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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

Please click here for a list of members of the Steering Committee, Honorary Committee, Cabinets Members and Provincial sub-committees to who we are truly thankful.

Claire Heron, Chair
Faith Anderson
Celine Berlinguette
Cathy Bouchard
Late Sr. Annata Brockman
Lidwina Critch
Marjorie D’Entremont
Louise Doiron
Neysa Finnie
Velma Harasen
Rita Janes
Annette Kelly
Lynn Lavictoire
Ingrid Lefort
Barbara McDonald
Moira McQueen
Angela Pellerin
Sheila Quinn
Claire Robichaud
Carol Lynn St-James Fascia
Barbara Vincent
Pat Deppiesse
Cecile Miller

Tillie Aessie
Carmen Arnold
Crystal Bona
Kathryn Bourque
Betty Anne Brown Davidson
Most Rev. Douglas Crosby
Janice Deslauriers
Ann Doucet
Betsy Fletcher
Mary Hunt
Dorothy Johansen
Sr. Nuala Kenny
Mary Jo Leddy
Diane Lemay
Most Rev. William McGrattan
Lorette Noble
Josephine Peddigrew
Colleen Randall
Kim Scammell
Marlin Taylor
Hope Winfield
Marlene Pavletic
Suzanne Brosseau

Alicia Ambrosia
Pat Battensby
Dodie Bond
Monica Brechka
Mary Capobianco
Patricia Cross
Doris Dickson
Barbara Dowding
Doreen Gowans
Margaret Ann Jacobs
Sylvia Jurys
Glenda Klein
Jennifer Leddy
Judy Lewis
Janet McLean
Jean-Robert Nolet
Donna Prevost
Carol Richer
Joan Schurter
Anna Tremblay
Suzanne Wiseman
Diana Poisson
Celine Berlinguette

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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