Our Staff

Executive Director: Kim Scammell  executivedirector@cwl.ca (national executive, magazine, policy)
Senior Accounting Clerk: Valroy Anderson accounting@cwl.ca (orders, per capita fees, payables)
Executive Secretary: Amanda McCormick communications@cwl.ca (conventions, recording and corresponding secretary, resolutions, bursaries, social media, life membership and meetings)
Membership Coordinator: Katherine Choi  membership@cwl.ca (membership renewals, member records and member years of service)
Office Assistant: Deborah Villeneuve  officeassistant@cwl.ca (insurance, deceased members, parish council records, archives)
Office Clerk: Geraldine Arenas clerk@cwl.ca (assists with membership and orders)

All other inquiries should be sent to info@cwl.ca for forwarding to the appropriate respondent.

Kim Scammell, Executive Director

Kim Scammell was born and raised in Winnipeg and obtained her bachelor of science in genetics in 1988, and her chartered accounting designation in 1992. Gaining a knowledge of many different industries as an articling student, Kim felt called to serve in the not-for-profit sector, as she found the staff, members and volunteers in non-profits truly seek to create a more just and enriching society. The League is no exception.

Holding the position of executive director since 1999, she appreciates serving a dynamic board of dedicated and faith-filled Catholic women, many of whom have been a role model for her in her own journey of self-discovery.

Kim is married to David and together they have five children, Marc, Alanna, Rebekah, Katy and Nikki. She is thoroughly grateful for the joy her children have brought, and continue to bring, to her life. Welcoming new members to the family, Janice, Brad, Becky, Ethan and Piper, family gatherings are cause for great celebration.

Currently, a parishioner of Mary, Mother of the Church, Kim was baptized into the Catholic faith at the age of 28 at St. Ignatius Church in Winnipeg. She has served as a volunteer at St. Amant (service to those with developmental challenges), Independent Living Resource Centre (service to those with physical challenges), On the Move daycare (member at large), Aerials Gymnastics Club (treasurer and president), St. Ignatius School Board (treasurer), St. Ignatius and Mary, Mother of the Church finance committees, World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations Canadian Endowment Fund (treasurer), and founding member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, embroidery, music of all genres, running, yoga and especially travel. She is an avid rugby, track and field, and CFL football fan. Currently learning Swahili, she is passionate about the education and opportunities for young women in Tanzania.

Valroy Anderson, Senior Accounting Clerk

Valroy Anderson was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica. He is married with one son named Sean. Valroy’s personal attributes include ambition, thoughtfulness and generosity. He excels at maintaining a pleasant and calm manner, even during high pressure or tense circumstances.

Valroy’s motto is to always strive for what you believe in, what you desire, and what you are most passionate about. His words of advice are to always remember to trust in God, that nothing comes easy, and that with God everything is possible.

Valroy has always had big dreams. As a child, one of his biggest goals was to successfully travel to the moon when he grew up. He believes his biggest weakness is that he is confident in everything he does and feels his indolence sometimes tries to get the best of him. He is a very optimistic person and believes the sun will always shine tomorrow, and that God is always in control.

During his spare time, Valroy loves to play and watch sports, particularly soccer, cricket, hockey and football. He loves music and can often be heard singing soulful ballads.

Amanda McCormick, Executive Secretary

Amanda McCormick is a lifelong Winnipegger who has been with the League since 2011. Joining the national office team originally as the seasonal data entry clerk/casual office assistant, she has served the League in a variety of roles, becoming the membership coordinator in 2013, adding the responsibilities of convention coordinator in 2018, and moving on to the role of executive secretary in May 2019.

Amanda has an educational background in medical laboratory science and has taken courses related to the non-profit sector with the Canadian Society of Association Executives in collaboration with Seneca College. She believes in pursuing excellence, self-teaching/discovery and is determined to conquer any task thrown at her. She is, however, terrible at camping, cannot handle seeing spiders, and frequently finds herself lost, having to call co-workers to give her directions back to the office.

Resolutions, listening to members’ stories of their love for the League, viewing historical documents, and convention-related tasks are some of Amanda’s favourite aspects of working at national office.

Amanda’s greatest joy is being a mom to her teenage daughter Brianna, an author, public speaker and activist for Indigenous women and girls and Canadian youth. During her spare time, Amanda can be found reading and spending time with family. A former athlete, Amanda is a national high-performance judge/official in the sport of gymnastics and travels to some of the top competitions across Canada.

Blessed to work with caring, humble coworkers, Amanda appreciates the opportunity to contribute as a member of the team at national office.

Katherine Choi, Membership Coordinator

Katherine Choi is excited and glad to have the opportunity to join the team at The Catholic Women’s League of Canada.

Katherine came to Canada as an international student from Hong Kong 16 years ago. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba in human ecology, concentrating on family economics, health and child and adolescent development. Katherine is married to Wayne and has a three-year-old son Timothy. As a mother, daughter, wife and friend she strives to take more responsibilities in life and be a better person, with a goal to be a good role model for her son.

With more than seven years of work experience in administration, customer service and management, in education, legal, insurance and non-profit organizations,  the knowledge and experience she has gained have enhanced her ability to do better in many aspects of life. Katherine believes respect, trust and communication are the three key components in all relationships, at home, work and in social life.

In her spare time, Katherine loves spending time with her family and loved ones, cooking, listening to music, sewing, and watching movies. She loves travelling, trying new cuisine and restaurants in town, and meeting new people, and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese.  She is glad the League promotes a healthy balance between quality work and family life.

Katherine is a quick learner, able to adapt easily to new situations. As a lifelong learner, she is ready to take on the challenge of the membership coordinator position. Katherine cannot wait to learn more about the League, contribute as a national office team member and looks forward to interacting with members.

Deborah Villeneuve, Office Assistant

Deborah Villeneuve is a small-town girl, the youngest in a large family of 12. Growing up, Deborah looked up to the town’s police chief at the time, her dad. Deborah’s family attended St. Nereus and Achilleus Roman Catholic Church in Neche, North Dakota.

In her youth, she was shy around strangers, which she believes was a result of having a large family and never getting a word in edgewise. In her twenties, Deborah decided to read psychology books to help her overcome her shyness.

Throughout her working life, Deborah was blessed to have great jobs. She worked at Northern Telecom in her twenties and moved on to work as a medical office manager for more than four years, which she truly enjoyed. While working in the medical office, she overcame her shyness and discovered the extrovert she truly is, along with the joy she feels working and dealing with a variety of people each day.

Deborah spent 18 years in sales, 12 of which were in the alarm industry. This involved lots of outgoing and solid customer service, accuracy in highly confidential matters, paperwork and contracts. She developed many referral partners and put all her efforts into making her clients and business partners happy and satisfied with the systems, thoroughly enjoying her work. For five years, she sold major appliances at Sears, which she found to be an interesting experience.

During her spare time, Deborah is a sketch artist, paints and loves colour and creativity, using her artwork to decorate her home. Cooking is one of Deborah’s passions and she finds it relaxes her, even after a busy day. She enjoys making new recipes, including curries, soups and various ethnic foods. Deborah was married for 17 years and has three lovely cats, taking joy in the beauty of animals. Deborah is grateful for her friends and the people in her life who love her. She enjoys having good conversations about life and goes out for dinner and dancing once a month to maintain those close friendships.

Deborah is happy to be working with The Catholic Women’s League of Canada and hopes to become a valuable and extremely helpful team member.

Geraldine Arenas, Office Clerk

Geraldine Arenas was born and raised in the Philippines in a Catholic family of five girls. She has been happily married for 23 years and is blessed with two beautiful children. A dentist by profession in the Philippines, Geraldine and her family moved to Singapore for nine years before migrating to Canada in late 2014.

Her experience working in fast-paced environments and different companies has equipped her with the ability to be flexible and organized and enabled her to develop strong time management and prioritizing skills. Geraldine studied at Herzing College and obtained a diploma in the office assistant program, helping her become more employable and enhancing her technology skills.

Geraldine loves nature and enjoys watching sports such as basketball and hockey. She is a film and television fanatic who is captivated by documentaries and true-life stories. Geraldine believes it is always great to have God in the centre of the family.

Being a part of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a pleasure and an honour for Geraldine. She looks forward to enhancing her knowledge and being of service to members.