The Leadership Program

Mission To fund leadership education that inspires Catholic women to be transformational and influential leaders where they live, work, and volunteer. Objective 1 To develop women’s leadership capacity-building programs that are of the highest quality and that are consistent with Catholic values by establishing and maintaining partnerships with key educational institutions. Program Partner: Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Program Format A one-year certificate program consisting of:
  • a face-to-face residency program at Saint Paul University. The initial face-to-face module is for five days and the closing module for four days. These are all-day sessions continuing into the evening.
  • five online study modules (20 hours per module)  consisting of videos, readings, personal reflections, discussion forums, and real-time reflection and coaching sessions.
Program Features
  • Spirituality and a Catholic faith perspective are foundational in all activities.
  • Integration of faith and life, personal and professional leadership development.
  • Prayer and reflective practice are core elements integrated throughout the program – reflective practice refers to the time and process given for integrating new ideas and developing leadership skills; reflecting on one’s own personal and professional experiences in light of ideas and ideas that are presented and discussed.
Examples of Sessions Presented for Discussion and Reflection:
  • What Does It Mean to be a Catholic Leader Today? Inspirational Catholic Women Leaders
  • What Do We Mean By Transformative Leadership And Reflective Practice?
  • Spirituality: its Place in Transformative Leadership
  • Transformative Leaders and Well-Being
  • Catholic Social Teachings: Bioethics, Care of our Common Home; Moral issues for Leaders
  • Bringing our Faith and Life Together: Our Ecological Responsibility.
Rita Janes

Rita Janes

Chair

Rita has been a member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation since January 2015 and was appointed Chair on January 1, 2017.

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CWLF at the 2018 CWL Convention in Winnipeg

Very heartening to have so much support for the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation at the CWL Convention in Winnipeg. So many interested in applying for the Leadership Program 2019-2020. Applications will be available in September!

Rita Janes

Rita Janes

Chair

Rita has been a member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation since January 2015 and was appointed Chair on January 1, 2017.

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CWLF Closing Ceremony and New Beginnings with Saint Paul University

Rita Janes, Chair, Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation (CWLF), presents Dr. Chantal Beauvais, rector of Saint Paul University with a gift of $75 000 to allow the Providence school of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University to establish the Catholic Women’s Leadership Program, a first in Canada. This national university-level certificate program integrates personal, professional, and faith development into a holistic program for women.

Dr. Chantal Beauvais, thanks the foundation for the generous gift stating, “Thank you Rita and all the board members who approved this gift, and thank you to everyone who made this week a special gathering. (We) are proud to be partnering with the CWLF to support and promote women in leadership roles”.

Fourteen participants, along with board members and leading learners, gathered in the beautiful chapel at Saint Paul University for a Eucharistic Celebration, giving thanks for an amazing week of learning in a very caring and vibrant community of women leaders from across Canada. The evening ended with a banquet and square dancing to fiddle music.

Rita Janes

Rita Janes

Chair

Rita has been a member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation since January 2015 and was appointed Chair on January 1, 2017.

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Our Dream Has Become a Reality

The Dream

In 2012, the Sisters of Service and the Catholic Women’s League of Canada had a dream. It was to transform the leadership landscape education of Canadian Catholic women. In 2014, enabled by the leadership of Claire Heron, Velma Harasen and  Kim Scammell,  Catholic Women League members,  the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation (“Foundation”) came to fruition and the dream and vision, of the Sisters of Service and the Catholic Women’s League became a reality.

The Reality

The Program

In further response to this vision, in 2015, the newly expanded Foundation Board was charged with the responsibility of developing a high quality leadership program for women, consistent with Catholic values.  Since then, and in partnership with the Providence School of Transformative Leadership at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, a Leadership Program for Catholic women has been developed. This year long Leadership Program for Canadian Catholic women will begin in May 2018 and with your support will continue for many years into the future.

Essential ingredients of the Program are the integration of personal, professional and faith development, supporting participants in the Program to be transformational and influential leaders where they live, work and volunteer.  A Catholic faith perspective informs the entire Program.

The Program is offered online and face to face, guided by highly respected facilitators and Saint Paul University faculty. It includes the following:

  • Online introductory module, May 2018
  • A five-day in-residence session at Saint Paul University , June 2018
  • Seven online study modules (10-15 hours per month) consisting of videos, readings, personal reflections and discussion forums, August to April, 2018-19.
  • A four-day in-residence session at Saint Paul University , May 2019.
  • An ongoing mentorship program during and after the Program is completed.

The Program, including the educational elements and all travel and living expenses, costs the Foundation $120,000 for each group of participants. Program participants demonstrate their commitment to the program with a $1,000 contribution to the Foundation and their commitment of time.

At the successful completion of the Program the candidates will receive a Certificate from Saint Paul University and the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

The Candidates

We are excited to announce that 14 enthusiastic women have been selected for the Leadership Program for 2018 – 19. They are from all regions of Canada (three from the Atlantic; five from Central; four from the West; and 2 from the Territories) and include First Nations and visible minorities.  This group of women have different careers, a range of ages and they all have one thing in common and that is their desire to build “a just, merciful, and compassionate world nurtured by the genius of women”.

 

You can meet these 14 women here.

Support and the Future

The dream has become a reality because of the support of many.  The initial gifts from the Sisters of Service and the Catholic Women’s League of Canada set the stage for the dream to form and development of the Program to begin. With a substantial financial donation from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Presentation of Newfoundland, the dream grew and details for the Program were further developed.   The generous gifts from  many other donors across Canada: our religious congregations; our parishes; our dioceses; charitable foundations; and  many Catholic Women’s League members helped to make the dream a reality and the Program ready to implement.

We are very grateful to those who have contributed so far and continue to support us in so many ways. The Board Members would appreciate your continued financial support so we can continue the Program well into the future.

The participants in the Program would be grateful for your prayers as they blaze our future Catholic presence in Canadian society.

Rita Janes

Rita Janes

Chair

Rita has been a member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation since January 2015 and was appointed Chair on January 1, 2017.

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Blessings of the Season

BLESSINGS OF THESE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Days of Gratitude and Days of Joy

 

May you rejoice in the miracle, the gift and the promise of Christmas

Thank you for your generous support of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

We are pleased to announce because of your generosity the initial year long Leadership Program for Canadian Catholic women will happen May 2018 to June 2019.

The first cohort of women will be selected early in the new year. The Program will be facilitated by the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, Ottawa.

Thank you for being with us as we bring to reality our vision of “a just, merciful, and compassionate world nurtured by the genius of women”.

Thank you for helping us build future Catholic women leaders who will make a difference in the world and witness our values as Catholic women.

Wishing you the Love, Peace and Happiness that the true meaning of Christmas brings from the Board of Directors of The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

Rita Janes,  Chair

Rita Janes

Rita Janes

Chair

Rita has been a member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation since January 2015 and was appointed Chair on January 1, 2017.