2019-2021 Executive

 

Responsibilities of the Executive

The executive team will :

  1. direct and administer the affairs of the League
  2. coordinate and organize programs to promote the Objects of the League
  3. represent League members in spiritual, social and political issues
  4. develop League policy and long-term planning
Diocesan Spiritual Advisor

The role of the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor:

  1. The spiritual advisor, in cooperation with the chairperson of spiritual development, shall provide advice and guidance for the spiritual program.
  2. 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.
  3. At diocesan level, the spiritual advisor shall receive due notice of the diocesan administrative committee meetings and shall attend and participate when possible.

 

President

The President shall:

  1. Inform the membership of the League’s position on current issues
  2. Foster open communication
  3. Preside at all council meetings and conventions
  4. Be a signing officer for all official documents
  5. Provide active leadership
  6. In consultation with the officers, initiate policy
  7. Keep fully informed on the operation of the League and report annually to the membership
  8. Be an ex officio member of all committees except the nominations and elections committee
  9. Be the official spokesperson for the council
  10. Appoint committees
  11. Read and be familiar with the National Manual of Policy and Procedure
  12. With the executive, be responsible for reporting activities to the next level
  13. Perform such other duties as may be incumbent upon the office

Cathy McKinney

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.

President Elect / Organization

The President-Elect shall:

  1. become president automatically after serving her elected term as president-elect
  2. perform the duties of the president in her absence or inability to serve
  3. be the chairperson of organization
  4. be responsible for League development and leadership training
  5. perform such other duties as may be delegated to her by the president

The Organization Standing Committee is responsible for:

  1. recruiting members and maintaining membership
  2. leadership development
  3. League resource material
  4. annual reports
  5. life membership

Lisa Henry

Lisa was born in North Bay and recently retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Aerospace Control Operator. She now works as an administrative assistant for her husband, Arthur in his Counselling practice.

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 and Education & Health chairperson and North Bay Regional chairperson from 2015-2017.

She currently is a part of the CWL Implementation Committee tasked with carrying out the implementation of the National Strategic Plan which is scheduled to finish in 2023.

She has been married for 31 wonderful years to the love of her life, Arthur Henry. She loves cooking, travelling, but most of all, spending time with friends and family.

 

First Vice-President / Spiritual Development

Duties of the First Vice-President:

  1. In the absence or inability of the president-elect to serve, the vice-presidents, in order of rank, shall perform her duties.
  2. 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.
  3. Each vice-president shall:
    1. be the chairperson of a standing committee
    2. perform other duties as may be delegated by the president.                                The duties of the Spiritual Development chairperson are:
      1. spiritual growth of members
      2. study of Catholic teachings
      3. role of women in the church
      4. evangelization and mission assistance
      5. lay ministries
      6. ecumenism and interfaith endeavours

Patricia Clizia

Patricia and Paolo (high school sweethearts) have been married for 33 years and 'grew up' with their daughters - Andrea (30 yrs) and Natalie (28 yrs) in Sudbury. Their family increased in size in 2018 as they welcomed a son-in law Tim,  and their first grandchild - Carter- in 2019.  They enjoy traveling to Edmonton-Alberta and Dublin-Ireland visiting with their girls in the cities they now call home.

Patricia has been a member of the League for 13 years at Our Lady of Hope. She joined the League on invitation from a friend and was elected Recording Secretary soon after. She then served as Communications Chairperson, Organization Chairperson, President and Past President. She values the relationships she enjoys with fellow sisters in the League.  She is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and considers the call to service a blessing in her life.

She convened the 92nd annual Diocesan Convention  and led publicity for the 95th annual Diocesan Convention. She  has  served as Sudbury Regional Chairperson and Communications Chairperson on Diocesan Council. She developed and co-delivered a social media presentation to members in all regions. She is  actively involved in community and parish life and is enjoying a fulfilling career that has spanned more than 30 years.

 

Second Vice-President / Sudbury Regional Chairperson

Duties of the Second 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 and
perform other duties as may be delegated by the President.


Kathleen Niro

This is Kathleen’s second term serving on the Diocesan Council.  She has been elected as Second Vice-president and gifted as Sudbury Regional Chairperson by our Diocesan President, Cathy McKinney.

Kathleen is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University from the Diploma in Ministry Program, as well as earning Certificates in Spirituality and Liturgy.  Her practicum was centered on the merging of my parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help with St. Clement Parish, now Our Lady of Hope.  As president of the Ladies Auxiliary, she was educated in the League’s policies and procedures in order to lead the Ladies of the Auxiliary to determine their future, now the CWL council of Our Lady of Hope.  Kathleen received a Certificate of Merit for this work along side the CWL President of the time.  Since becoming a member in 2002, Kathleen has held the position of 1st Vice President, Spiritual Development, Communications, Christian Family Life, President and Past President, Historian.  In addition, she convened the CWL annual Valentine Tea for more than 5 years, served on the Sudbury Regional committee as Recording Secretary and participated on the liturgy committee for one of the annual conventions hosted in Sudbury.  As an eager learner, she attends regional workshops and days of reflection, as well as diocesan and provincial conventions to enrich her knowledge of the League.

Kathleen said yes to this term on the Diocesan Executive because she wants to be a part of a dynamic organization that she can share and support her faith with like-minded women.  Through the encouragement of the mentors in her life, who do share in her journey, Kathleen is able to make another two year commitment.  She looks forward to supporting our Diocesan President, Presidents and councils as we move forward to our 100th Anniversary and the National Strategic Plan as we continue to evolve in to faithful disciples of Jesus.

Treasurer

The treasurer shall:

  1. maintain the financial records of the council concerned and have them appropriately audited or examined annually
  2. receive all League monies and pay all accounts as authorized
  3. be a signing officer for all official documents
  4. present a report of revenues and expenditures at meetings
  5. prepare and monitor annual budget

mary-lynn truchon

Mary-Lynn is a lifelong resident of North Ban and a graduate of St. Joseph's College and St. Mary's Commercial Academy.  She is a retired administrative professional, having served forty plus years in the profession she loved. This was demonstrated when serving as charter vice-president and subsequently, treasurer and president of the North Bay Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  She is a lifelong parishioner of the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption Parish and has used the phrase "I belonged to the Pro-Cathedral Parish even before I was born" because her adoption at birth was arranged through the Parish Priest at the time.

She has been a CWL member for thirty-three  years serving on the executive in the 80's for several years then taking a break due to family serious health issues.  She also served several years on Parish Council and helped with various annual Bazaar committees as well as co-convening the Bazaar.  Retirement allowed time to be more deeply involved and this has included chairing the knitting table for the annual bazaar for over 10 years, volunteering on a Parish funeral luncheon team, now as captain.  Executive positions have included Resolutions and Legislation, Recording Secretary, Membership and Organization, then President (3 years) and Past President.  She received the Maple Leaf Service Pin in June 2015.  At the Regional level, she served as Secretary/Treasurer, Secretary, and as the North Bay Regional Chairperson.

Mary-Lynn has been married to Ron Truchon for sixteen years, and Ron has five adult children and six grandchildren residing in Ottawa and Toronto. Her daughter and husband live in Sudbury and she has 3 adult grandchildren also in Sudbury who she is extremely proud of! She loves reading, cooking and puts great value on her family and wonderful circle of friends....many are CWL sisters.  She feels the CWL has brought many blessings into her life.

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary shall:

  1. record the minutes of all meetings and conventions of the council concerned and retain them as a permanent record
  2. be a signing officer for all official documents
  3. have charge of all papers and records of the council concerned
  4. be responsible for reports as required

Louise cazabon-regimbal

Louise was born in Parry Sound, Ontario and raised in Sturgeon Falls as the eldest of 5 siblings. Louise has survived two husbands who passed from cancer. She has 3 beautiful children and one step-daughter and is the proud grand-mother to 7 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family and when she is not volunteering or fulfilling her League duties, she likes to keep busy working on several craft projects and quilting in her craft room.  Louise enjoys playing bridge in a league with her friends and she’s quite physically active. She loves yoga and bicycling which keeps her well balanced.

Louise graduated from the Business-Administration Program with a specialty in accounting.  She held management positions in both the private and public sectors for over 25 years. Having been a League member for over 13 years in her home parish of St. Peter the Apostle, she feels that this experience has helped develop a strong faith that allowed her to become an active member in the service towards God and her community. Her roles in the CWL included: President, Past President, Recording Secretary, Community Life Chairperson. This past May, Louise was appointed to the Diocesan Executive as Recording-Secretary. She looks forward to being part of this new team. As she loves public speaking she registered for the “Find Your Voice Public Speaking Course” twice.

Louise has been an active member with the church her entire life and loves to sing in the choir.  As Vice-Chairperson she is on the Parish Pastoral Council of the Diocese of S.S.M.  As a 10-year member of Development & Peace she has attended several planned events and is commentator for various committees: CWL, D&P, World Day of Prayer and 1st Saturday Devotions.  Louise advocates and supports the North Bay Right to Life in all their fundraising events.

“Call on the angels, honour them often, and ask their help in all your affairs, temporal as well as spiritual.”  - St. Francis de Sales.

 

Corresponding Secretary

Corresponding Secretary (may be appointed) shall attend to correspondence as required.


diane Carmichael

Diane is 57 years old and works with her husband, Brian Kelly, in the family business, Kelly’s Pumps, doing the office administrative work.  They have been married 26 years. They have 3 adult children, Paul, 32 years old, (from Brian’s first marriage) Shannon, 25 years old and Nicholas, 23 years old. While living with Diane and Brian for 6 months, Paul and his Father built his house.  Now Paul and his fiancé, Leslie, have moved into their new house. They are planning to be married next October 2020.  Their daughter, Shannon, is in Australia and New Zealand before she heads back to college.  She has gone to work at a turtle conservation, pick up plastics from the ocean beaches, plant trees and hike in New Zealand.  Their son, Nicholas, works for them as Brian’s assistant.  He is planning on becoming a police officer with the province and is currently OPP Auxiliary.

Diane has been attending the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption in North Bay for 30 years now.  She and Brian were married in the parish and their kids went through their first 4 sacraments at the Pro-Cathedral. Nicholas’ girlfriend just went through the RCIA.  She asked Diane to be her sponsor.  Diane enjoyed working on the team so much that she joined the RCIA team.  She has been part of the parish CWL for 24 years now.  She has served on the executive as Recording Secretary, Organization/Membership and President.  Diane also a co-chaired a Christmas bazaar.  Diane was part the Diocesan Executive last term, but had to retire from Recording Secretary as 2018 was a very difficult year for her.

Diane really missed working with the women on the Diocesan Executive.   She wanted to contribute again somehow but can’t take on too much extra work as she still has family issues to deal with.  Corresponding Secretary and the RCIA are fitting great into her life!  She can contribute in a small way and stay connected.  That connection with other CWL sisters is like a lifeline!!  As Corresponding Secretary she empathizes with other members, and knows that feeling when fellow CWL sisters have your back and are praying for you can’t be beat.  We all belong together, for God and Canada.

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))

Elizabeth 'Betsy' Currier

Betsy joined the League with her mother’s encouragement in 1993 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 and in 2012 was awarded the Maple Leaf Service pin. In 2011, she was appointed to the diocesan council and has served terms as recording secretary, first vice president/Sault Ste. Marie regional chairperson and president-elect/chairperson of organization, president and now past president/historian.

Betsy chaired 2 energizing and spiritual annual diocesan conventions - the 98rd held in Sudbury in 2018 and the 99th in Sault Ste. Marie in 2019. She has presented workshops on the Objects of the League, Health Care Ethics (Informed Consent, Substitute Decision Making, Privacy, Catch the Fire! and an introduction to the “S’Mores” program – a “discernment” workshop.

In her term as diocesan president she was blessed with a “dream team” executive which, along with our members accomplished much.  She participated in a tremendously successful diocesan wide food drive along with many other projects which addressed the provincial theme of homelessness. She was honoured to present a CWL Life Membership award, 2 Bellelle Guerrin awards and to be a member of the group which presented an Ontario provincial Social Justice Award. Along with 2 other members she presented an educational session to Most Reverend Bishop Damphousse and the spiritual advisors of our diocese

On a more personal note, Betsy’s legal birth name is Elizabeth, but she was always called by her nickname “Betsy” since she was a toddler. Also of note, she maintains her maiden name but her married name is “Larocque”.

She is a retired registered nurse and was blessed with a wonderful career at the bedside, in teaching and in management. She and husband Steve Larocque have a blended family of three adult children (two boys and one girl), nine beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from eleven to thirty-four and two great-grandchildren.

She loves nature and camping in the RV all summer at the lake, and travelling for a few weeks in the winter months. She is also an avid reader and motorcyclist.

Spiritual Development

PATRICIA CLIZIA

Patricia and Paolo (high school sweethearts) have been married for 33 years and 'grew up' with their daughters - Andrea (30 yrs) and Natalie (28 yrs) in Sudbury. Their family increased in size in 2018 as they welcomed a son-in law Tim,  and their first grandchild - Carter- in 2019.  They enjoy traveling to Edmonton-Alberta and Dublin-Ireland visiting with their girls in the cities they now call home.

Patricia has been a member of the League for 13 years at Our Lady of Hope. She joined the League on invitation from a friend and was elected Recording Secretary soon after. She then served as Communications Chairperson, Organization Chairperson, President and Past President. She values the relationships she enjoys with fellow sisters in the League.  She is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and considers the call to service a blessing in her life.

She convened the 92nd annual Diocesan Convention  and led publicity for the 95th annual Diocesan Convention. She  has  served as Sudbury Regional Chairperson and Communications Chairperson on Diocesan Council. She developed and co-delivered a social media presentation to members in all regions. She is  actively involved in community and parish life and is enjoying a fulfilling career that has spanned more than 30 years.

 


 

Christian Family Life

Christian Family Life Committee is tasked with the oversight of:

  1. marriage and family
  2. sanctity of life
  3. ministry to:
    1. youth
    2. disabled
    3. seniors
    4. widowed
    5. separated
    6. divorced
  4. vocations

Lorraine Greasley

Communications

The Communications Standing Committee is responsible for authoring material related to:

  1. The Canadian League magazine
  2. Media:
    1. for evangelization
    2. to promote the League
    3. evaluation and promotion of good content
    4. newsletters and bulletins
  3. Media Relations
  4. Anti-Pornography

Kelly langevin

Kelly has been a parishioner of St. Alexander's Parish in Chelmsford  for almost 50 years.  She joined the CWL in 1997 taking  a position on the council's executive in 2005.  She has held many positions over the  years, Community Life, Christian Family Life, Organization, Secretary, Treasurer, President for two terms and Past President and Historian.

In the parish, Kelly is  part of the Liturgy Committee and a Sacristan.  She helps with funeral luncheons, and Fellowship after Sunday Masses. Her parish holds a weekly Bingo, where she has been the Caller for the past few years.  In 2008, she and her husband Pete took over convening the Annual Spaghetti Dinner, her council's longest running fundraiser.

Kelly has been married 36 years, has two grown children, and two beautiful grandchildren.  She has worked as a bookkeeper for her brother's business for 29 years, and  retired at the end of September 2019.  She and her husband love spending time with family and friends, at their family cottage on Manitoulin Island and  traveling.

Resolutions

The Resolutions Standing Committee is tasked with:

  1. research and preparation of resolutions and briefs
  2. study and implementation of resolutions adopted by other levels
  3. at provincial and national levels, presentation of resolutions to government

Geraldine Chateau

Gerri has been a member of the Catholic Women's League of Canada since 1974. Originally she joined Blessed Sacrament Council in Sault Ste Marie. While there she served as Christian Family Life Convenor for a couple of terms. After the closure of Blessed Sacrament Parish she transferred her membership to Precious Blood Council. She served two terms as Recording Secretary, a term as President and is currently completing her term as Past President. She served for two years as Recording Secretary on the Sault Ste Marie Regional Council.

Gerri has been married to her husband Denis for 52 years. They have two sons and five wonderful grandchildren. They enjoy golfing and travelling. Gerri likes to quilt, sew, crochet and do swedish weaving, which she teaches at the Seniors Centre. She says her most gratifying pastime is volunteering at the Algoma District Cancer Clinic.

 

Legislation

The Legislation Standing Committee is tasked with:

  1. monitoring and studying legislation at all levels of government
  2. preparation of briefs and position papers on proposed legislation

Deborah Hickey

Deborah Hickey lives with her husband in their home in Corbeil.  She is an active member of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish in Callander and her CWL Parish Council.  She first joined the CWL at St. Augustine Parish in South River, Ontario before moving to Corbeil.  Deborah has now been a member of the CWL for 25 years.

Since joining the Council at St. Alphonsus, Deborah has served as Community Life Chairperson, Resolutions and Legislation Chairperson as well as a three-year term as President.  Deborah served as the Convention Coordinator for the 2017 SSM Diocesan Convention hosted in North Bay.    Currently Deborah is the Communications Chairperson for her home Council, the North Bay Regional Chairperson, as well as, the Diocesan Legislation Chairperson.

Since retiring from her full-time career, Deborah considers herself truly blessed.  She enjoys the time she spends in her studio designing and creating stained glass, in addition to her work with her fellow sister’s in the CWL at both the Parish Council level and SSM Diocesan Council.  Deborah is also an active member in the Christ Life program in North Bay which is a series which helps other to come to a personal relationship with Jesus.  And of course, the joy of Deborah’s life is the time she spends with her five grandchildren, four children and daughters and son-in-law and walking through the bush with her two “fur babies”.

Regional Chairpersons

For more information about the Regional Chairpersons, please visit the Regional Councils & Committees page.

Education and Health

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

Colleen Murphy

Colleen was born in a small village in Saskatchewan, attended university in Saskatoon, worked and met her husband, Bill, in Calgary, and moved to Sault Ste. Marie with their first daughter in 1987.

She attends St. Gerard Majella parish in Sault Ste. Marie. She was invited to join the CWL in 1988. She attended her first CWL meeting as Christian Family Chairperson. She has held positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Tea Convenor, President and Past President. She also chaired the 2016 Diocesan Convention. She currently sings and plays guitar for the 11am Sunday Mass, and helped on the Baptism and Marriage Preparation teams in the past.

She and Bill have 4 daughters now. Megan is married, lives in the Sault, and has 2 daughters. Rita is married and living in Thunder Bay, Erin is a School Counsellor on the West Coast and Bridget is finishing university in Kingston. Girls rule – at least in this Murphy family!

Colleen worked as an IT Analyst for the City of Sault Ste. Marie, but happily retired in June, 2019. She leads a Lunch team at St. Vincent Place, loves singing in the Algoma Festival Choir, and in her spare time golfs, hikes, bikes, snowshoes, paddles, and loves to travel!

She values the League as a pro-active and spiritual community of Catholic women.

 

Community Life

The Community Life Standing Committee is responsible for:

  1. dignity and rights of persons
  2. social and economic justice
  3. refugees, immigration and citizenship
  4. Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP)
  5. developing countries

Debbie mattiazzi

Debbie and her husband Domenic have been married for 38 years. Together they have raised four children. Jason who lives in West Hartford Connecticut, Carolyn who lives in Georgian Bluffs, David and Martin who live in Sudbury. They are blessed with seven wonderful grandchildren. Debbie has been a member of the League for 27 years having served on the Executive at St. Patrick’s Parish as President as well as Our Lady of Hope. She is actively involved in parish ministry, served as a member of Parish Council for six years, Eucharistic ministry and currently headed up a committee for visiting shut ins. Debbie enjoys reaching out to those in need, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen and supporting organizations helping the less fortunate in our community. Debbie has been retired for four years allowing her more time to support the League and our Sisters.