Legislation Communique #1 — Nancy Simms

August 31, 2016


August 30, 2016                                                                           

Communiqué #01

One Heart, One Voice, One Mission: Palliative and Hospice Care

   TO:             Provincial Chairpersons of Legislation        
   CC:             National Executive (for information)
   FROM:       Nancy Simms, National Chairperson of Legislation
   ATT:            Oral Report Presented at the 2016 Annual National Convention
Resolutions 2016.04 and 2016.05
                        List of 2016 Provincial Chairpersons of Legislation

Legislation is social justice in action. It is the carrying out of League resolutions to influence government policy. – CWL Executive Handbook

Welcome to all new provincial legislation chairpersons and to all of you who are serving their second year on this exciting standing committee where we can truly take action towards social justice for all!

It is an honour to serve the League as your new national chairperson of legislation. As way of an introduction, I reside in Kamloops, British Columbia with my husband of 31 years; we have four grown children and five grandchildren. Our eldest son was ordained into the priesthood over four years ago. Since 2001, I have owned and operated a housecleaning business which now operates with 24 employees. In the past my family and I were foster parents and welcomed many children into our home. I have been the local pro-life president and taught catechism to children for many years.

I became a member of the Catholic Women’s League in 1990 and within a few short months was parish president. At each level that I have served – parish, diocesan, provincial and national I have been blessed with opportunities to grow and learn. At the annual national convention this summer I completed my term as national chairperson of education and health. Throughout my years in the League, I have authored or co-authored numerous League workshops and resolutions including two resolutions that were adopted at the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization. I have a passion for research, writing and working to make the world a better place. It is my prayer that these passions will help me to serve you as we work together to monitor and study legislation at all levels of government.

2016 National Resolutions

Of the five resolutions passed at the 2016 national convention two of them fall under legislation. Both are attached for quick reference.

Resolution 2016.04 Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service requires members to write to the prime minister, federal minister of health and members of parliament (MPs) urging them to identify palliative care as an insured health service covered under the Canada Health Act and to develop a national strategy for uniform standards and delivery of palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization. Members should also write to their premier, provincial/territorial ministers of health and Members of Legislative Assemblies to urge them to provide palliative care as an insured service covered under provincial/territorial health acts. We need to continue to educate members and the community at large on the importance of high quality palliative care.

Resolution 2016.05 Amend the Canada Health Act to Include Home Care as an Insured Health Service requires members to write to the prime minister, federal minister of health and MPs urging them to include home care in the Canada Health Act. Councils are also encouraged to initiate a petition regarding this issue, support local hospices, coordinate assistance to disabled and elderly, and study the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care report Not to be Forgotten, Care of Vulnerable Canadian and publications from Catholic Organization for Life and Family that deal with vulnerable people.

 A National Day of Action for Palliative Care

May 4, 2017 will once again be a day within the League to focus on hospice and palliative care. There will be more opportunities at that time to take further action on the above resolutions. More information will soon follow.

Palliative Care Petition

As an update to the palliative care petitions to the federal government distributed by my predecessor, Janet McLean, over 23,000 signatures were collected and will be presented in the House of Commons this fall. Thank you Janet for your hard work on this important issue.

Sub-committee Chairpersons

Thank you to life members Ann Devlin and Dorothy Johansen for saying yes to being my sub-committee chairpersons. If on the provincial level, you do not already have sub-committee chairpersons, I would highly recommend doing so. Many hands make light work!


Parliament will resume sitting on September 19th. You can find the complete 2016 calendar for the House of Commons at www.parl.gc.ca/housechamberbusiness/chambercalendar.


I encourage you to review ongoing legislation and proposed legislation that pertain to League resolutions.

“Legislation at a Glance” found at www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISInfo provides an overview of bills under consideration in either the Senate or the House of Commons. When you click on any of the bills it will give you the name of the bill and its latest activity or you can click on the bill to read it in its entirety.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Together we will work with One Heart, One Voice and One Mission: Palliative and Hospice Care.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us in our work “For God and Canada.”

Nancy Simms

National Chairperson of Legislation