Meet Our Executive

*list updated August 12, 2021

Most Rev. Stephen Jensen, Bishop of the Diocese of Prince George
National Spiritual Advisor

Fran Lucas
National President and Chairperson of International Relations

Shari Guinta
President-Elect & Chairperson of Organization

Betty Colaneri
First Vice-President & Chairperson of Communications

Cathy Bouchard
Second Vice-President & Chairperson of Spiritual Development

Marie Rackley
Secretary-Treasurer

Anne-Marie Gorman
Past President & Chairperson of Laws

Dorothy Johansen
National Chairperson of Christian Family Life

Faith Anderson
Chairperson of Community Life

Margaret Schwab
Chairperson of Education and Health

Rolande Chernichan
Chairperson of Resolutions

Glenda Carson
Chairperson of Legislation

Kim Scammell
Executive Director

Judy Look
Alberta Mackenzie Provincial President

Sharon Geiger
B.C. & Yukon Provincial President

Janet Brunger
Manitoba Provincial President

Allison Klemen
Military Ordinariate Provincial President

June Brown
New Brunswick Provincial President

Judy Hodge
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial President

Joline Belliveau
Nova Scotia Provincial President

Colleen Perry
Ontario Provincial President

Marilyn Gay Garvey
Prince Edward Island Provincial President

Rosa Lam
Quebec Provincial President

Chantal Devine
Saskatchewan Provincial President

 

Most. Rev Stephen Jensen, Bishop of the Diocese of Prince George
National Spiritual Advisor

Bishop Stephen Jensen was born May 30, 1954 in North Vancouver, BC. He attended St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario where he received his BA in Philosophy in 1976 and a Master of Divinity in 1979.

He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver on May 24, 1980. From 1984 to 1998 he was a pastor in three parishes: Immaculate Conception and Corpus Christi in Vancouver and St. Ann’s in Abbotsford.

Since 1984 he has served on the Catholic School Board, overseeing a total of 46 elementary and secondary schools in the Vancouver Archdiocese. He was named a Prelate of Honor in 1996 and Vicar for Education in 1997, assisting with elementary and secondary Catholic schools, as well as adult catechesis.

In 2001 he earned a doctorate in Education, specializing in educational leadership, at the Jesuit University of San Francisco. In 2009, the Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver, named him Vicar General of the Archdiocese.

He was Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Evangelization and Education, a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, Chair of the Steering Committee of the archdiocesan annual appeal, and a member of archdiocesan advisory boards for Catholic cemeteries, evangelization, stewardship and vocations.

On January 3, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of Prince George. His episcopal ordination and installation was conferred by the Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, Archbishop of Vancouver – assisted by Bishops David Monroe of Kamloops and Brian Dunn of Antigonish – at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince George on April 2, 2013.

Fran Lucas
National President and Chairperson of International Relations

Fran has been a League member for 31 years. She is married to George, and her son and daughter-in-law have blessed them with two grandchildren. Born to parents of Polish descent, she was born and raised in Chipman, Alberta.

Fran has been national chairperson of organization, community life and education and health, Alberta Mackenzie provincial chairperson of education and health, chairperson of organization at the provincial, diocesan and parish levels, and Edmonton diocesan chairperson of spiritual development.

Special League projects, committees, meetings and presentations Fran has worked on include:

  • Planning Strategically Liaison from the implementation committee to the national executive/board.
  • chaired and co-chaired various fundraisers in the Edmonton Archdiocese with funds going to the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation, Valour Place, etc.
  • worked with the Edmonton Catholic Schools board’s program specialist to create a Catch the Fire! curriculum for high school use and assisted in the delivery of the pilot (2013-2014)
  • member of the ad hoc national leadership development committee (Catch the Fire!) and subsequent facilitator for Catch the Fire! (2010-2012)
  • chaired diocesan council (Edmonton) Centennial Gala Committee (2012)
  • member of national subcommittee of Christian family life to develop an administration manual for the Catholic Girls’ League. Organized a Catholic Girls’ League at Jean Forest all Girls Leadership Academy (All Girls)
  • organized the first university parish council at the University of Alberta
  • League representative on committee for (biannual) Catholic Conference in 2008 and 2010
  • chaired 2002 Edmonton Archdiocesan World Youth Day Accommodations Committee
  • member of Archbishop Collins’ strategic planning committee on “The Definition of Marriage”
  • as member of the Edmonton Diocesan Fieldworkers for eight years, developed and delivered workshops and chaired the group for two years
  • started a young women’s group whose mandate was to recruit League membership
  • sat on a League liaison committee with Edmonton Catholic Schools board.

In August 2014, Fran accepted an invitation from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to nationally represent the League on a solidarity trip to the Philippines with nine others.

In 2015, Fran worked with Salt + Light Television in its production of a video on the League, For God and Canada. In 2018, she represented the League at the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations conference in Dakar, Senegal.

In 2018 Fran retired while managing Volunteer Services and Community Relations Departments for a large not-for-profit organization with a base of more than 1,200 volunteers. Her previous position with this organization was manager of training and development.

Shari Guinta
National President-Elect and Chairperson of Organization

Originally from Nova Scotia, Shari moved to Ontario to attend college. She settled in Waterloo with her husband, Peter, and they now have two adult children.

Shari started her League journey in 1986 at Sacred Heart Parish (Kitchener) when there was a membership drive. Although she had never heard of the Catholic Women’s League, it sounded like something she wanted to know more about. At her first parish council meeting, she was asked to serve as recording secretary, and she became parish council president in 1991. Following that, she served on Hamilton Diocesan Council for 14 years and was diocesan president from 2001 to 2003. While diocesan president, she initiated the first diocesan vocations mass; a mass celebrated in the Diocese of Hamilton each year to profile and pray for vocations.

Over the years, Shari has presented workshops including “Trying to be a Mary in a Martha World” and “Prayer Time and You”.

Once elected to Ontario Provincial Council, Shari served as treasurer, chairperson of spiritual development and organization, and acted as provincial president from 2009-2011. She was awarded her life membership in 2005 from the Diocese of Hamilton.

Shari was elected to the national executive in 2012 and acted as chairperson of resolutions. In 2014, she became national secretary-treasurer.

Shari is actively involved in her parish, St. Michael (Waterloo), as a minister of the word. She has served as chair of the 50th Anniversary Renovation Committee Moreover, was involved with the parish confirmation preparation team for five years.

She is a member of the Hamilton Diocesan Finance Committee and is an associate member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Serra Club, an international organization that fosters, promotes, supports and prays for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Shari is a 2014 recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal.

Being a businesswoman who owns a busy property management company makes for a hectic life, but Shari always has time for the League. She says, “I get so much more out of the League than I could ever possibly put into it.” She is thankful to meet so many intelligent, spiritual women through the League and looks forward to her continued journey

Betty Colaneri
National First Vice-President and Chairperson of Communications

Raised in Ignace, Ontario, Liberina was born as a first-generation Canadian in Dryden, Ontario, as Ignace did not have a hospital. Known as Betty, she has kept her birth name given in honour of her grandfather. The family moved to Fort William, Ontario which amalgamated with Port Arthur, Ontario to become Thunder Bay. In 1970, the family moved once again to Niagara Falls, Ontario and became parishioners of St. Thomas More Church. During her high school years, Betty was able to pursue her love of music as a singer and saxophone player, while joining a local band that performed for dinner dances and weddings. She became a legal assistant working for a law firm in Niagara Falls until her marriage to Nick in 1984. Choosing to build a house on a vineyard owned by the Colaneri family in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, they still reside there today. Blessed with two sons, the vineyard was a wonderful place to raise Nicholas 31 and Christopher 26. Betty and her sister Angie married brothers, making family gatherings very convenient and special. In addition to working for Welcome Wagon, organizing bridal fashion shows twice a year, she helped her husband’s business. Currently, Betty is the marketing manager, event planner and creative consultant for the family-owned winery.

Betty joined The Catholic Women’s League in 1986 as it appealed to her as a way to give back to the parish. She became chairperson of several standing committees on the parish and diocesan levels, before becoming the diocesan president for St. Catharines from 2001 to 2003. Betty has served on the provincial executive since 2003 as newsletter editor, chairperson for communications, Christian family life, spiritual development and organization. The highlight of her service at provincial level was being elected Ontario provincial president 2013 -2015 followed by her term as past president. Betty has also served as a sub-committee member for the national council under Christian family life, education and health and community life. She received her Maple Leaf service pin and was honoured with life membership in 2005. Over the years, Betty has volunteered for many organizations and has given presentations and workshops such as “When Life Hands You Lemons, Give Them Jesus Then Lemonade”. She is a cantor, Minister of the Word and a member of the pastoral council at her parish. Presently, Betty serves as community life chairperson and chairperson for the 100th anniversary committee for the national council of the League. She feels that the best part of being in the League, which has been a spiritually enriching and rewarding experience filled with blessings, is having sisters all across Canada to pray with in times of joy or to help carry the cross in times of sadness, walking with her on her spiritual journey.

Cathy Bouchard
National Second Vice-President and Chairperson of Spiritual Development

Cathy Bouchard is a retired teacher who lives in Red Deer, Alberta. Married to David, Cathy is the mother of four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Cathy has served in her parish council and diocesan council, in many leadership positions, and this is her second term on the national executive/board. She previously held the position of national chairperson of resolutions. Cathy is a former president of Alberta Mackenzie (2015-2017) provincial and Edmonton (2007-2009) diocesan councils.

One of the courses she has facilitated that stands out for her, which she delivered with the Edmonton diocesan president, was a component of Catch the Fire! for priests. She hopes to continue this work with spiritual advisors.

Cathy has supported her parish community of Sacred Heart for many years serving in the ministries of lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Eucharist, parish pastoral council and leader for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Cathy has been a professed member of the Secular Franciscans for 36 years and has held leadership positions in this organization as well.

She looks forward to the experience of being the national chairperson of spiritual development and offering the gifts God has given her.

Marie Rackley
National Secretary-Treasurer

Marie Rackley is a member of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Parish Council in Saint John, New Brunswick. She joined the League in 1971, and is a third-generation member, growing up with her mother and grandmother involved in League activities.

Marie has served as parish council president and held a variety of chairpersons’ positions. She was the Saint John diocesan president from 1998-2000 and New Brunswick provincial president from 2016-2018. Marie received her life member pin in 2014 at the Saint John diocesan convention. Over the years, Marie has been involved in annual national conventions held in New Brunswick—Saint John in 1989 and Fredericton in 2014. She has facilitated many workshops and has served on many committees.

Marie is married to her soulmate Marvin, whom she met while bowling with the Knights of Columbus Friday evening League. She retired from the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Saint John in 2016 as controller, a position she held for 31 years. She is actively involved with her parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Saint John.

Marie attributes the League to giving her faith to grow and strength to accept the challenges of today. Many friendships have been formed with members she considers to be sisters to her extended family.

Anne-Marie Gorman
National Past President and Chairperson of Laws

Anne-Marie (Foreman) Gorman (Anne) was born into the middle of a large family of eight boys and one other girl. She lived on the family farm in Stanley, New Brunswick, until university at St. Francis Xavier University, followed by a teaching career, marriage and birth of two sons and two daughters. Graduate work in Maine and the University of New Brunswick provided opportunities to work as a guidance counsellor and school administrator. Her passions include, besides her deep faith, sports of all kinds, and the many years she spent coaching basketball, volleyball and badminton.

Her League journey began in 1977 following the death of her mother, a 40 year member. A lot of reading, attending diocesan and provincial conventions, lead to work as standing committee chairperson in many areas, the most rewarding in spiritual development and resolutions. After retiring as provincial past president, she continued her service at the national level, serving with national presidents Velma Harasen (2010-2012), Betty Anne Brown Davidson (2012-2014), Barbara Dowding (2014-2016) and Margaret Ann Jacobs (2016-2018) as resolutions, legislation, spiritual development and organization chairperson respectively. The opportunity to take adopted resolutions of the League to Ottawa to discuss and seek action from federal ministries on behalf of the membership was one of the highlights.

As national president-elect, she served on the steering committee of what became The Catholic Women’s League of Canada Plans Strategically, and was privileged to once again visit ministries of the federal government during her term. She became national president and began her two-year during the 98th annual national convention in Winnipeg, in 2018. She was privileged to see the future of the League coming to life through the implementation of the strategic plan monthly meetings and visited several working group meetings virtually where she witnessed the faith, energy, passion and service of the dozens of volunteers whom the Holy Spirit guided to the various positions.

Anne was married to Keith, widowed in 2003, is the proud mother of four children and their spouses, and the loving Nana to eight grandchildren. She married John Whalen in 2017 and happily spends as much time as the League work allows, with family.

“God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture [God’s] painting…”, said Steven Curtis Chapman. Anne firmly believes she was brought to this beautifully formed, though imperfect, organization called The Catholic Women’s League of Canada through no thoughts and prayers of her own, but said yes when called. For some reason unknown to her, she needed to be where she was for not two, but three years until her term as national president concluded in August 2021. While it was an honour she dreamt not of, it was a privilege to serve and to be with her sisters across Canada physically for the first year of her term, then virtually until the unique conclusion.

May God continue to bless the League with longevity and leaders who will continue to serve God and Canada.

Dorothy Johansen
National Chairperson of Christian Family Life

Dorothy Johansen was born in Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in Edmonton. She is married to Michael and they have one daughter. Following her mother’s advice that it was an excellent way to make friends quickly in a new parish, she became a member of the League in 1985. She is currently a member of St. Thomas More Parish Council (Edmonton).

Dorothy received her post-secondary education at Memorial University of Newfoundland (bachelor of science degree in physical geography.) After working for a few years, she attended the University of Alberta (bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering) and completed two certificates in oil sands technology and management development. She has retired from her engineering career and created a family business to pursue her passion for owning and operating a store that caters to quilters and needleworkers.

The League is still a source of sisterhood, friendship and opportunity. The opportunity presented was to grow with knowledge in the areas under each standing committee, as well, to learn and practice executive leadership skills by serving the members at the parish, regional, diocesan and provincial levels.

At the national level, Dorothy became national chairperson of Christian family life in August 2021.

Faith Anderson
National Chairperson of Community Life

Faith was born in Grandview, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg at the age of 10. She is a member of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish Council for 37 years and has been president at the parish, diocesan and provincial levels. Having served in most positions, she found her most challenging and daunting experience as diocesan resolutions chairperson. Faith received her life membership from the St.Boniface Diocesan Council in 2008.

The League has been a source of sisterhood and personal growth for Faith and provides a vehicle of learning. She has been a Catch the Fire presenter, presented several personal growth programs and resolutions workshops for the past ten years. Each challenge Faith encounters enriches her personal development and offers a new way to actively be involved in her faith with this wonderful organization which stretches from sea to sea.

Faith is married to Jim. They had three children – Jason, Janice (passed away in 2004) and Crystal. Together they enjoy travelling to Alberta to visit their son and two granddaughters and spoil and dote on three grandchildren who live in Winnipeg. Spending time at their cottage in Whiteshell Provincial Park offers the likes of hiking, boating and fishing. Faith enjoys oil painting and sometimes acrylic painting, and quilting and is a member of a writing group, having provided articles for the Prairie Messenger.

Faith began her journey on the national council as the chairperson of education and health.

Margaret Schwab
National Chairperson of Education and Health

Margaret was raised on a Saskatchewan farm, not far from the city of Saskatoon where she now resides. She first joined the League at St. Peter the Apostle parish in Saskatoon in 1976 then moved to Holy Spirit parish where she continued her involvement in the League.

On Saskatoon Diocesan Council, she held the position of chairperson of the education, spiritual development and organization standing committees and as president and past president/archivist. Once she joined the Saskatchewan Provincial Council, she held the positions of chairperson of the resolutions, spiritual development and organization standing committees, president and now, past president.

In between parish and diocesan activities, she has also served on the CWL Clothing Depot board with one term as chairperson. She chaired the 2003 national convention held in Saskatoon and spent six years representing CWL on the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation where she served one term as chairperson as well. Many years ago, she assisted Life Member Mary Nordick in presenting the national program, Project Grow to parish councils within the Saskatoon diocese.

When not involved with the League, Margaret is active in the Saskatoon Craft Guild and the Saskatoon Quilters Guild. She has also spent many years of involvement with the Girl Guides of Canada. Up until eight years ago, she worked as a laboratory technologist at Prairie Diagnostic Service, WCVM, supplying diagnostic services to veterinarians in the western provinces.

Upon retirement, Margaret rejoined Guiding as a Trefoil Guild member. Her love of sewing led her to take up quilting after her retirement in the fall of 2013 and quilting has become quite a passion.

Margaret and her husband Don have been married for 47 years and have one son and two daughters. While they enjoyed being parents, nothing compares to their current pastime of being grandparents to a wonderful grandson and four beautiful granddaughters.

Rolande Chernichan
National Chairperson of Resolutions

Rolande Chernichan, who is of French-Métis heritage, is a fraternal twin who grew up the eldest girl in a family of 13 children in the farming community of Fisher Branch, Manitoba. After high school, she moved to Winnipeg for employment. She married the love of her life, Bob, in 1973 and they made their home on a five-acre rural property in Ile-des-Chênes, Manitoba. Rolande worked as a medical secretary-receptionist for several years, and she also partnered with Bob in his home-based self-employed backhoe business and as a partner in a golf course. Blessed with five wonderful children, Rolande eventually became an at-home mom, and devoted herself to being a full-time homemaker, raising their children, being the bookkeeper for their business, and giving of her time as a volunteer in her parish of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, its schools, as well as in the community.

Rolande was introduced to the League by invitation of then National President Evelyn Wyrzykowski, who sought her out to become the president of a parish council that Evelyn wished to organize. Evelyn was naturally too busy to be Rolande’s mentor but assured her the League had all the resources necessary to lead a council and that all one had to do was read. Rolande accepted the call, serving as charter president of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Parish Council in 1989; holding membership with that council for the past 32 years. With aim of keeping members connected and informed, Rolande initiated her council’s monthly newsletter which is still being published by a dedicated member. Rolande has assisted in the research and development of all 22 resolutions adopted by her parish council, five of which went on to be adopted at the national level. In 2012, Rolande was awarded the maple leaf service pin by her council.

League experience for Rolande has come from serving in several officer positions at the parish, diocesan and provincial levels as well as on several ad hoc committees. From 2008-2010, she served as St. Boniface Diocesan President, a term marked by celebrating the 60th anniversary of the council and implementing email communication to parish councils. Her service at the diocesan level included developing and facilitating resolutions workshops as well as workshops aimed at CWL leadership training. She also initiated two diocesan council resolutions, and co-authored manuals for conducting elections at the parish, diocesan and provincial levels, supported by electronic files for ease of use. In 2016, Rolande was awarded life membership.

Her service at the provincial level included being a facilitator for Catch the Fire! workshops, developing and facilitating S’mores as well as annual resolutions workshops. She was appointed to the national resolutions committee from 2014-2016. Rolande served as president of Manitoba Provincial Council from 2017-2019, a term marked by celebrating the 70th anniversary of provincial council, hosting the national convention by Manitoba in 2018, the launch of Manitoba Provincial Council’s website, as well as the start of implementing the League’s strategic plan in her provincial council.

Membership in the League has been a gift to Rolande who is quick to admit that she has gotten more out of being a member than she could have imagined. She has experienced spiritual growth, she has learned skills that have served her well in other organizations, she has gained confidence in leadership and public speaking, she has a fuller appreciation of the broader impact of the League beyond the parish level, she has greater awareness of social justice issues and avenues to address them, she has been supported and affirmed by the sisterhood of the League, and she feels blessed to have the friendships of League sisters from coast to coast. Rolande has benefitted from the passion that her mother and sisters share as members. She delights that her three daughters are also members who have been supportive and who have shared their professional skills to assist her in leadership roles in the League.

Rolande is a charter member of the Manitoba Association of Parliamentarians, and she holds membership in the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Rolande has remained an active volunteer in her parish throughout her League service. In 1993 she was awarded the Prix Evangelium by Archbishop Antoine Hacault in recognition of serving her parish for several years as volunteer coordinator of catechesis, for developing and facilitating sacramental preparation workshops, in addition to serving on the pastoral council, as a trustee and on the liturgy committee. Rolande has served for several years as coordinator and trainer of ministers of the word, and she currently serves as a lector as well as a minister of the Eucharist.

Rolande and Bob have been blessed with nine beautiful grandchildren who keep them young-at-heart. They both enjoy being outdoors in their large yard, travelling, camping and making memories with their children and grandchildren. Rolande has a passion for growing flowers, so her greenhouse, flowerbeds and vegetable garden put her in touch with Creator God throughout the growing seasons. She likes to spend “R&R” time in her hot tub with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in hand, reading, reflecting, praying, and surrounded by nature, no matter the season. She feels very blessed to have the support of Bob and her family as she begins in her new role, serving “For God and Canada” through the national level of the League.

Glenda Carson
National Chairperson of Legislation

Glenda grew up on a farm in the small town of Golden Prairie, located in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan. Although very small, the Catholic community helped plant the strong roots of faith that were also fostered by her family. Glenda eventually moved to Saskatoon where she studied nursing and met her husband, George. After living in Saskatoon a couple of years, George joined the navy and they were eventually transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The prairies never really left Glenda’s heart as home, as all her family was there, but following the birth of her two children, the small family and the beauty and warmth of the Maritime people cemented the feeling that Nova Scotia was also home.

Feelings of belonging in her adopted province were greatly fostered over the years by the wonderful relationships formed through St. Clement Parish Council, as well as the diocesan and provincial councils. Although her mother had been a faithful member, the League was not particularly on Glenda’s radar as something to join, until she was invited to a meeting by a St. Clement council member. Being a new mother and spending a lot of time alone, as George was often at sea, the invitation seemed like a good thing to try out. The League became the central focus of Glenda’s volunteer work. For more than 30 years, Glenda has served on many standing committees and in leadership roles. League service was often a tenuous balance between a demanding career as a clinical nurse specialist, lifelong studies that led to a doctorate in nursing and trying to always be there for her family. It was the special Christian compassion of many League sisters, as well as the strong spiritual connection and social justice focus of the League that kept Glenda faithful in her membership.

The significance of League connections became especially evident when Glenda’s mother died during a visit to Halifax. Devastated by the loss, comfort was immediately found through her sisters in St. Clement Parish Council. Her mother’s funeral took place in Saskatoon where the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Council played a major role in providing comfort and solace for a grieving family and daughter, both by hosting the funeral reception and through the many hugs and beautiful smiles given and received. The burial occurred in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Standing at her mother’s graveside, Glenda looked up. At the edge of the graveyard were three women, lifelong friends of her mother, in League scarves. These women were part of Glenda’s life and faith community as a child. This unique and beautiful cross-Canada spiritual connection of the League will be forever etched in Glenda’s mind and spirit, carrying her forward in faithful service “For God and Canada” for as long as she is able to do the journey.

Kim Scammell
Executive Director

Kim was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her education and work experience has been varied and interesting. To support herself while attending university, Kim worked at four part time jobs concurrently. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) with Distinction in 1988, majoring in genetics. Prior to graduation, she accepted employment with a public accounting firm and committed herself to becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA).

Kim spent five years at an accounting firm performing audits, financial reviews and tax assistance for clients in various industries. Many of her clients were not-for-profit organizations and she thoroughly enjoyed these audits. As a CA student, in addition to receiving practical on-the-job training, she was required to take accounting courses, two of which earned her Gold Medals.

After receiving her CA designation in 1991, Kim found employment in industry where she has been employed as a controller for the past six years. Her responsibilities have included all aspects of finance and administration, giving her the opportunity to develop a keen business instinct.

Kim has volunteered with various organizations over the years, primarily those which support and increase awareness of the mentally and physically challenged. In her parish, she has also volunteered as a catechist and is currently on the school board.

Kim is married to David and has one son, two daughters, and two step-daughters.

Judy Look
Alberta Mackenzie Provincial President

Judy was born and raised in Saskatchewan, beginning her life in Saskatoon with a short sojourn in Bruno. In Regina, she completed
high school under the careful eye of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. The University of Saskatchewan called her back to Saskatoon where she obtained her bachelor of arts and teaching certificate and met Jim, whom she married in 1969.

Following Jim’s graduation, Judy settled in Calgary. Her career as a teacher was short-lived as God blessed her with three sons, thus beginning her vocation as a mother.

During Judy’s stay-at-home years, she served as a school board trustee for the Calgary Catholic School District, served on The Educational Partnerships Foundation, served as a board member of St. Mary’s University College, was a team manager for Cascade Swim Club, was a pastoral assistant at Holy Spirit Parish and is a graduate of Together Enabling Adults in Ministry.

Judy’s vocation as a married woman ended in 2010 when the Lord recalled her beloved Jim.

Her life as a member began at Holy Spirit Parish Council (Calgary) in 1985 where she continues to be a member. Judy has served at all levels of the League, including as a member of the national resolutions committee. She was honoured to receive life membership in 2018.

If asked to speak of her most important accomplishment, Judy would respond without hesitation, “giving birth and being a mom to three sons, a mother-in-law to three beautiful daughters-in-law and grandmother to five grandchildren.”

Judy believes motherhood prepared her for everything she has accomplished thus far. You may frequently hear Judy say, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” because she knows today is the only day any of us have. If we are to build relationships and effect change “For God and Canada,” it must start today.

Sharon Geiger
B.C. & Yukon Provincial President

Coming soon!

Janet Brunger
Manitoba Provincial President

Janet was awarded the maple leaf service pin in 2007 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Council (Winnipeg) and recently received her 25 year pin.

At the parish level, Janet served as chairperson of communications, resolutions and Christian family life, and as president and past president. She produced the parish council newsletter three times per year for four years and oversaw same for six more years. She was instrumental in bringing about three parish-wide protests, on child pornography, age of consent and same-sex marriage.

Janet has been active in various fundraisers and functions of all kinds, providing help, baking and support, where needed and as time and skills permit.

On Winnipeg Diocesan Council, Janet served as chairperson of resolutions, spiritual development and organization, president and past president. Before serving as Manitoba provincial president, she served as provincial chairperson of resolutions and organization.

Janet authored six resolutions with her parish council, and supported and assisted in many more, co-authored one resolution at the diocesan level, and served on the provincial resolutions committee for four years. She was chairperson of the planning committee for the League’s 88th annual national convention in Winnipeg.

Within the parish, Janet served on the stewardship committee and continues actively serving on the pastoral council. She is a trustee and on the finance council. Additionally, she serves the parish as communion minister and usher at 9:00 a.m. mass. Other volunteerism includes serving as secretary to the board of the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba, as chairperson of the by-law committee, and as chairperson of the Caritas dinner committee for two years.

Janet’s childhood years were spent on a farm south of Holland, Manitoba. She attended elementary school at the convent in Bruxelles and high school in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba. She has ten years of post-secondary education in accounting. After 42 years of employment, she has recently relinquished her ownership role in a steel fabrication company in Winnipeg.

Gerald and Janet recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have two sons, three grandsons and one little princess who loves to bake with grandma!

Janet shares that her experience with the League has been very positive and uplifting, and one of growth. From her League sisters, she learned of love and learned to hug! She learned it is okay to share of herself—that she will be loved for it, supported and encouraged along the way. She has learned that members can affect change in governmental processes through resolutions and letter-writing campaigns. Finally, she learned that members share a deep bond of sisterhood. “Blood relatives cannot choose each other, but members can. Members love and support each other with a bond that in many instances, is deeper than that of blood.”

Janet is comforted knowing whatever function she attends, she will always find some of her League sisters there and will always be welcomed.

Allison Klemen
Military Ordinariate Provincial President

Coming soon!

June Brown
New Brunswick Provincial President

June was born in the community of Barnettville outside the Village of Blackville on the beautiful Miramichi River. At an early age, she moved to Moncton with her parents and grew up there. Years later, she was blessed by the birth of her sister Jill. Although she has lived away from the Miramichi for years, her family still maintains a summer home there.

June’s journey began in Saint John in 1981 as a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Council (formerly St. Joseph’s Parish Council). Who knew that the invitation to attend that first meeting would lead to years of new friendships, love of the League and this great country? Since that time, June has served as her parish council chairperson of communications, recording secretary, president-elect, president (two terms) and past president.

Her time served on Saint John Diocesan Council began in 1996 as recording secretary for a two-year term; then from 2000–02 regional chairperson for Saint John/Kings Co. which turned into two more terms lasting until 2006. From 2006-08, June served as second vice-president and chairperson of education and health. She was first vice-president and chairperson of spiritual development (2008-10), president-elect and chairperson of organization (2010-12) and diocesan president (2012-14).

June has served the provincial council as chairperson of community life (2004-06), treasurer (2006-10), second vice-president and chairperson of communications (2014-16) and first vice-president and chairperson spiritual development (2014-16).

From 2016 to 2018, June served as first vice-president and chairperson of spiritual development and from 2018 to 2019, as president-elect and chairperson of organization. In October 2019, due to unforeseen circumstances, June became provincial president.

June’s other experience includes her time as a “Gertrude” Field Worker (1990-92), and she has presented workshops in Saint John/Kings Co. Region and the Miramichi Region. From 2007-14, she was treasurer of the 2014 national convention planning committee, and in 2012 she was appointed provincial coordinator of Catch The Fire! She helped prepare and presented a workshop on preparing an annual report, and in May 2015, June received life membership.

In her personal life, June is the mother of two adult children. Her working life was spent as a helper in a private kindergarten. She then spent years as a parish secretary at St. Joseph’s Church in Saint John and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Rothesay, a job which brought much gratification to her life. Now retired, June continues to volunteer at her church, where she is a current member of the liturgy committee and the pandemic committee. June is also blessed because her parents are still in their own home and will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in June 2021, God willing.

For more than 30 years, June has been a member of a local dance group, Fun’D Cloggers. The group has shared joy and sorrow over the years and has entertained at seniors’ homes and various social gatherings in the area.

Encouraged by mentors, family and friends, the League has been an ongoing learning experience for June. The League of the future is exciting and open to new ideas and concepts.

Judy Hodge
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial President

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Joline Belliveau
Nova Scotia Provincial President

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Colleen Perry
Ontario Provincial President

Colleen was born and raised in the Ottawa area and still lives there with her family. Her children and grandchildren are the light of her life.

Colleen retired after a 42-year career with Bell Canada, a job she started as a summer position, while originally studying to become a teacher. Her career took her through many technical positions, but she spent most of her years as a trainer and staff manager. Teaching was, after all, what she was meant to do!

Although public speaking has never been her favourite thing, she has never felt uncomfortable talking to members. Colleen loves to speak about her League journey and often talks to complete strangers about the League and its work.

An active member of her parish, Collen joined the League in 2003 when her pastor asked her to help re-establish the League in the parish. That first night she was elected president, later becoming Ottawa diocesan president from 2009-2011. Colleen was elected to the Ontario Provincial executive in July 2011 and served as chairperson of the legislation (2011-2013), communications (2013-2015), education and health (2015-2017) and organization (2017-2019) standing committees. In 2016, she was honoured to accept life membership.

As a focus for her term as provincial president she has asked members to educate themselves and others on the topic of loneliness. It is only by education and awareness that members can begin to alleviate the loneliness suffered by those around them, including themselves.

Colleen leads a simple life of service, caring primarily for her aging parents who are both in their 80s. She enjoys social interaction and that has inspired both her professional and personal life.

The League has provided Colleen with the opportunity to meet many wonderful women of faith, and influenced her life both personally and spiritually. It is her passion, just ask her!

Marilyn Gay Garvey
Prince Edward Island Provincial President

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Rosa Lam
Quebec Provincial President

Rosa Lam was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Chinese, non-Catholic father and a Venezuelan, Catholic, mother. Rosa is the firstborn daughter in her family and has six siblings.

Fifty years ago, Rosa found refuge in Canada after escaping an abusive husband. She has three children and is the proud grandmother to five grandchildren and great-grandmother to two great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.

With very little knowledge of English, Rosa began her studies at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), where she earned an honours science degree. Many years later, while raising her family and working full time, she obtained a master’s degree in computer science.

Rosa retired as a professor in the computer science department of Vanier College after 35 years of teaching.
While working as the head of the computer science department at Vanier College, Rosa met a beautiful man that became her husband and pillar for her church and League activities. Rosa believes, “Mike was the angel that God sent me.” The Lord called Mike home to heaven three years ago.

An active member of St. Luke Parish (Montreal), Rosa serves on the special events committee, including as a funeral server, and organizes a biannual multicultural festival.

Rosa enjoys travelling for leisure, pilgrimages and connecting with family. Her travels have brought her to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, parts of Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean and throughout North America.

As a member for 30 years, Rosa has held many positions in the League at many levels. One of her favourite League activities has been organizing pilgrimages, such as a visit to the Holy Door in Quebec City, and helping to organize retreats at Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal.

Chantal Devine
Saskatchewan Provincial President

One of the God-filled moments that reinforced Chantal’s faith in God and the value of belonging to a faith-based organization occurred when she met Pope St. John Paul II on September 16, 1984, in Edmonton, Alberta. At the time, her husband, Grant, was premier of Saskatchewan, and they, along with Alberta Premier Mr. Peter Lougheed and his wife, were greeting His Holiness in an official capacity. Minutes before the pope’s plane landed, Chantal left the group and went off to pray. She asked God that the pope’s visit would be a blessing to her family. After deplaning, the Holy Father was welcomed by the premiers, then by Chantal. The Holy Father turned from her to greet the next person in line, but before he did, he stopped, turned, and walked back to Chantal and looking straight into her eyes, said, “God bless your family!” At that moment, for Chantal, the world stood still, and she felt God’s presence!

Chantal was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family with European roots. As a first-generation Canadian, her first language was Luxembourg German. In 1948, her family moved to Belgium, where she started school and learned to speak French. In 1953, she and her family returned to Marquis, Saskatchewan.

Chantal attended Regina Teacher’s College, graduating with a teaching diploma, and later obtained an arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in French and English. Her knowledge of the French language served her well in her teaching profession and continues today in her employment with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools as a French teacher.

Chantal joined the League in 1974. Life came full circle when, in 2002, after living in Regina for 22 years, she and Grant moved to a ranch northwest of Moose Jaw. This enabled her to join St. John the Evangelist Parish Council in her hometown of Marquis, where her mother had been a member for decades. In June 2019, shortly after Chantal became provincial president, she was the guest speaker at St. John the Evangelist Parish Council’s 90th anniversary celebration.

Throughout her lifetime, Chantal has spent many hours volunteering for various organizations. In 2002, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, which was followed in 2012 with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In the ’90s, while living in Regina, Chantal served on the executive of Christ the King Parish Council. In 2008, she joined the Regina diocesan executive and served as chairperson of Christian family life, legislation, and as president from 2011-2013. In June 2013, Chantal was appointed by the bishops of Saskatchewan to the board of the Catholic Health Ministry of Saskatchewan, now known as Emmanuel Care, where she served for six years. During those years, Chantal also served in various positions on the CWL provincial executive. On June 3, 2019, she was installed as provincial president and received life membership in the League. She chose the theme of Inclusion, with a special focus on befriending Indigenous and international sisters, and including girls by introducing the Catholic Girls League (CGL) to Saskatchewan. The first CGL was started at Holy Spirit Parish in October 2019.

In 2018, Chantal and Grant moved to Saskatoon and joined Holy Spirit Parish where she serves in the music and liturgical ministries. Chantal is forever grateful for the many blessings God has bestowed on her family of five children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.