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.

subscribe

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.

subscribe

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.

VIEW BLOG

subscribe

Leaders are Lifelong Learners

CWLF Directors Neysa Finnie and Diana Wielgus attended the Institute of Corporate Directors conference in Vancouver where corporate directors and leaders from across Canada gathered to discuss business trends and challenges. Illuminating sessions included Empowering Transformation and Social Licence in Volatile Times.

Neysa Finnie

Neysa Finnie

Vice-Chair and Treasurer

Neysa is the Vice Chair of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation and has served in that capacity since January 2015. On January 1, 2017 she was appointed Treasurer.

subscribe

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.

subscribe

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.

subscribe