CWLF Newsletter Volume #1, Issue #1


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Bulletin! We are proud to present this new communication format that is bound to ignite further push for women’s leadership. We bring to you the latest news from CWLF, reflect on important milestones, and welcome any opportunity for your future input and feedback as well. In 2019, strides were made to augment and fortify the Catholic women’s genius. Together, we celebrate these successes and welcome more to follow. We believe in a just, merciful, and compassionate world nurtured by the genius of women. Read on to learn more about the foundation, our leadership program, and all that inspires Catholic women to be transformational and influential leaders.

In This Issue

Page 2: Welcome to our new Chair!
Page 3: Call for Candidates: 2020 Leadership Program now accepting applications!
Page 4-7: Inspirational Stories from 2018 and 2019 Leadership Program

Call for Candidates for 2020 Cohort

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 cohort of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation (CWLF) Leadership Program, to commence in May 2020 at the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, in Ottawa.

The program is open to all Canadian Catholic women, from all walks of life, who have a genuine interest in making a difference in their communities and places of work.

A candidate must be a Catholic woman, at least 21 years of age, demonstrate oral and written English language competencies, have a genuine desire to cultivate her gifts of leadership, and have made a previous contribution to her community in some capacity.

The Program is a thirteen-month Certificate program with an ongoing mentorship once the course work is completed. Throughout the Program, participants will be guided by professional facilitators from Saint Paul University. The Program is specifically designed to integrate faith and life, personal and professional leadership development. Spirituality and a Catholic faith perspective are the foundation of all activities; prayer and reflective practice are core elements integrated throughout the Program.

The Program will have an introductory get-to-know-you online module; an initial, five-day, face-to-face residency component in Ottawa; a 10-month online component, consisting of videos, readings, personal reflections, and discussion forums; and a final, four-day, face-to-face residency component in Ottawa. Details of the content of the different components can be found at

If you are or know of a Catholic woman who wishes to be a transformational and influential leader, we invite you to complete the application, which can be found at


Check out CWLF Member at Large, Arienne Castellon’s Blog

Adrienne Castellon holds a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University. Over the past twenty-five years she has been a secondary teacher, elementary principal, education consultant and university instructor. Dr. Castellon teaches at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia where she is the Stream Director for the Master of Educational Leadership. She is involved in the K-12 system through various projects and professional development consulting.

The intention behind this blog is threefold:

  • to help me be a more reflective practitioner,
  • keep in contact with students and colleagues and
  • contribute to a wider Community of Practice in Educational Leadership.



Our deepest appreciation to all volunteer solicitors who gave so generously of their time and talent to help reach a lasting endowment fund of $1 500 000 to support a high-quality leadership program for Catholic women across Canada.

The following individuals make up our Steering Committee, Honorary Committee, Cabinets Members, and Provincial sub-committees to who we are truly thankful.

Tillie Aessie Ann Doucet Dr. Moira McQueen
Alicia Ambrosio Barbara Dowding Cecile Miller
Faith Anderson Neysa Finnie Lorette Noble
Carmen Arnold Betsy Fletcher Late Jean-Robert Nolet
Pat Battensby Doreen Gowans Marlene Pavletic
Celine Berlinguette Velma Harasen Angela Pellerin
Crystal Bona Claire Heron, Chair Josephine Pettigrew
Dodie Bond Mary Hunt Diana Poisson
Cathy Bouchard Margaret Ann Jacobs Donna Prevost
Kathryn Bourque Rita Janes Sheila Quinn
Monica Brechka Dorothy Johansen Colleen Randall
Late Sister Annata Brockman Sylvia Jurys Carol Richer
Betty Anne Brown Davidson Annette Kelly Claire Robichaud
Mary Capobianco Glenda Klein Kim Scammell
Linda Chisholm Lynn Lavictoire Joan Schurter
Lidwina Critch Mary Jo Leddy Mary Ellen Stinson
Bishop Douglas Crosby OMI Jennifer Leddy Carol Lynn St-James Fascia
Patricia Cross Ingrid Lefort Marlin Taylor
Marjorie D’Entremont Diane Lemay Anna Tremblay
Pat Deppiesse Judy Lewis Hope Winfield
Janice Deslauriers Barbara McDonald Suzanne Wiseman
Doris Dickson Bishop William McGrattan Barbara Vincent
Louise Doiron Janet McLean
Theresa Schopf

Theresa Schopf

CWLF Member at Large

Theresa was elected a director of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation effective January 1, 2018, and is very excited to work with this new program.