperson of laws at national level (Part XIII, Section 1(10))

Karen McDonald

Karen was born and raised and lives in Sudbury, Ontario. She obtained her B.A. (Hons) degree in Law & Justice from Laurentian University in 1989 and has been employed as a legal assistant since 1990. An avid sports fan, she enjoys gardening and being outdoors, cherishes her many special friends, and loves a challenge!

Karen credits her grandmother and mother for her faith and her love of the League by witnessing their faithful service to God. She joined The Catholic Women’s League of Canada at St. Clement Parish in 1990 and served in various positions. She was president-elect when her home council amalgamated with a ladies auxiliary in 2002 to form Our Lady of Hope CWL Council of which she is a proud member today. Karen is active in her parish and one of her greatest pleasures is singing ‘alto’ in the choir which she believes is “good for the soul“. She co-chaired the 86th diocesan convention held in Sudbury in 2006 and was appointed to the Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan Council that year. At the diocesan level, Karen has chaired the spiritual development, resolutions, organization standing committees, and has served as diocesan treasurer, Sudbury regional chairperson, diocesan president and is currently diocesan past president. Karen has presented League workshops across the diocese including Leadership and Public Speaking, Knowing the League, and Catch the Fire!

Karen enjoys the personal interaction with her CWL sisters and feels blessed to be able to serve through her League involvement.