Executive Profile

Pauline Krupa

Pauline was born in Fort William, ON, now Thunder Bay.  Following her high school education and a short stint at working in a bank, she entered Lakehead Teacher’s College.  She began her career in a number of communities around Northwestern Ontario including years teaching in Northern First Nations Communities.  Settling back home in 1974 she began her teaching career with the Thunder Bay District Catholic School Board.  She retired in 2010 ending her career as a special education teacher.  For fun she putters around the house working in her garden and loves basket weaving.  She is the member of an RCIA team, helping with instruction and formation.  Her son Daniel, daughter in law Shan and grandchildren Joelle and Wyatt are the joys of her life.Over the years Pauline has volunteered her time in many community, diocesan and parish groups.  Presently she is the secretary of the discipline committee for Soccer Northwest Ontario.  Pauline is a charter member of St. Peter’s CWL council.  As a member she has held a number of executive positions at parish and diocesan levels.  In 2012 Pauline was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the community, parish and most specifically with The Catholic Women’s League of Canada.  She has served on the provincial executive as spiritual development, resolutions, communications and organization chairperson.  Over these years, she organized a successful meet and greet reception in Queen’s Park (March 2011), facilitated the update of the provincial website, reviewed manuals and guides and introduced teleconferencing as a tool for league development. She is presently the provincial president.

Most Reverend Bishop Fred Colli
Spiritual Advisor

Bishop Fred Colli was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario and educated in the Catholic school system there.  He was ordained a priest in 1975 for the Diocese of St. Catharines.  He worked as a priest in the diocese in many different offices and positions, and in 1994 Pope Saint John Paul II named him as an auxiliary bishop of Ottawa.  He was ordained a bishop in Ottawa on February 22, 1995 and served there for four years.  On February 2, 1999 he was named bishop of the Diocese of Thunder Bay and was installed on March 25, 1999. Bishop Colli has served on many commissions for the Ontario bishops and for the national bishops office. Presently he is a member of the Committee for Relations with Groups and Associations for the CCCB and he is on the Education Commission for the Ontario Bishops.  He served as Provincial Spiritual Advisor for the Catholic Women’s League from 2001-2003 and from 2011- 2013.

Anne Madden

  Anne became a CWL member in 1981 through a gift membership. Her CWL journey has taken her across the country in her varied roles as a diocesan and provincial officer. She has held positions at the provincial level as legislation chair; 2nd vice-president, resolutions chair; 1st vice-president, spiritual development chairperson; and currently president-elect, organizations chair. Anne was a member of the national resolutions committee in 2013-15. She was awarded Life Membership in 2011.Anne has been married to Jim for 38 years; they have eleven children and twelve grandchildren. She was born in the United States moving to Canada when she married; becoming a Canadian Citizen in 2011.  Anne has been a Registered Nurse for 39 years, completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing on-line in 2013. Anne works full-time for the Kingston Health Sciences Centre at the Urgent Care Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital site, as a senior staff nurse and educator. 

Colleen Randall
1st Vice-President
Education and Health

Colleen was born and raised in the Ottawa area and still lives there with her family. Her children and grandchildren are the light of her life. Colleen has worked for Bell Canada in the Engineering Department for 40 years and has enjoyed every day. She is an active member of her parish. Colleen joined the Catholic Women’s League in 2003 when her pastor asked her to help re-establish the CWL in the parish. That first night she was elected president. She was Ottawa Diocesan President 2009 -2011. Colleen was elected to Ontario Provincial Council in July 2011 and has served as Legislation Chair (2011-2013), Communications Chair (2013-2015) and is currently the Education and Health Chair. Colleen was honoured to accept Life Membership in the League in 2016. Colleen enjoys social interaction and that has inspired both her career and her personal life. The Catholic Women’s League has provided her with the opportunity to meet many wonderful women of faith. The League has influenced her life both personally and spiritually. It is her passion, just ask her!

Linda Squarzolo
2nd Vice President

           Linda was born and raised in the Timmins area.  She became an elementary school teacher and moved to Sudbury.  She taught Grades 1 to 8 in several Catholic schools in the Sudbury area and retired after a career of 28 years.  She has been married to Tullio for over 45 years.  They have two sons (an educator and a fireman), a daughter (a doctor) and ten grandchildren.            Linda joined the League in 1975 at St. Paul the Apostle Council.  She served the council as president, president-elect, recording secretary and chaired the standing committees of resolutions, legislation and education.  She was awarded the Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2007.  She became a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan Council in 2002. While on the diocesan council, she held the positions of regional chair, recording secretary, and chaired the standing committees of organization, spiritual development, resolutions and legislation.  While serving on the diocesan council, she worked on four resolutions.  One was approved at a national convention.  She has developed and presented several leadership workshops across her diocese. Her mother, daughter, two sisters and mother-in-law are all current League members. At her present parish of Holy Redeemer, she is a lector and co-chairs the parish social justice committee. Linda is a seventeen-year survivor of breast cancer.  Her favourite pastimes are knitting, embroidery, travelling, enjoying her grandchildren and doing the work of the League.

Betty Colaneri
Past President

Betty was born in Dryden and was raised in Ignace, Thunder Bay and Niagara Falls. She married Nick 32 years ago and moved to a vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake where they raised their two sons, Nicholas 29, Christopher 25. Her nephew Rico is a priest serving a pastor in the St. Catharines diocese.  Betty was Diocesan President for St. Catharines from 2001 to 2003. She has served on the provincial executive since 2003 as Newsletter Editor, chairperson for Communications, Christian family life and Spiritual Development and Organization.  She has also served as a sub-committee member for the National Council under Christian Family Life, Education and Health and Community Life. Betty received her 25 year and Maple Leaf Service pins and received her Life Membership in 2005. She is presently the Chairperson for the 100th Anniversary Committee for the National Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Over the years Betty has volunteered for many organizations. She is a cantor, Minister of the Word and on the Pastoral Council at her parish. The Colaneri family owns their own winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Betty is the marketing manager and creative consultant. Being a CWL member has truly been a spiritually enriching and rewarding experience for the past 30 years. She feels that the best part of being in the League is having sisters all across Canada that walk with you on your spiritual journey, pray with you, guide you and are there for you in times of struggle or heartache to help you carry your cross. The League has been the blessing in her life that has given her wings.

Annette Kelly
Recording Secretary

Annette grew up in Terrace Bay, a small Northwestern Ontario town; she completed a Commercial Course in Thunder Bay before moving to Timmins in 1968.  There she met and married her husband, Phil and there they raised their 5 daughters.  A stay-at-home mom, she volunteered as a La Leche League breastfeeding coach, Lamaze Childbirth instructor, and Serena Natural Family Planning teacher before joining CWL in 1989.  She became involved in Campaign Life Coalition and served as President, and in the Neighbourhood Playground Fundraising Committee.  In her parish, she serves as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and the CWL Funeral Luncheon Team coordinator; she has chaired the Financial Committee and sang in the choir for many years. As a CWL member she has served in almost all positions at parish, and diocesan level as well as a term as Provincial Christian Family Life Chair.  She continues to work in her Parish CWL as a mentor and in the Communications and Spiritual Development sub-committees and as coordinator for various CWL projects.  She has recycled back into the Timmins Diocesan CWL and presently serves as the Diocesan Treasurer and a member of the ‘Catch the Fire’ team.Annette’s mom, Lillian Belliveau (Life Member -Thunder Bay Diocese), was a great mentor to her as they shared about CWL on many occasions.  3 of her sisters are actively involved in their council’s CWLs.  Over the years, CWL has challenged her to do things she did not think she was capable of, and has provided many learning experiences.  In 2014, Annette received her Life Membership and was able to attend National Convention in New Brunswick and the new Life Members ceremony.Serving once again at the provincial table, this time as Recording Secretary is both a privilege and a challenge, which she will do her best to carry out as part of this wonderful team of CWL women from across Ontario.

Patricia Rivest

Pat was raised on a farm a few miles outside of Leamington.  She is the eldest of 4–1 brother and 2 sisters.  Pat worked on the family farm and then worked for neighbouring farmers.  Actually, she met her husband, Vic, in the potato field.  They have been married for 43 years with 2 wonderful sons – Christopher who lives in Sudbury and Ryan and his wife, Jolanta who live in Winnipeg along with 2 adorable grandchildren – Sophie and Nathan. Pat became a member of the League 40 years ago.  She was a non-active paying member for quite a few years and attended only a few meetings.  She became very active after listening to Life Member–Lillian Mousseau from Belle River.  She was a marvellous mentor to many in the Diocese of London. Pat served as president of St. Michael’s Council in Leamington twice.  She held the positions of Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect/Organization, President and Past President.  She was Secretary/Treasurer for Essex Region for 2 terms and became Regional Chairperson in 1984. In 1986, Pat was appointed as Diocesan Treasurer and was elected to the position of Treasurer for a second term.  She has been elected to the positions of Corresponding Secretary, 2nd Vice-President/Communications, 1st Vice-President/Spiritual Development, President-Elect/Organization, Diocesan President and Past President/Historian. On the provincial level, Pat held the positions of Spiritual Development Chair, Recording Secretary and now Treasurer. Pat was Registration Chairperson for 1 National Convention and 2 Provincial Conventions.  She prepared and presented and Organization workshop, Archive workshop, manual of policy and procedure workshop and a workshop for Regional Chairpersons.  She has also prepared and presented a retreat entitled, “A Walk Together with Mary.  Pat participated in the programmes of Field Worker, Project Grow and Catch the Fire.  Pat and the League have been having a love affair all these many years.  As a chosen catholic, she has found this call to service very fulfilling and very rewarding.  Pat received her Life Membership in the League in 2013. Over the years, Pat has been involved in various community activities – Girl Guides, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Hearts Together for Haiti. Parish activities involve COR–Youth and Adult, Faith and Sharing Groups, member of Parish Advisory Board and a Eucharistic Minister. Pat retired 7 years ago after 21 years as bookkeeper/clerk for municipal government.  She was employed by the Public School System and the Catholic School System in the area.  Pat has also worked for 4 lawyers as well as in the customs department of a manufacturing company. The Catholic Women’s League has become a way of life.  She looks forward to her term as Provincial Treasurer with joy and anticipation.  Pat will rely on those who came before her, those who she walks the journey with now, and those who, she prays, will learn and know the joy, love and sisterhood that the League has to offer.

Jeannie Coleman
Administrative Assistant

Jeannie was born in Parry Sound, Ontario on the beautiful Georgian Bay and although she now resides in Maxville she has lived in many cities and towns in Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.  Jeannie is married to Ivan, and they are celebrating 42 years of marriage this year.  They have three sons, Peter, Scott and Christopher, two wonderful daughter-in-laws, Angela and Sara and two precious grandsons, Emery and Hudson.  Jeannie worked in the Ministry of Health for many years before deciding to stay at home with their three sons.  For almost 20 years she and her family were the primary caregivers for her mom who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease.  Today, Jeannie and Ivan are enjoying retirement.  When Jeannie is not busy with her work with the Catholic Women’s League at the Parish and Provincial level, she is very involved with her Parish of St. James in Maxville.  She is President of the Parish Council which encompasses two other parishes, Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan and she is on the Parish Leadership team as Community and Solidarity Chair. Jeannie first joined the League in 1983 while living in Manitoba but only held a chair in 1992 after joining the parish of St. James in Maxville in the Alexandria/Cornwall Diocese.  Throughout the years Jeannie has served at the Parish, Diocesan and sat at the Provincial table as Diocesan President and now as Administrative Assistant.  Being involved with the Catholic Women’s League at every level has been very rewarding and enriching both spiritually and personally.  Working for” God and Canada” allows her more time to make more friends, laugh more and enables her to live her life as a Catholic Woman should.  Jeannie is honoured to serve another term as Administrative Assistant.

Rosanne Sogan
Christian Family Life Chair
Christian Family Life

Rosanne was born and raised in Hamilton with all of her sacraments celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church.  She married her high school sweetheart Bruce 40 years ago and has two children Nicole, who is married to Ryan, and their son Tim.  Rosanne is the blessed and proud grandmother of 5 year old Kinley Rose and Kinley will be a big sister in January!  Grandma is VERY excited.

Rosanne was a medical secretary for 37 years; 3 years ago became a secretary for the Hamilton District Wentworth Catholic School Board; is a loyal and dedicated member of St. Luke’s Parish for 37 years, 32 of them as a member of the League holding positions at the parish level of:  communications, legislation and resolutions, secretary, first vice president, president (twice) and historian.  As well has been Eucharistic minister, Minister of the Word, founding member of the parish council serving as education liaison and chairperson, is on the decorating committee, alternate money counter and works on many other projects. While on the diocesan council she held positions of:   communications, Christian family life, spiritual development, resolutions, organization, recording secretary, president and past-presidency/historian role.  In addition she has worked on numerous projects and workshops and has just completed her second term as a subcommittee chair for communications concentrating on the Pornography Hurts Campaign with the national council and at the provincial level she has been resolutions standing committee chair and is currently standing committee chair of Christian Family Life.

Wilma Vanderzwaag
Community Life Chair
Community Life

Wilma was born and raised in St. Catharines.   She has been married to Robert for 27 years.  They have a daughter who graduated from Cambrian College and is an ECE worker and a son who is currently working for Apple.  Wilma joined the League in 1987.  She served the parish council as Health & Education, Communications, President-Elect/Organization and President.  She was awarded the Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2011.  She became a member of the Diocesan Council in 2002.  While on the Diocesan Council she chaired the standing committees of Spiritual Development, Health & Education, Resolutions, Organization/President-Elect  and became President in 2012.  She has developed and presented several leadership workshops for the Diocese.  Wilma was the co-leader for training and presenting Catch the Fire.  A lifelong parishioner of Star of the Sea, she serves currently in the ministry of hospitality.  She has completed the Diploma in Ministry program from St. Francis Xavier University. Wilma is an avid 5 pin bowler and has represented Ontario on 3 separate occasions at the Canadian Championships.  She was inducted into the Niagara 5 Pin Bowlers’s Association Hall of Fame in 2013.  At the present time she works part time at the Meridian Credit Union.  Her favourite past times are reading, travelling and spending time with her extended family.

Colleen Martin
Spiritual Development

Colleen Martin grew up part of a large family, in a small town in northern Ontario; Atikokan.  She attended Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce with honours in Accounting, then returned to the north to Thunder Bay where she had met her best friend Bruce.  She and Bruce married in 1987 and have two children, Tamara and Jarred, and a beautiful grandson Noah. Colleen has been active in the church her whole life.  She joined the League in 1992 and has held various positions at the parish, diocesan and provincial level.  Colleen’s career has led her through a journey with First Nations for nearly 25 years and her passion is to bring understanding of, and compassion for, the challenges faced by First Nation peoples through awareness of history and Indian legislation.  In living her life, Colleen hopes to bring people closer to God and God closer to the people so she is especially excited to have been gifted with the care of the Spiritual Development standing committee for this term.

Carol Richer
Legislation Chair

Carol has been a member of the League for 48 years, during which time she has held all executive positions at the parish level, at least once, and was presented with the Maple Leaf Service Pin by St. Mary's/St. Cecilia's Parish Council in 2006. She has served the Kingston Diocesan Council as Recording Secretary, First Vice President/Organization Chairperson, President and Past President/Historian and has completed two terms on the Ontario Provincial Council, 2011-13 as Recording Secretary, and 2013-15 as Chairperson of the Education and Health Standing Committee. She has been re-elected to Provincial Council, and will serve as Chairperson of the Legislation Standing Committee for the 2015-17 term. Carol was honoured to be awarded Life Membership in the League in 2013.  She has prepared and presented several presentations during membership drives. During her term as diocesan Organization Chairperson Carol developed 'A Checklist for Completing Annual Reports' which was shared with other diocesan and provincial councils.  As diocesan Past President, she prepared and presented a development day workshop 'Past Presidents 101'. As provincial Education and Health Chairperson, Carol and her committee developed a new Education Pamphlet which was distributed throughout the province. The focus of the Education and Health Standing Committee on promoting Resolution ON.13.01Reduce the Stigma Attached to Mental Illness led to Carol writing 'A Prayer For Those Living With Mental Illness' which can be found on the OPC website. Carol has also served as a facilitator for 'Catch The Fire'.Carol and Murray have been married for 55 years, are the proud parents of two, and grandparents to three. Her daughter, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters are all CWL members. In her home  parish Carol serves as a Reader, Communion Minister, Choir member, and was active on the Parish Council for several years.  For the past 17 years she has been involved with the South Dundas Christmas Exchange, the last 8 years as Chairperson, providing Christmas hampers to over 200 needy families each year. Carol was an elementary school teacher, before embarking on her second career as a Real Estate office manager and salesperson.  She is now retired.Her attendance at many diocesan, provincial and national conventions has provided the opportunity to meet many wonderful women across the country, and to develop many special friendships.  The League is truly a gift she treasures!

Anna Tremblay
Communications Chair

Anna and her husband, John, were married in 1971 and have raised three adopted children, now in their late thirties/early forties.  She was a medical secretary before leaving the work force to raise her family.  After the children were in school, she became Parish Secretary, a position she held for 20 years until her retirement in 2006.  Both Anna and John are now retired and their best days are spent visiting their 6 year old granddaughter, Hayleigh, in London ON.  They are both true northerners and look forward to spending summers at their log cabin on Lake Talon, just outside North Bay ON, where they have lived since 1980.  Her love of scripture led her to become a Lector in 1983 and since then she has developed and facilitated Lector Workshops, annual Days of Reflection for the CWL and earned a Diploma in Theological Studies from Newman Theological College in 2009.  A member since 1967, she didn’t become active until 1981 when she was invited to become Communications Chairperson in her home parish of St Peter the Apostle, from whom she received her Maple Leaf Service Pin.  She served in several positions on the Sault Ste Marie Diocesan Council and thoroughly enjoyed ‘birthing’ Catch the Fire! In her diocese before assuming the role of Diocesan President.  When not busy fulfilling her League duties, Anna likes to knit, make chocolates and spend time at the cottage.  She was thrilled to be elected to the Ontario Provincial Council and is very much looking forward to serving God and Canada as Communications Standing Committee Chairperson.

Emma Rose Rayburn
Alexandria-Cornwall Diocesan President

I was raised in the small village of Monkland, with my six older brothers! The small community along with my parents influence was the perfect background to instill my love for being involved in all things community oriented.I’ve been a parishioner of St. Anthony’s/St. Michael’s all my life as I’ve made all my sacraments there; obviously in no rush to make my remaining sacrament!  In September of 1992 Kevin and I were married at my home parish, now our home parish which we have been and continue to be involved in many ministries.  Our daily lives are busy as self-employed entrepreneurs.  I enjoy many hobbies and have turned scrapbooking and cardmaking into my little business called Auntie Em’s Scrapbooking.The Catholic Women’s League has been my blessing in disguise.  Upon joining the League I was quite content at attending meetings here and there and I even said yes to being our council’s organization chair as I had no idea what it was all about.  My first convention was the game changer!  Oh the things I’ve learned! The  more I learn the deeper I fall in love with the League, our works and the many blessings we receive. Plus now I have more sisters then I could have ever dreamed of! 

Joan Schurter
Hamilton Diocesan President

Joan was born and raised on a dairy farm close to the small village of Chepstow, near Walkerton, with her four brothers. She remembers her Mom always helping with funerals, bazaars, bake sales etc. as a League member for over fifty years.  She never considered joining, while at home working on the farm. After graduating from Stratford Teacher’s College, Joan taught in Chepstow for one year;39 grade one students.  She married her husband Mike in 1969.  They moved to Kitchener, where she taught in Bridgeport, until the arrival of their family.  Joan then became a stay-at-home Mom, until their youngest daughter started school. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and three granddaughters. Sadly, their youngest daughter passed away three years ago at the age of 37, after fighting brain tumors for four years. The wonderful support of Joan’s sisters in the League helped her and continues to help her through this difficult journey.Joan has been a member of St. Anthony Daniel Parish, in Kitchener, almost since its’ beginning. In her first year of joining the League she was asked if she would be their recording secretary. She moved on to treasurer and then president. As Joan became more active in the League, she became Kitchener Regional Secretary and then regional chairperson, where she continued to realize the support and fellowship of the sisters in the League. While serving on Hamilton Diocesan Council, she was education and health chair and then was encouraged to let her name stand as president-elect. In addition to the League, Joan is very involved with their church, serving in several ministries .  Retiring from supply teaching and special education allowed her to do more volunteering and become more involved with the League. She also enjoys spending time with their granddaughters. Joan greatly enjoys her work with the League and looks forward to her two years as diocesan president.

Hazel Barbour
Hearst Diocesan President

Hazel was born and raised in Cochrane, Ontario, and was the fifth of six children. After graduating from teacher’s college, she taught at St. Patrick School in Kapuskasing. She married Peter in 1966 and lived in West Germany for three years while Peter taught Canadian students at Baden Solingen. Their two marvelous grown sons brought into the family two wonderful daughters-in-law and four awesome grandchildren.   Hazel was a stay at home mom until the boys entered high school, then she refocused, studied business administration and took a job with the local community college coordinating the Independent Learning and Distance Education programs.   Both Hazel and Peter became Lay Leaders in their parish of St. Patrick Church and have been very active in their parish for the past 25 years.  Hazel also became an animator for the biblical study course, Mess’AJE,   which originated in Lille France.  Over the past two years, she assisted in the live delivery of the four threshold program via internet, where students were situated in the U.S.A. Quebec and Ontario – both northern and southern parts of the province.After joining the League in 2001, Hazel has been active in the local council executive since 2003, having been President twice.  She was Spiritual Development Chair at the Diocesan Level. This is her first year as Diocesan President.The most rewarding part of the league for Hazel is the aspect of journeying in her faith with sisters of like mind and like heart. 

Margie Royle
Kingston Diocesan President

Margie was born and raised in a very large and busy family in Marmora. Her teaching career began with her first year in Marmora, followed by a year in Toronto before moving to Belleville. Belleville became home as it was there that she met her husband John. They were married in 1973 and raised a family of two sons and two daughters. Margie continued her studies while teaching and raising her family, obtaining her degree from Queen’s University in 1988. She retired in 2006 after 38 years of full and part time teaching, mostly in the classroom or in Special Education, and her later years as vice principal and principal. Margie joined The Catholic Women’s League in 1980 in her home parish of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and served her first term as president shortly thereafter. She was president again just recently in 2011 to 2013. Over the years, she has held executive positions of president elect and past president, and chaired standing committees of health and education, community life, and Christian family life. She is very active within her parish council, convening bazaars, communion breakfasts, and their 60th Anniversary Luncheon, organizing and presenting Crowning of Mary ceremonies in the parish elementary schools, presenting workshops, and preparing and presenting power point presentation for meetings. She is a lector in her parish and one of the team leaders for sacramental preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. She convened the annual Diocesan Convention in 2009, and worked on a subcommittee in the planning and hosting of the Provincial Convention held in Kingston in 2010. At the National Convention in Edmonton in August of 2012, Margie was trained as a facilitator for Catch the Fire! For the next two years she helped present many Catch the Fire! workshops throughout the diocese as well as a ‘train the trainer’ workshop in Ottawa. She served as chair of legislation on the diocesan executive. Retirement has been wonderful for Margie allowing time to do league work and, with her husband, travel, enjoy the cottage, and fully embrace the joy of grandparenting through their beloved and beautiful Kennedy, Jake, and Lillian!

Angela Pellerin
London Diocesan President

I was born and raised in England, coming to Canada when I was 14 years old, first to Saskatoon, then British Columbia before coming to Ontario.  I joined the church just prior to meeting my husband.I have been married to Tom for 39 years and we have two son and five grandchildren.   I retired on January 1, 2016 after a career working for London Life, in engineering and in the general insurance business and obtained my Chartered Insurance Professional designation.I joined the CWL at Holy Family Parish (formerly St. Pius X) when my husband volunteered me to drive a senior lady to meetings.   I have served in several positions over the years including president-elect, president and past-president, co-chair of Spiritual Development, Community Life Chair and two terms as Recording Secretary.  I served as Secretary then Chairman of the London Central Committee before being elected to Diocesan Council. On Diocesan I have served on the positions of Legislation, Resolutions, Christian Family Life, Community Life, Spiritual Development, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary along with serving as President-Elect and currently President. I have facilitated Elder Care Workshops and Catch the Fire! Workshops.In my parish I serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, an altar server for daily mass and funerals, belong to the Social Justice Committee and the Refugee Committee, the prayer shawl ministry and the Conversations That Matter group.Being a CWL member for 25 years has taught me many skills and helped me overcome my shyness. I know I have the support of many as I begin my journey on provincial council.

Joanna Sisk
Ottawa Diocesan President

Joanna was born in Ottawa, the eldest of two sisters and two brothers, but spent the first ten years of her life in Arnprior. Her Father worked at Civil Defence College there. She went to school in Ottawa and her family has been active in St. Ignatius the Martyr Parish since 1963.   Joanna’s grandmother, mother, aunts, sisters, sister in law and nieces have all had CWL membership. Her involvement in the CWL goes back to helping wash dishes at the church at a young age, after CWL catering events. She became a member 1973. Even though she lived in various places across Canada her membership had remained with her home council. In Joanna’s early years she was involved in Girl Guides, youth groups in the parish and she was a member of the Ignatians, the parish folk group (She could not sing but showed enthusiasm).She is very grateful to her family, the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary communities for the opportunities she has received over the years.After becoming a medical secretary she worked as payroll and accounts payable clerk.  She studied theology at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.   She returned to Ottawa University and received a Degree in Nursing Science (BScN).   Her profession as a nurse led her to Sault Ste Marie General Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Esterhazy Saskatchewan,  St. Patrick’s Home for the Elderly in Ottawa, outreach nursing to the unstably housed on the streets of Ottawa, White Eagle Nursing Home Toronto and St. Michaels’ Hospital in Toronto.In 2002 a virus destroyed both of her kidneys. I was blessed to have had a kidney transplant in 2003.Joanna has experience on parish pastoral councils, youth encounters, finance councils, fundraising committees and held numerous positions on the parish CWL council.  She is a proud bearer of the CWL Maple Leaf Pin and 40 year service pin. On diocesan council she has served as chairperson for Spiritual Development, Education and Health and Organization. She also served as lead facilitator for Catch the Fire in the Ottawa diocese. She enjoyed presenting workshops on CWL funerals, Discernment, and a Ritual Remembering our Aboriginal Sisters Missing/Murdered.On May 2, 2015 She accepted the position of the Ottawa Diocesan President trusting in Divine providence and the support of the wonderful women around her.May our Lady of Good Counsel guide each of us on this journey.

Pat Weller
Pembroke Diocesan President

Pat grew up in Eganville, a little town straddling the Bonnechere River. She graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Geography and worked until the birth of her second child. Since then she has kept busy with family, school and church activities. She is married to Larry and lives outside of Douglas. Pat and Larry have three children, Jenn, Dan, and Patrick. Patrick, the youngest, is entering university this year. Pat joined St. Michael’s council in Douglas in 1992 after a personal invitation to come to a meeting and see what the League was all about. She has served on the St. Michael’s executive since 1993 in a number of positions. Before becoming diocesan president, she served on Pembroke Diocesan council as chair of the Christian Family Life standing committee and Organization. She is active in her home parish of St. Michael’s in music ministry. Her pastimes include reading, sewing and a variety of crafts, bicycling, canoeing and camping. The CWL has been a place to make friends, to renew and grow in faith, to nurture the gifts given to her, and to give back in service to the parish and community.

Wendy Tedford
Peterborough Diocesan President

Wendy Tedford is the mother of two boys, 9 years apart, and now out on their own, expanding their minds and life skills. Her oldest son is married. Wendy is a mother-in-law of one, and a grandmother of two grandsons, 1 child born while she was attending a CWL Fall meeting in Huntsville 2013 and 1 child born on Mother’s Day 2016. If you do not see Wendy at work in special services for an airline, she is on a ball field umpiring or instructing. She volunteers in a senior’s facility with a travelling dental office, saying: “Open wide…wider”.  Wendy volunteers with several community groups as she tends to get involved where people are. On the rare chance she is at home, she will be working at one of the many projects that a house continually provides. Wendy became involved with the CWL after being approached in the parking lot after an evening Mass. She didn’t think she was getting into her car until she said yes to this “little job and we really need you”. It was dark and cold, she was tired and wanted to go home so she said: “When’s the next meeting and yes, I will be your secretary”. She said yes, knowing that she did not have time for another project but time was found and she did and still does enjoy it! It can be a once a month meeting or it can expand into the many avenues and highways that this powerful organization has to offer. It can be your choice to move into a position or in response to a little nudging but the CWL is good for the soul! Wendy felt it was a chance to meet new and interesting people, to check out resources, to tackle a hidden issue or a big public one and to join others and see where that could take you. She values the spiritual growth… GOOD for YOU and YOUR soul.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Currier
Sault Ste Marie Diocesan President

Betsy was born, raised and still lives in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Her legal birth name is Elizabeth, but she was 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.  Once her children were in school, full-time, she returned to Sault College and then went on to Laurentian University and graduated with 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 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Betsy joined the League with her mother’s encouragement in 1996  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 organization chair, president-elect and now president. Betsy co-chaired the 93rd Annual Sault Ste. Marie diocesan Convention, held in in 2013, has presented various workshops and served as a facilitator for “Catch the Fire!”. She enjoys volunteering at the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) loves nature, camping and travelling to a warmer climate for a few weeks in the winter months. She is also an avid reader and motorcyclist.

Shelley Tamas
St Catharines Diocesan President

After her marriage to John and the birth of her two children Helecia and John, thirty seven years ago, Shelley joined The Catholic Women’s League of Canada because as a Catholic woman she thought she ought to belong. The League has afforded her many opportunities to grow and develop both personally and spiritually. Shelley is currently a member of St. Andrew-the-Apostle Parish Council, Welland.  She served three terms as President for St. Therese Parish Council.  In all but the first and past year of membership, she has also served as either Corresponding and Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Spiritual Development and Resolutions Chairpersons. She also served as Welland Regional Chairperson and two terms as Secretary/Treasurer.  She served two terms as Recording Secretary and as Spiritual Development Chairperson before being elected President of Diocesan Council.  Shelley was awarded Life Membership in 2012 after serving as St. Catharines Diocesan President from 2007 - 2009.  She is also a facilitator for Catch the Fire. She currently serves as a Director and Secretary/Treasurer for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Shrine, Port Colborne and as a Community Volunteer for Hospice Niagara.  She is also a member of the Welland/Port Colborne Pro Life Association and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. She is the loving nanny to seven adorable grandsons and one granddaughter and, in her spare time, helps where she can. Shelley served as the secretary/bookkeeper for St. Therese of Lisieux Parish for over twenty-four years and is currently the receptionist for the St. Catharines Diocesan Catholic Centre. The League and those who belong have been a blessing in her life and she is definitely a better version of herself having been part of this great organization.

Alice Uvanile
Thunder Bay Diocesan President

 Alice Uvanile and was born and raised in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) Ontario. She graduated high school at 46 years and worked as a support personal in both home care, home for the Aged and with mentally and physically challenged children and for three years as teacher’s assistant and retired in 2006 after working for 36 years.Alice has been married to Robert for 45 years and they have two sons, Russell, daughter-in-law Karen and Christopher and three grandchildren.Alice joined the League in 1963 as a member of St. Agnes council and held the positions of secretary, Health and Education, Christian Family Life and President and was awarded the Maple Leaf Pin in 2003. She has served on the Diocesan Council twice. Once in the 1990’s and at present is the Diocesan President. She has held the chairs of Education and Health, Christian Family Life, Spiritual Development and Organization/Pres. Elect. She has helped present workshops across the Diocese and travelled with the past president for meetings with councils in the Diocese. Alice sings in the church choir, cantors, has served on the parish council, and assisted with Children’s initiation to the Catholic Faith.Alice has served as a lieutenant in the Navy Wrenette core at H.M.C.S. Griffin, Thunder Bay, assistant Scout Master, and involved with Girl Guides. She was a volunteer for the cancer society, arthritis society, and did the walk for hospice. She also sings in the Lakehead Choral Group. Her pastimes include creative writing for children and youth, gardening, walking, enjoying the grandkids, and going for long car rides with hubby, Robert. Alice greatly enjoys her work in the League and looks forward to her two years as Diocesan President.      

Audrey Shelton
Timmins Diocesan President

Audrey was born and raised in the Woodstock area. She and Russell were married in 1981. After four years of living in Saskatchewan they moved back to the Woodstock area where they dairy farmed until 2000. They have two girls (an educator and a librarian) and a son who works in the agricultural field.In 2000, they moved to New Liskeard where they have a woodworking shop and make canoe paddles and yokes.Audrey has worked as a Personal Support Worker for 10 years and is now concentrating on their business and her volunteer “jobs”.Audrey’s mother enrolled her in the CWL when she was 16. She has served her parish councils as Spiritual Development, Communications and Organization Chairs. She has also been secretary and Parish Council President three terms. At the diocesan level she has chaired the standing committees of Christian Family Life and Organization.  Audrey was awarded the Maple Leaf pin in 2015.Audrey is also very involved in Girl Guides of Canada and has been a Guide leader for 20 years. She enjoys teaching the girls new skills and says they keep her young.Audrey loves to garden, canoe, bird watch, and play with her three grandchildren.  She works towards making the world a better place through her involvement in Girl Guides and the Catholic Women’s League.

Shirley Christo
Toronto Archdiocesan President

Shirley joined St John Fisher (SJF) CWL in Brampton in the fall of 1991.   After taking the Leadership course, she became president-elect, bazaar convener and then council president (1997- 2001).  During this time she submitted her 1999 resolution for Intergenerational Programming fueling her advocacy for the sanctity and dignity of life and her passion for social justice.  She has since assisted with the formation and submission of position statements and many resolutions.  Shirley assisted the archdiocesan resolution committee and was resolution committee chair for SJF CWL (2003 – 2005).As Peel regional chair (2001-2003) she was highly involved with planning & execution of World Youth Days 2002 both as a parish family host and as a health services volunteer.  Service on the Toronto Diocesan CWL executive has included Resolutions - 2005 – 2007; Christian Family Life - 2007 – 2009; Spiritual Development - 2009 – 2011; Education & Health - 2011 – 2013; President-Elect/Organization - 2013 – 2015 and Toronto Diocesan President 2015 – 2017.  Shirley has passionately engaged every position and assisted with leadership courses and, training and development days.  She was part of the organizing committees for the 2009 Provincial Convention and a highlight of her CWL service was being part of the spiritual development sub-committee for the 2011 National CWL Convention.  In addition, she has done many presentations for councils as requested. Shirley and Gary are happily married since 1973 and are proud parents to four adult children and two son-in-laws.. Together they have a large extended family and enjoy visiting and sharing adventures with their two grandchildren and soon to be thirty grand nieces and nephews.Shirley graduated in nursing from the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and later obtained a Masters in Health Sciences, a Masters in Education and started her PhD in Nursing in 2001 but withdrew for compassionate care in 2005.  Her professional experience has been across the lifespan in hospital and community nursing. After thirty years, Shirley recently retired from her nurse educator position at Ryerson University.   As a trained Parish Nurse, she continues to have a professional development passion for reclaiming spiritual care as an essential component for wholistic health.  She is currently a member of several professionally related organizations and a past chair of her Parish Nurse Interest Group.