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.



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 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.

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


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


Corresponding Secretary

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

diane Carmichael


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



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


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, a beautiful granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.  She has worked as a bookkeeper for her brother's business for 29 years, and will retire at the end of September 2019.  She and her husband love spending time with family and friends, their family cottage on Manitoulin Island and  traveling.


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




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

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

Jo-Anne Arbour


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