Responsibilities of the Executive
The executive shall:
- direct and administer the affairs of the League
- coordinate and organize programs to promote the Objects of the League
- represent League members in spiritual, social and political issues
- develop League policy and long-term planning
The role of the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor:
- The spiritual advisor, in cooperation with the chairperson of spiritual development, shall provide advice and guidance for the spiritual program.
- The spiritual advisor shall receive due notice of all executive and council meetings and conventions and shall attend and participate in all such meetings and conventions, when possible, in an advisory capacity.
- At diocesan level, the spiritual advisor shall receive due notice of the diocesan administrative committee meetings and shall attend and participate when possible.
Father Trevor Scarfone
Father Trevor was born in February 1967 of Ken and Sheila Scarfone (deceased August 1992). He is the oldest of three children. His brother lives in Ottawa and works in one of the ministries of the federal government in Gatineau, Quebec. His sister is married and has a son (11) and daughter (6). Their family lives in Ohio, U.S.A. and owns a garden nursery.
Growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, he attended St. Ann elementary school and St. Mary’s College, a local Catholic boy’s high school. He then went to the University of Western Ontario in London where after three years he attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. He entered St. Peter’s Seminary and after three years received a Masters of Divinity. In August of 1992 Father Trevor was ordained to the diaconate in St. Veronica’s Parish, one of the two parishes in Sault Ste. Marie, where he spent his internship. After another year of studies, he was ordained to the priesthood in Blessed Sacrament, Sault Ste. Marie in May of 1994. Since his ordination, he has served in all three sectors; English, French and Native, of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. Father Trevor has been the associate pastor in St. Andrew’s and the pastor in St. Anthony of Padua, Sudbury, Holy Name of Jesus, North Bay and St. Alphonsus Liguori, Callander, St. Monica’s, Wawa and St. Francis Regis, Pic Mobert First Nation, Our Lady of Sorrows, Sturgeon Falls and Holy Spirit, Garden Village First Nation, St Gregory Parish, Sault Ste. Marie and is presently serving in Holy Name of Jesus and St. Alphonsus Liguori.
Having served in many parishes, he has been the Spiritual Advisor in many Catholic Women’s League councils. He was appointed as the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor in 2011 and presently fulfilling a five year commitment. Father Trevor is also part of the Daughters of Isabella. In the fall of 1994, he was asked to become chaplain of Marion Circle 908, Sudbury, and subsequently became Trillium-Ontario State Chaplain in 1995. He was elected in his present position as President of the Chaplains Committee in 2006. In 2010, Father Trevor transferred to become Chaplain of St. Michael the Archangel Circle, 1302, Sault Ste. Marie and is presently the chaplain of Our Lady of Lourdes Circle 1050, Penetaguishene.
Father Trevor has really enjoyed his many years serving in the variety of parishes he has been assigned to across the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, as Spiritual Advisor in the Catholic Women’s League and as chaplain in the Daughters of Isabella. Meeting a variety of people and priests, he has come to the realization that we all can live our faith no matter where we are called to minster.
The President shall:
- Inform the membership of the League’s position on current issues
- Foster open communication
- Preside at all council meetings and conventions
- Be a signing officer for all official documents
- Provide active leadership
- In consultation with the officers, initiate policy
- Keep fully informed on the operation of the League and report annually to the membership
- Be an ex officio member of all committees except the nominations and elections committee
- Be the official spokesperson for the council
- Appoint committees
- Read and be familiar with the National Manual of Policy and Procedure
- With the executive, be responsible for reporting activities to the next level
- Perform such other duties as may be incumbent upon the office
Elizabeth “Betsy” Currier
Betsy was born, raised and still lives in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Her legal birth name is Elizabeth, but she was always called by her nickname “Betsy” since she was a toddler.
After graduating from Mount St. Joseph College, she was married and had two children, Trisha and Stephen. When her children were in school for a full day she returned to Sault College and then Laurentian University and graduated with a degree and then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also earned a certificate from St. Michael’s College in Toronto in Education and Healthcare Leadership. After being blessed with a wonderful career of bedside nursing, teaching and management she retired in 2011. She and husband, Steve Larocque, have a blended family of three adult children, nine beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from nine to thirty, and two great-grandchildren, a newborn and a two-year-old.
Betsy joined the League with her mother’s encouragement in 1996 and has worked, prayed and played with many wonderful ladies who she feels privileged to call “friends and sisters”. She held several executive positions in her home council at St. Jerome Parish in Sault Ste. Marie. In 2011 she was appointed to the diocesan council and has served terms at that level as recording secretary, first vice president / Sault Ste. Marie regional chairperson and president-elect / chairperson of organization and now president.
Betsy co-chaired the 93rd annual Sault Ste. Marie diocesan convention held in in 2013 and has presented workshops on the Objects of the League and Health Care Ethics (Informed Consent, Substitute Decision Making & Privacy). She was a facilitator for Catch the Fire! and presented a “discernment” workshop as an introduction to the “S’Mores” program.
She enjoys volunteering at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) and loves nature and camping in the RV all summer at the lake. She and Steve enjoy travelling to a warmer climate for a few weeks in the winter months. She is also an avid reader and motorcyclist.
The President-Elect shall:
- become president automatically after serving her elected term as president-elect
- perform the duties of the president in her absence or inability to serve
- be the chairperson of organization
- be responsible for League development and leadership training
- perform such other duties as may be delegated to her by the president
The Organization Standing Committee is responsible for:
- recruiting members and maintaining membership
- leadership development
- League resource material
- annual reports
- life membership
Cathy is a third generation Catholic Women’s League member serving God and Canada for 36years. As a member of St. Gregory’s Parish, she served as President for two terms with the guidance of some amazing mentors. While serving as the Past-President, she was also active on the Regional Committee as the Spiritual Development Chairperson for the Sault Ste. Marie region.
One of the highlights of her League journey was chairing the Diocesan Convention held in Sault Ste. Marie in 2010.
She has been blessed with a great husband of 25 years as well as 2 beautiful healthy daughters who are both attending post-secondary school! Cathy is a full-time Regulated Pharmacy Technician for a large retailer in Sault Ste. Marie and she loves spending her leisure time with her husband, Ted. Her work for The Catholic Women’s League of Canada has made her a better wife, daughter, mother, sister and friend.
Duties of the First Vice-President:
- In the absence or inability of the president-elect to serve, the vice-presidents, in order of rank, shall perform her duties.
- In the temporary absence or inability to serve of both the president and president-elect, the first and second vice-presidents shall perform the duties of the president and president-elect respectively.
- Each vice-president shall:
- be the chairperson of a standing committee
- perform other duties as may be delegated by the president
The Community Life Standing Committee is responsible for:
- dignity and rights of persons
- social and economic justice
- refugees, immigration and citizenship
- Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP)
- developing countries
Giselle was born and raised in Mattawa, Ontario, and moved to North Bay when she started college. Since that time she has remained in North Bay. Giselle and her husband Doug have been married for 30 years. She is currently employed full time as a Registered Insurance Broker.
Giselle and Doug were blessed with two wonderful sons, Evan and Mathew. When her sons were younger, she maintained an active role in their school serving as Secretary and Chairperson of the PTA and Secretary of the Catholic School Advisory Council. Volunteering in her Parish, Holy Name of Jesus, has kept her family busy over the years. Both sons carried out duties as Altar Servers, and Doug has been an executive member of the Knights of Columbus Council for several years.
Giselle joined the Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 2002. She has served at the Parish Level as Secretary and two terms as President, Convention Chairperson in 2011, Regional Chairperson from 2011 to 2013, Diocesan Corresponding Secretary for 2013 – 2015 and Diocesan Second Vice President/Education and Health Standing Committee Chairperson from 2015-2017.
Involvement in the Catholic Women’s League of Canada has been a life changing experience. It has enhanced her spiritual development while giving her the opportunity to meet new people and make lifelong friendships. Working with women who share faith and mutual interests has been extremely rewarding.
The Education and Health Standing Committee is responsible for:
- Catholic education
- Catholic schools and catechesis
- Rites of Christian Initiation
- literacy and continuing education
- scholarships and bursaries
- wellness and sickness/disease
Lisa was born in North Bay and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2007 as an Aerospace Control Operator. She currently works at 22 Wing North Bay for 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron.
Lisa had always been involved in her parish but mostly volunteering with youth groups and one day decided it was time to join the CWL, a group her sister-in-law’s were a part of. Coming out of church one day, she saw a dear friend she hadn’t seen in years, who was selling raffle tickets for their CWL bazaar. She chatted with her for a bit and then was invited to help sell tickets and the rest was history. One person’s warm, welcoming invitation was all it took to be bitten by the CWL bug. From there, she was invited to sit on her home council executive at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption, North Bay as Resolutions & Legislation Committee Chairperson. Following that, she stayed on for consecutive terms as Corresponding Secretary, Membership & Organization and eventually President, then Past-President. At the Diocesan level she has served as Communications chairperson and North Bay Regional chairperson from 2015-2017.
She has been married for 29 wonderful years to the love of her life, Arthur Henry. She loves cooking, travelling, but most of all, spending time with friends and family. She also sits as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Military Family Resource Centre, a post she is passionate about.
The treasurer shall:
- maintain the financial records of the council concerned and have them appropriately audited or examined annually
- receive all League monies and pay all accounts as authorized
- be a signing officer for all official documents
- present a report of revenues and expenditures at meetings
- prepare and monitor annual budget
Bev’s home parish is Holy Redeemer in Sudbury where she has held the positions of Treasurer, Christian Family Life Chairperson, President-Elect and two separate terms as President. She joined the CWL in 1988 and has made many good friends through her years at Holy Redeemer. Her council has awarded her the Maple Leaf Service Pin and also a Certificate of Merit last year. She was also involved in the building of the new Church as she served on the Finance Committee at the time. Bev was raised and attended school in Orillia, ON and moved to Sudbury in 1968 with a cousin who wanted a roommate for a while. She left for a while but decided to return for a good job opportunity. She has been married to her husband, Rick Michaud, for 42 years. They are both retired now and enjoying reading, fishing, gardening & travelling (she reads while he fishes). Previously, she worked as Payroll/HR Supervisor at the Sudbury Community Care Access Centre and has a working background in finance.
Bev served as chairperson for the 2015 Diocesan Convention held in Sudbury and spent her first two years on the Diocesan Executive as Communications Chairperson. She is now serving her 2nd term as Diocesan Treasurer and welcomes the challenge this poses. She is looking forward to the next two years.
The Recording Secretary shall:
- record the minutes of all meetings and conventions of the council concerned and retain them as a permanent record
- be a signing officer for all official documents
- have charge of all papers and records of the council concerned
- be responsible for reports as required
Mary Lynn Truchon
In addition to her role as North Bay Regional Chairperson, Mary Lynn will act as Recording Secretary to the end of the 2017-2019 term.
Corresponding Secretary (may be appointed) shall attend to correspondence as required.
Marlene became a member of the Catholic Women’s League at St. Jerome Parish in the Sault when she became a Catholic almost 30 years ago. She was gifted a membership by our council and one of the ladies called and invited her to a meeting. She has never looked back. Like most members, she has done a variety of jobs and chaired several committees for her council. She has made many close friends and she’s grateful for the prayerful support of the League’s wonderful ladies. Marlene is commencing her third term on Diocesan Council this time serving as Corresponding Secretary. She has served in the past as Recording Secretary and Communications Chair. She would recommend the Diocesan Council to all Past Presidents as it puts the League in a different perspective.
Marlene has been retired ten years from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board where she worked for 35 years. Workplace Health and Safety continues to be a passion of hers.
Marlene and her husband George have been married 42 years and have lived here in the Sault almost 40 years. She is originally from Kirkland Lake and has also lived in Burlington and Hamilton. She and George have three grown children and will soon have five grand kids. She considers herself very fortunate to have two kids that live in the Sault. Her eldest lives in Brockville.
She watches her granddaughter two or three days a week. Marlene loves to read and belongs to two book clubs. She also loves to garden and golf but, sadly feels she is just terrible at both.
The past president shall:
- serve in a consultative capacity
- be responsible for archives and history
- facilitate the study and implementation of the Constitution & Bylaws
- perform other duties as assigned by the president
- be chairperson of laws at national level (Part XIII, Section 1(10))
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.
The duties of the chairperson are:
- spiritual growth of members
- study of Catholic teachings
- role of women in the church
- evangelization and mission assistance
- lay ministries
- ecumenism and interfaith endeavours
Marcelle was born and raised in the North Bay area. As the wife of a banker, she travelled throughout the province and finally settled back in North Bay in 2001 to continue her own career in banking until her retirement in 2009. Marcelle and husband Rheal celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. They have three grown children and four wonderful grandchildren.
Marcelle joined the Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 2003 and has held the posts of corresponding secretary, spiritual development and president in her parish of St. Peter the Apostle. Presently she is past president and chairperson for legislation and resolution in her council. She is also active in her parish as a reader and sits on the liturgy committee. She has spearheaded many functions in her parish including fund raising for the Kids to Costa Rica program and petitions to members of parliament on our many crucial issues.
She participated in Arise and has completed the Discovering Christ program.
Marcelle is an avid gardener and enjoys working in her many gardens even when the deer eat all the tulips. She manages to quilt and knit in her spare time. You can always find many of her projects at St. Peter’s annual tea and bazaar. She loves to travel and has joined Father Tony Man-Son-Hing on many of his wonderful pilgrimages.
She is looking forward to serving you as spiritual chairperson for the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie for the next two years. Together we will grow in faith and wisdom inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Christian Family Life Committee is tasked with the oversight of:
- marriage and family
- sanctity of life
- ministry to:
The Communications Standing Committee is responsible for authoring material related to:
- The Canadian League magazine
- for evangelization
- to promote the League
- evaluation and promotion of good content
- newsletters and bulletins
- Media Relations
Patricia and her husband Paolo have been married for 31 years, were high school sweethearts, and have been fortunate to raise their two children Andrea (28 yrs) and Natalie (26 yrs) in their hometown of Sudbury.
Patricia has been a member of the League for 10 years while serving on the executive of Our Lady of Hope Council. She values the relationships she enjoys with fellow sisters in the League, and considers the call to service a blessing in her life.
She was the convention chairperson for the 92nd annual diocesan convention, led publicity for the 95th annual Diocesan Convention and has served as Sudbury Regional Chairperson. Actively involved in parish ministry, she has supported sacramental preparation for new candidates, led Confirmation preparation, participated in ARISE group sessions and currently serves in music and Eucharistic ministries.
Patricia enjoys a fulfilling career that has spanned more than 30 years in the field of retail, human resources, volunteer management, business operations, community engagement and fundraising.
The Resolutions Standing Committee is tasked with:
- research and preparation of resolutions and briefs
- study and implementation of resolutions adopted by other levels
- at provincial and national levels, presentation of resolutions to government
Sue was born in December 1945 of Arthur and Alice Dupuis (deceased 1909-1993 respectively) and is the youngest of five children. Two girls and three boys of which the eldest and youngest brother live in Sudbury. She married Andre Godin on February 24th1968 in Notre Dame de L’Esperance church in Val Caron. Sue and Andre have two married children who between them have given them four beautiful grandchildren.
At age fifteen, Sue and some members of her family were in a tragic car accident through no fault of theirs. This accident changed her journey, having femur fracture left her bed bound in hospital for three months. Sue had a lot of time to reflect on what she wanted to do with her life. She had hoped to pursue a career in nursing, but after spending so much time in the hospital had reconsidered. Secretarial work had always been in the back of her mind also but due to the fact sitting long periods of time were difficult for her, she rejected the idea. Her brother’s wife who was a hairdresser suggested she might consider becoming a stylist. Sue has worked as a hairstylist for most of her life. It was a good fit for her. She really enjoyed going to work every day, listening to people share their life’s journey with her. She took this time transforming their outside look and hopefully their inside look by just being a good listener. Sue believes God uses our Gifts wherever we are with whomever we are with.
Sue became a CWL Member in 1992 because her mother was a member. She became active for a very short time on the executive after her children got married. She became active again in 2009 serving as correspondence secretary, recording secretary. She was nominated for President of St. Kevin’s Counsel 2014-2015 and is currently the past president. Sue enjoys St. Kevin’s parish and though she is bilingual and could attend other churches in the valley, she enjoys the church’s open untraditional space. She has been part of the choir for many years, children’s liturgy and pastoral council. Sue made her first commitment to be an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the year 2000. She values her time spent with her csj associates sharing her faith journey. Through her love of reading spiritual writers, Sue has discovered she has a mind of a new beginner as Richard Rohrs refers to, always having an open mind and a will to learn “More”
The Legislation Standing Committee is tasked with:
- monitoring and studying legislation at all levels of government
- preparation of briefs and position papers on proposed legislation
Rhonda DeGraw has lived in Blind River for forty eight years, has been married to her wonderful husband Joe for twenty-seven years and has three terrific children, Joseph Jr., Conor and Jennifer.
She has been a League member for sixteen years, has served her CWL at parish level as Treasurer, Christian Family Life Chairperson, President-elect/Organization Chairperson, President and Past-President. She was presented by her parish council of St. James the Greater, the Maple Leaf Pin in 2013.
She has served on your Diocesan CWL as Community Life Chairperson, Christian Family Life Chairperson, and Regional Chairperson for Sault Ste. Marie and is currently Legislation Chairperson.
She also serves on her Parishes Leadership Team (PLT), building committee, funeral luncheon convenor and as an inter-church council member. She participates in her parishes Children’s Ministry where, as part of a team, she teaches the grade three children to pray and make their own Rosaries.
For more information about the Regional Chairpersons, please visit the Regional Councils & Committees page.