The Inaugural Leadership Program Graduation

The graduation of the inaugural leadership program took place on Wednesday, May 4, 2019, complete with the celebration of Mass and presentation of certificates.

Congratulations to the participants, leading learners, coaches, guest speakers upon completion of this successful and transformative program.

“I WILL GIVE YOU THANKS IN THE GREAT ASSEMBLY, AMONG THE THRONGS I WILL PRAISE YOU” Psalm 34:18

As we just completed our first year-long Leadership Program I express gratitude:

To the Sisters of Service and the Catholic Women’s League of Canada for having the foresight and wisdom to set the seeds and provide initial funding for a leadership program for Catholic women;
To the Steering Committee (Claire Heron, Velma Harasen, Kim Scammell) who did not give up, although met by many obstacles, to having the Foundation incorporated and receive charitable status and continue to support us;
To members of the First Board (January 2015) and those who have joined the Board along the way, providing a Vision and Mission, for ensuring we had the finances to offer a Leadership Program, approving format and guiding principles for such a Program, and accept every task that comes their way;
To the Campaign Committee, chaired by Claire Heron, and the many CWL women in each province of Canada, who gave so generously of their time, talent and perseverance to solicit the financial support we so needed for the Program and who continue to support us by making their members and friends aware of the Foundation; 
To all donors, for believing in us, and for your generosity; 
To Betty Anne Brown Davidson who so generously volunteered her time to be ‘bookkeeper’, provide receipts and ensure every donor was thanked for their generosity;
To all the applicants who applied for the first program. If not selected the first time, I hope you will reapply;
To the 1st Cohort who so willingly began the journey with 14 other Catholic women in a Program that integrated faith and life. It was so obvious in our final days and reflections together experienced “ a change of mind, a change of heart, a change of consciousness’; 
To Chantal Beauvais, Rector, Saint Paul University(SPU), who connected with me December 2017 and suggested SPU and the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality could provide the Leadership Program we had in mind. It did. My lucky day! The Foundation’s lucky day!
To Miriam Martin, psvm, who became my contact at the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, who so easily understood what we wanted to do, and translated it into a program that integrated faith and life, personal and professional leadership development.
To Miriam Martin, Director, Lorraine Ste. Marie, Carol Kuzmochka, and all the leading learners, guest speakers, and online facilitators for allowing us to be part of such an exceptional program whose underlying philosophy is that leaders are whole persons and an effective leadership program must take into account the whole leader.
To Gabrielle Dupuis, administrative assistant for the Program at Saint Paul, who looked after us so well, arranging for good accommodations, nutritious meals and, of course, our technological needs.

God’s blessings on you all.

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.

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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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Empowering Catholic Women!

Fourteen Catholic women from across Canada are now 5 months into a yearlong leadership certificate program. The program is being delivered by The School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, in response to the vision and goals of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation. The program integrates faith and life, personal, and professional leadership development.

Module 1 of the program began on April 23rd.  Participants had the opportunity to meet each other and under the direction of the Program Director, Sr. Miriam Martin, introduced to the topic of transformative leadership.

Module 2 took place in residence at Saint Paul University during the first week of June.  Presentations and discussions highlighted the week.

Module 3 began online during June, July, and August.

Module 4 – 6 will continue online until late April 2019 when the participants will meet in residence for the final Module and graduation from the program on May 1, 2019

Application for the next session will become available!

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.

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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.

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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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Federal MP Ottawa-Vanier, Mona Fortier, Hosts Parliament Building Visit

Tuesday afternoon participants in the CWLF Leadership Program, along with facilitators from Saint Paul University, had an engaging visit to Parliament Building hosted by Mona Fortier, mp for Ottawa-Vanier who shared experiences about women in leadership and politics.
Thank you, Mona Fortier, for sharing your story, journey, and passion for making a difference.

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.

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