2019 Leadership Program Cohort
The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Board is honoured to announce the 2019 cohort. Fourteen outstanding, talented women from across Canada will form for the class for the second Certificate program in Catholic Women’s Leadership developed in partnership with Saint Paul University’s Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality.
Thank you to all the inspiring women who applied for the program. The Foundation was humbled to have a pool of women diverse in age, experience, and education from all parts of Canada who demonstrated strong Catholic values and lives of faith in service.
Audrey has been a member of the Catholic Women’s League since 2005 and held a few executive positions in the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) in Chateauguay, Quebec. She is also an executive member at the Provincial level as Community Life Chairperson for the last two years.
Currently, she is working as a Social Work Technician and a supplementary teacher for the New Frontiers School Board. She has significant experience in the area of human relations, which is manifested in her work and volunteering.
She has developed skills in the areas of leadership, counseling and conflict resolution and believes that working in an environment that fosters abilities such as teamwork and cooperation can help to encourage the realization of her path.
Audrey completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Human Relations and a Minor in Adult Education from Concordia University in May 2006 and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa 2014.
Throughout her working career, she has been able to balance her role as a team leader, mother, co-worker, and student. She believes that her experience and knowledge has provided her with the ability to meet the challenges as a student in the leadership course offered by St Paul’s University.
Carol Williams-Boegel CHRP (Ret) CHRL, RPN
Carol currently resides in North Bay, Ontario and is currently transitioning into religious service. Eclectic and lifelong learner are the words that come to mind when describing Carol’s employment history. Carol is passionate about helping others to embrace every life opportunity to its fullest. Some of the highlights of her post-secondary education include Business Administration Diploma, Executive Program in Human Resource Management, Certificate in Conflict Management, Welder-Fitter Diploma, and Practical Nursing Diploma.
At her parish in North Bay, Carol is a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector. In her reference letter for application to this program, her parish pastor said the following about Carol. “She embodies the Catholic values of fidelity to the Church’s teaching, compassion and caring for those who suffer. She has a wonderful prayer life and is involved in groups that support her spiritually. Carol is very polite and respectful of others, however, there is something about her spiritually that shines through her allowing her to impact those around her.”
Lisa lives in St. Catharines, Ontario. She has a Business degree from Brock University with a minor in Political Science. Lisa has been married 30 years to Geoff and has two grown daughters, Kendra and Laura. She was Parish President for 4 years, has held corresponding secretary and communications chairs on Diocesan, on the Parish Council and involved with different ministries and events at Star of the Sea in Port Dalhousie where her family has been members for 29 years.
Lisa became an active member of the Parish CWL and has never looked back. Lisa truly never knew what was missing from her faith and life, until her involvement grew with the CWL. Her love of Christ and our Blessed Mother grew exponentially through her Spiritual Adviser, Spiritual Development Chair, and the works of the CWL. The Beatitudes and Corporal Acts of Mercy are lived very evidently through the actions and involvement of the CWL.
Lisa applied to the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation so that she may have a greater knowledge of the challenges and the thought process our government faces. This knowledge will help Lisa to make a difference with women, our faith, and our role within our Catholic Church. She sees this course as a unique gift; to learn and then have the ability and opportunity to share and utilize the knowledge she will obtain with others. This course will be exceptionally helpful to Lisa as her journey in the CWL continues.
Shannon is currently the Executive Director of a 28-bed care home in Saskatoon. Shannon started at the home while it was a retirement home for a community of religious Sisters that was transitioning into a Care Home. The home now has religious sisters and non-religious lay people sharing community in their golden years. Prior to this, she was a Stay at Home Mom for 10 years, tending to her family- husband Dan and their four children who range in age from 5-13. Shannon’s professional life began as the Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Saskatoon.
Shannon has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, A Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and is an active training coach for Gentle Persuasive Approach in Dementia Care.
Shannon enjoys volunteering at her parish of Holy Spirit as a Children’s liturgy leader and hospitality minister. Coaching and playing soccer is an important activity for her as well as baking, gardening, biking and reading.
This program is an exciting opportunity to connect with women of faith from across Canada and learn and grow as a leader in the community.
Belinda Halbach lives in Beaumont, Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Education degree and recently attained a Master of Divinity degree. She is an RCIA team and Baptismal Preparation leader, lector and Eucharistic minister at her parish. She currently holds the position of Vice President/Spiritual Development Chair on the Edmonton Diocesan CWL executive council and was recently elected president of her parish CWL council. Belinda volunteers for the Edmonton Diocesan Development Office and at Newman Theological College on the 50th Anniversary Committee. Along with being employed as a substitute teacher, she has also been a long-term Library Board trustee, community theatre volunteer, and member of Kinettes and Girl Guides of Canada. She is continually looking for ways to use her education to serve the needs of others.
In her essay, Belinda explains that she would like to share with others what she has come to appreciate most about the Catholic faith, the “both/and” understanding that our personal relationship with Jesus must include an understanding of belonging to the Body of Christ and being in relationship with others. In this relationship, or communion, that the Catholic Church nurtures, one does not lose one’s individuality but rather distinctions are celebrated and intensified.
Michelle Khatib lives in Red Deer, Alberta. She has been in the education field for 29 years. She completed her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and her Master of Education with The University of Calgary. Michelle has worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, technology director, associate faculty member for Red Deer College and City University of Seattle. Presently, Michelle is an administrator for St. Gabriel Online Learning Centre in Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division. After completing her Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Administration with Newman Theological College, she felt a desire to pursue further leadership opportunities in the area of Catholic leadership.
Michelle has been married for 28 years and is a mother of two. She is a member of the CWL, has served the less fortunate through St. Vincent de Paul, church friendship meals, and Poor Box collection. She is an active member in the parish and volunteers as a Eucharistic Minister and Proclaimer.
Michelle enjoys serving others whether it is through special acts of kindness, growing food on her acreage for others, or just being there to lend a helping hand. She believes that leadership programs like this will allow us to work together, share our views, and make a difference on a larger scale.
Janet Lymer has called Calgary, Alberta home for the past 15 years. She has post-secondary education from Universite de Montreal. The majority of her career has been spent in marketing for tier one national and international companies. While raising her family and caring for an elderly parent, she developed a passion for volunteering: in her children’s Catholic schools, their various sporting associations and as a Eucharistic Minister in her home parish. Along the way, she shifted out of for-profit and found her niche in non-profits. She found it more rewarding to make a difference in local organizations than in a corporation. She is the Executive Director for the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation; an organization whose mission it is to provide enhanced learning opportunities for publicly funded Catholic schools in Calgary. She is humbled to have been chosen for the CWL Foundation Leadership course and is looking forward to working with other amazing women from across the country.
Says Janet: “Your faith and your career should not be mutually exclusive. That gut feeling or inner voice is the Holy Spirit guiding you.”
Christine Mason lives in the rural community of 150 Mile House in British Columbia on a small solar powered ranch. She attends Williams Lake Sacred Heart Parish where she currently holds the resolutions and legislation chairs of her CWL council. She is also President-Elect.
Before she retired in 2010, she worked for the Correctional Service of Canada, delivering substance abuse and sex offender programs to male offenders, and as Acting Manager of Programs, training and mentoring staff. She more recently worked in a small law office as a secretary and overseeing human resources, doing staff evaluations, training, mentoring and mediating staff through various challenging interactions.
As a fairly new Catholic, baptized in 2015, Christine is an enthusiastic and on fire Catholic! Aside from writing resolutions, Christine is a co-volunteer writing two-minute catechizes to be delivered after each Sunday Mass, to educate parishioners on the richness of the Catholic Mass.
Christine is “beyond excited” to have been accepted into the Leadership Program. This is an opportunity to hone skills, learn new ones, meet other dynamic Catholic sisters, and work to continue writing resolutions with the ultimate goal of being part of the delegation taking them to government.
Liz Meneses lives in New Westminster, BC. She has a Degree in Bachelor of Arts and had worked in Dubai, UAE before migrating to Canada in 1994. She is a Supply Chain Management Professional and works as the Procurement & Contracts Manager with BC Housing.
Liz has held a number of leadership roles in both the private and public sectors. She was also named Vision of Excellence Entrepreneur of the Year, Olympics 2010 Business Delegate and Intellectual Property Inventor. She is a simplified and confident leader with a heart.
Liz had overcome many adversities in life. She believes her strong faith and determination made things possible. She holds her Catholic values dearly.
Liz’s source of happiness and strength is her husband Bobby and 2 children, Alyssa and Abelard.
Liz is passionate about mentoring young professionals to be confident and compassionate leaders. She does it at work and in her community. She conducts Leadership Skills Program for young adults in her parish, Our Lady of Mercy. She aspires to be the beacon of possibility for the young generation hence she is excited to be a part of the CWLF Program. She believes the program would sharpen her skills and equip her well to pursue her calling.
Makrina Morozowski was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has been engaged in many different activities. She enjoys skiing in the Rocky Mountains, playing wheelchair basketball, and competing in CrossFit.
She spent some time at the University of Lethbridge, undertaking a Bachelor of Arts and majoring in psychology. Later, at the City University of Seattle, she obtained a Master of Counselling degree. and works in social services in Calgary, supporting people in distress. Through volunteering, she advocates for people with disabilities, most recently being the ambassador for Easter Seals Alberta. Professionally, she is working towards becoming a registered psychologist.
At her church, she supports different activities within the Catholic Women’s League, which have included such roles as being a Mistress of Ceremonies at a dinner. Professionally, leadership is important to her. She is looking forward to joining others from across the country in the process of transforming and influencing leadership while infusing spirituality into the learning process. She likes to follow the guidelines of ACE, Accept all abilities, Challenge yourself, and Encourage others.
Rachele Ng began life in Salt Spring Island, BC before moving with her family to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to join the People of Praise Charismatic Christian Community. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor Education in 1997 from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008.
During her 22-year career with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, she has worked as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal at various K-8 schools. Rachele is currently the Coordinator in Human Resources – Teacher Staffing and a Religious Education Consultant — Latin Rite.
She has been married to Clement, a stay-at-home dad, and part-time theology grad student, for 7 years. Together they are the proud parents of Isaiah, 6 and Bennett, 4. Rachele loves to write down the funny things her boys say, sing praise songs, eat good food in the presence of others and find containers that fit things perfectly. She is known for the ability to tell people what to do as well as the ability to laugh at herself. Rachele is anticipating wonderful learning opportunities as she spends time listening to and learning from her fellow CWLF cohort members and teachers.
Marilyn Olsen lives in Ottawa and is blessed with having lived in four provinces, along with four years in Germany. She works at the Canadian Joint Operations Command as the Administrative Officer to the Commander. This affiliation with the military, born out of her husband’s career, has deepened to become her own personal military relationship.
Marilyn is active within her parish and the wider community, including as Pastoral Council Chair, Lector Coordinator, Communications Committee Chair, Board Member of the Miriam Centre, and she is a past Military Ordinariate Provincial President of the Catholic Women’s League.
Marilyn holds a diploma in Integrated Office Systems and that diploma laid a foundation regarding the new technologies that exploded in the ’80s and ’90s. Her work with the military has shown how valuable these technologies are and just how important it is to communicate well with one another.
She looks forward to the upcoming year and is keen to embrace the entire learning experience. To be learning, praying, reflecting and sharing through this lens of transformative leadership education is inspiring and exciting. Marilyn hopes to share this educational gift with others, for years to come, with the grace and help of Jesus, the perfect Communicator.
Janette Rieger lives in Emerald Park, Saskatchewan. She has a degree in Political Science and a diploma in dental assisting. She has worked at home doing the books for her husband’s small business for over 30 years while raising their 5 children, returning to work full-time in the last few years as the office manager.
One week after her marriage she was asked to be a sponsor for a lady in the parish RCIA program and she has been volunteering ever since. She taught in her parish’s catechism program for over 10 years and served on the parish council. She has been a Catholic Women’s League member for over 20 years and currently is 1st Vice-President on the Regina Diocesan CWL Council. She has volunteered with various school programs when her children were in school and served on the Board of Martha House, a retirement home for priests and laypeople, for 6 years.
She is excited about the opportunity to take the Leadership Program as another opportunity to grow in her faith. She notes that during her years of volunteering with RCIA, catechism, the CWL, and others, it has been in the spirit of service, but in the end, she benefitted as much as the recipients of her service.
After over a decade working in the engineering and mapping industry, Margaret chose to embrace her life as a stay at home mother to two beautiful girls. Spiritual life can be difficult for young families these days but for Margaret, her faith sustained her. Once her girls became school age, She accepted the position of Catechetical Coordinator for the Immaculate Conception Parish. She believes that children and families need to see Christ’s work in action in their own community and to that end, together with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, they secured funding and built a greenhouse and garden that grows food for the church food bank. In addition to the Catechetical Coordinator, Margaret also became the Parish Secretary, a job which she thoroughly enjoys. She has been blessed with such a supportive Parish administration and community and is also active in the various ministries including reading and youth choir.
Margaret is excited to embark on this journey with the CWLF so she may continue to grow and learn in hopes of helping other families and children along their own journeys of faith.
She is also something of an author and has won NL Arts and Letters Awards for fiction and non-fiction pieces, and was also shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize sponsored by The Telegram as well as received support from the NL Arts Council through their Professional Project Grants. She loves to reach people through her writing, simple pieces that can resonate deeply with everyday people. Fortunately, the NL Arts community is very supportive of aspiring authors!