Executive Profiles

Executive

Anna Tremblay

Administrative Assistant
Directive: Administrative Assistant

Anna and her husband, John, were married in 1971 and have raised three adopted children, now all in their early forties. She was a medical secretary before leaving the work force to raise her family. After the children were in school, she became Parish Secretary, a position she held for 20 years until her retirement in 2006. Both Anna and John are now retired and their best days are spent visiting their 7 year old granddaughter, Hayleigh, in London ON. They are both true northerners and look forward to spending summers at their log cabin on Lake Talon, just outside North Bay ON, where they have lived since 1980.

Her love of scripture led her to become a Lector in 1983 and since then she has developed and facilitated Lector Workshops, annual Days of Reflection for the CWL and earned a Diploma in Theological Studies from Newman Theological College in 2009. A CWL member since 1967, she didn’t become active until 1981 when she was invited to become Communications Chairperson in her home parish of St Peter the Apostle, from whom she received her Maple Leaf Service Pin. She served in several positions on the Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan Council, including North Bay Regional Chairperson, and thoroughly enjoyed ‘birthing’ Catch the Fire! in her diocese before assuming the role of Diocesan President. When not busy fulfilling her League duties, Anna likes to knit, make chocolates and spend time at the cottage. In 2017 She was re-elected for a second term to the Ontario Provincial Council as Spiritual Development Standing Committee Chairperson. She was thrilled to be appointed as Administrative Assistant in July.

Most Reverend Archbishop Marcel Damphousse

Spiritual Advisor

Colleen Perry

President
Directive: 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 is retired after a 41-year career with Bell Canada.

She is an active member of her parish. Colleen joined the Catholic Women’s League in 2003 when her pastor asked her to help re-establish the CWL in the parish. That first night she was elected president. She was Ottawa Diocesan President 2009 -2011. Colleen was elected to Ontario Provincial Council in July 2011 and has served as Legislation Chair (2011-2013), Communications Chair (2013-2015), Education and Health Chair (2015-2017) and Organization Chair (2017-2019).

Colleen was honoured to accept Life Membership in the League in 2016. Colleen enjoys social interaction and that has inspired both her career and her personal life. The Catholic Women’s League has provided her with the opportunity to meet many wonderful women of faith. The League has influenced her life both personally and spiritually. It is her passion, just ask her!

Anne Madden

Past President
Directive: Historian

Anne became a CWL member in 1981 through a gift membership. Her CWL journey has taken her across the country in her varied roles as a diocesan and provincial officer.

She has held positions at the provincial level as legislation chair; 2nd vice-president/resolutions chair; 1st vice-president/spiritual development chairperson, president-elect/organizations chair; and currently provincial president.

Anne was awarded her Life Membership in 2011 and was a member of the national resolutions committee in 2013-15.

Anne and Jim have been married for 41 years; they have eleven children and fourteen grandchildren. She was born in the United States moving to Canada when she married; becoming a Canadian Citizen in 2011.

Anne has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years, completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing on-line in 2013. She works full-time for the Kingston Health Sciences Centre at the Urgent Care Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital site as a senior staff nurse, Mentor, Preceptor and educator.

Anne was blessed to be chosen for the initial cohort of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Leadership Course commencing in April 2018.

Linda Squarzolo

President-Elect
Directive: Organization

Linda was born and raised in the Timmins area. She graduated from North Bay Teachers’ College and moved to Sudbury. After teaching Grades 1 to 8 in several Catholic schools in the Sudbury area, she retired after a career of 28 years. While teaching, she earned a B. A. from Laurentian University, a B. Ed. from Nipissing University and two Education Specialist Certificates. She married Tullio in 1970. They have two sons (an educator and a fireman), a daughter (a doctor) and eleven wonderful grandchildren.

Linda joined the League in 1975 at St. Paul the Apostle Council and served as president, president-elect, recording secretary and chaired the standing committees of resolutions, legislation and education. She was awarded the Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2007. She was appointed to the Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan Council in 2002 as chair of the resolutions and legislation committees. She later held the positions of regional chair, recording secretary and chaired the standing committees of organization, spiritual development and historian. While serving on the diocesan council, she worked on four resolutions. One was approved at a national convention. She was Diocesan President from 2011 to 2013. She has developed and presented several leadership workshops. Linda was appointed the archivist for the Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan Council.

Her mother, daughter, granddaughter, two sisters and mother-in-law are all League members.

At her present parish of Holy Redeemer, she is a lector and a member of the parish social justice committee.

Linda has been a breast cancer survivor for more than 20 years. Her favourite pastimes are reading, knitting, embroidery, travelling, spending time with her grandchildren and doing the work of the League.

She was awarded a Life Membership on a lucky Friday 13th in May 2016. She is currently a member of the Ontario Provincial Council as President-Elect / Organization Chairperson.

Colleen Martin

1st Vice-President
Directive: Christian Family Life

Colleen Martin grew up part of a large family, in a small town in northern Ontario; Atikokan. She attended Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Accounting, then returned to the north to Thunder Bay where she met her best friend Bruce. She and Bruce married in 1987 and have two children, Tamara and Jarred, and a beautiful grandson Noah.

Colleen has been active in the church her whole life. She joined the League in 1992 and has held various positions at the parish, diocesan and provincial level. Colleen’s personal career has led her through a journey with First Nations for nearly 25 years and one of her passions is to bring understanding of, and compassion for, the challenges faced by First Nation peoples through awareness of history and Indian legislation.

Recently, Colleen has been asked to represent the League nationally, as part of a coalition of Catholic partners focused on renewing and strengthening relations with Indigenous people of Canada through the activities focused on reconciliation. Colleen’s goal for the next two years is to focus attention on the President’s theme of loneliness and the sanctity of life.

Wilma Vanderzwaag

2nd Vice President
Directive: Resolutions

Wilma was born and raised in St. Catharines. She is married to Robert and they have been blessed with two children and recently became proud grandparents for the first time. Wilma joined the League in 1987. She served at her parish council as Health & Education, Communications, President-Elect/Organization and President. She was awarded the Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2011. She became a member of the Diocesan Council in 2002. While on the Diocesan Council she chaired the standing committees of Spiritual Development, Health & Education, Resolutions, Organization/President-Elect and became President in 2012. Wilma was elected to the Provincial Council in 2015 and has chaired Community Life, Education and Health and at the present time Resolutions. Wilma is also serving on the sub-committee of Legislation on the National Council. She became a Life Member is 2016. She has developed and presented several leadership workshops for the Diocese and a Resolutions workshop for the Provincial Council. Wilma was a co-leader for training and presenting Catch the Fire. A lifelong parishioner of Star of the Sea, she serves currently in the ministry of hospitality. In 2001, she completed the Diploma in Ministry program from St. Francis Xavier University. Her favourite past times are her family, reading, travelling, and spending time with her sisters in the League across the province.

Marie-Theresa Lamphier

Treasurer
Directive: Treasurer

Marie-Theresa has been married to Larry, who was ordained a deacon in 2011, for the past 50 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. She worked at the Bank for 8 years, then moved on to Chrysler Canada where she held various positions of increasing responsibilities. She retired after 30 years in 2003, worked at home doing book-keeping, then worked as Pastoral Minister for the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Ursula in Chatham from 2008 to 2014.

Her ongoing formation includes attending University of Windsor and receiving her Bachelor of Commerce in 1994, her Masters in Business from Central Michigan in 1996; certificate in Pastoral Ministry from St. Peter’s Catholic Foundation in 2010 and Masters in Religious Education from Assumption University, Windsor in 2014. Marie-Theresa has been a member of The League for 27 years and has held various positions at the parish level and the diocesan level and has facilitated at many of the workshops. She has had many roles in the convention planning for diocesan, provincial and national conventions. She received her Maple Leaf Service pin in 2015 and was elected to Provincial in 2017, as the Communication Chair. She received her Life Membership in 2019. The League has been a gift and a blessing to her! She has had the opportunity to put many of the objects of the league into practice by reaching out to others in Christ Centered love. She is looking forward to her two year term as Treasurer!

Joanne Hough

Recording Secretary

Joanne Hough has served in many roles as a CWL member for over 35 years. She held positions in St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s League in Lindsay, as education chair, president-elect, president and past president. She has also held diocesan positions such as treasurer and president of the Peterborough Diocesan Council. In addition, Joanne has served on provincial subcommittees for convention minute review and Christian Family Life.

Joanne was awarded her life membership in 2018. She has continued to serve as a member of the St. Mary’s CWL in leading Strategic Planning implementation and booking events on-line for the council. Joanne is working with the past-president of the Peterborough Diocesan CWL with two projects in honour of the 100th Anniversary of The Catholic Women’s League in Canada and the diocesan council. She has prepared and given several workshops on various topics.

Joanne and her late-husband celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2018. She has three children who are teachers and four grandchildren. Joanne is a eucharistic minister and lector in St. Mary’s Church. She has played a leading role in establishing the parish screening program for use throughout the diocese. She presently serves on the executive of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and is the recording secretary for the Women’s Probus Club of Lindsay.

Joanne holds a Master of Education in School Administration and a Specialist Certificate in Special Education. She has a passion for working on behalf of exceptional children and has held several administrative positions in education. Joanne was very pleased to be appointed to the position of recording secretary for the Ontario Provincial CWL Council.

Emma Rose Rayburn

Spiritual Development Chair
Directive: Spiritual Development

Emma was raised in the small village of Monkland, with her six older brothers! The small community along with her parents influence was the perfect background to instill her love for being involved in all things community oriented.

Emma has been a parishioner of St. Anthony’s/St. Michael’s all her life and made all her sacraments there; obviously in no rush to make the remaining sacrament! In September of 1992, she and Kevin were married at her home parish, now theirs, and they have been and continue to be involved in many ministries. Their daily lives are busy as self-employed entrepreneurs. Emma enjoys many hobbies and has turned scrapbooking, cardmaking and quilting into her little business called Auntie Em’s Scrapbooking and Quilting.

The Catholic Women’s League has been Emma’s blessing in disguise. Upon joining the League she was quite content at attending meetings here and there and oh yeah, even said yes to being St. James council’s organization chair – having no idea what it was all about. Her first convention was the game changer! Oh the things she learned! The more she learns the deeper she falls in love with the League, the works and the many blessings received. Plus now she has more sisters then she could have ever dreamed of!

Her mantra has been – If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.

Mary Capobianco

Community Life Chair
Directive: Community Life

Mary was born and raised in Toronto. She has been happily married to her husband Vincent for 41 years. They are blessed with a son Michael, daughter-in-law Shannon, daughter Kathryn and three beautiful grandchildren, Nico, Selina and Noelle. She retired in 2011 after working for Bell Canada for 36 years.

Mary joined the C.W.L. in 1992 at her home parish of Nativity of Our Lord after hearing an appeal from the pulpit during an annual membership drive. Shortly after joining she was elected as the Spiritual Development Standing Chair. She attributes this position for changing her relationship with God, moving Him from the back seat in her life to be her driver and constant companion. Mary continues to serve her parish as a lector and member of the finance committee.

Mary then went on to hold various standing committee chair positions at the parish level before serving as parish president 2000-2001 and received her Maple Leaf pin in 2003. She went on to hold standing committee chair positions at the regional and diocesan levels including serving as diocesan president 2013-2015. In 2015 she was appointed as the Provincial Newsletter Editor and a member of the National Resolutions Committee. She was also appointed as the Toronto Representative on the Capital Campaign Cabinet for the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

Over the years Mary has led the Leadership Public Speaking Course throughout the diocese, rolled out the Catch the Fire initiative and delivered the Diocesan Parish Executive Training Course fondly known as PET; she co-chaired numerous Toronto Diocesan Conventions, was part of the organizing committees for the 2005 and 2009 Provincial Conventions and the 2011 National Convention. In 2017 Mary was honoured to receive her Life Membership as well as her 25-year service pin. In 2018 Mary co-chaired the Ontario Provincial Convention and she is currently the co-chair for the 2021 National Convention which will be held in Toronto.
Mary has served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Catholic Children’s Aid Society for 6 years and now currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
In 2017, Mary was elected to the Provincial council as Recording Secretary. She is honoured to now be serving as the Community Life Standing Chair. Her goal for the next two years is to educate and encourage members to actively promote social justice and human rights issues at home and abroad.

Margie Royle

Legislation Chair
Directive: Legislation

Margie was born and raised in a large and loving Irish Catholic family in Marmora, Ontario. She attended Peterborough Teachers College and began a long career in education, receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Queen’s University along the way and retiring as school principal.

She became actively involved in the League after joining her home parish council, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in Belleville in 1981, serving a term as council president in 1983. Returning to full time work and raising a family of four kept her away from active participation until her retirement in 2006. At that time, she served various positions on her council executive including another term as president. She was very honoured when her council presented her with the Maple Leaf Service pin in 2018. Margie is also involved in her parish as a lector and a co-convenor in sacramental preparation for confirmation and first communion, creating and facilitating retreat days for the candidates for these sacraments.

Margie was host council convenor for the Kingston diocesan convention in 2009. In 2012, she attended national convention in Edmonton and was trained as a facilitator for the new Catch the Fire! initiative. This provided her with the opportunity to become more familiar with her diocese, as she travelled throughout, co-facilitating many CTF workshops. She accepted an appointment on the diocesan council as Legislation Chair in 2013, later becoming diocesan president. In 2017 to 2019, she continued her growth within the League serving on the national resolutions review committee and as a sub committee member with the provincial spiritual development chair.

Margie and her husband John just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in June. They are so very proud of their four grown children and those whom they love. Daily, they discover the joys of grandparenting through their amazing Kennedy, Jake, Lillian and William! They love their cottage time, winter weeks in Florida and spending time with that ‘large and loving family’ that has extended even larger and lovelier as the years go by.

Karen McDonald

Education Health Chair
Directive: Education and Health

Karen is a single gal who was born and raised and lives in Sudbury, Ontario. She obtained a B.A. (Hons) degree in Law & Justice from Laurentian University and has worked as a legal assistant since 1990, the year she joined the CWL. Karen is an avid sports fan, enjoys gardening and being outdoors, watching forensic programs, cooking and Discovery channels, cherishes her time spent with special friends, and loves a challenge!

Karen credits her grandmother and mother for her faith and love of the League. Her father passed away over 30 years ago and she and her mother cherish their League sisters who have always been there. In 2002, Karen was president-elect of her council when it amalgamated with a ladies auxiliary to form Our Lady of Hope council of which she is a proud member. In 2015, Karen was honoured to receive the Maple Leaf Service Pin from her council. Active in her parish, one of her greatest pleasures is singing ‘alto’ in the choir. She co-chaired the 86th diocesan convention in 2006 and was appointed to the Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan Council that year.

At the diocesan level, Karen chaired the spiritual development, resolutions and organization standing committees, and served as treasurer, Sudbury regional chairperson, president and past president. Karen presented League workshops across her diocese including Leadership and Public Speaking, Knowing the League, and Catch the Fire! Elected to the Ontario provincial council in 2017 and 2019, she is blessed to have been legislation chairperson and is currently the education and health chairperson. Karen enjoys the personal interaction with members and feels blessed to serve through her League involvement.

Ann D'Souza

Communications Chair
Directive: Communications

Ann moved to Canada having lived in Goa, Mumbai (Bombay) and Dubai. She is married to Oswald and has two married sons and a grandson. Working in the corporate world keeps her busy, but her family has been instrumental in helping her carry on with various activities; juggling life as a mother, wife, career woman and volunteer.

Ann joined The Catholic Women’s League, when her parish council had been newly formed, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Mississauga. Joining the League provided her with an opportunity to meet women who have, in many ways, influenced her personal and spiritual life. She has held many positions in the League at the Parish level(Communication, President-elect, President), at Region level (CFL) and Peel Regional Chair, and at Diocesan level (Newsletter editor, Communication, President-Elect, President).

Additionally, Ann is part of the team of facilitators that leads the Public Speaking & Leadership Course and facilitates Parish Executive Training (PET), in the Peel Region. She was part of the organizing committee (Secretariat) for the 2011 National Convention, held in Toronto; was a sub-convener for the Toronto Diocesan Convention in 2012 and chaired the Toronto Diocesan Convention in 2013. She was awarded the Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2012.

Ann also volunteers her time for charities and fundraising. In 2013, Ann was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for her work in her community and parish.

Diocesan Presidents

Angela Gaudet

Alexandria-Cornwall Diocesan President

Angela was born in November 1959 to Dutch parents in Aylmer, Quebec.  Her parents moved to Winchester, Ontario when she was 8 ½ years old.

She is the oldest of 7 children – 6 girls and 1 boy.  She worked alongside her parents and siblings on a dairy farm.  She graduated from high school and worked at Nestle Canada in Chesterville for almost ten years.  She believed that she had to leave Nestle’s in order to find her true love.  They met on a blind date and a year later, George and her were married.  This year, they will be celebrating 33 years of marriage.  They were blessed to have 3 amazing sons.  Family was everything and she would mention to people that she had the best of both worlds – raising her family while working alongside George who started a business 25 years ago in May.  They count their blessings every day.

 She became a CWL member at St. Bernard’s in Finch just after she was married.  As the children got older and the business got going, she became more involved in the church and with the CWL.  On the parish level, she was Treasurer for a term, then President.  When she became Past President, she was asked to step in as Diocesan Spiritual Development Chair.  It was a wonderful experience and she was grateful for her husband’s support.  She became Treasurer and the last 3 years because of COVID, held the President-Elect/Organization Chair.  She has learned so much about herself and is grateful for the many wonderful ladies she has met that share her faith. 

Joyce Cotter

Hamilton Diocesan President

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Kincardine Township, as the youngest of five children, Joyce Cotter fondly remembers making mud pies, building forts in the hayloft, and calling the cows in for supper. Through Junior Farmers, Joyce met her husband Paul and they have been married for 34 years. They are blessed with two sons Brent and Shane, daughter–in-law Karla and granddaughter Millicent.

Joyce was confirmed in the United Church but joined the Catholic Church in 1991. Joyce sings in the choir, is part of the collection counting team, and St. Vincent de Paul. She has been a member of The Catholic Women’s League for 28 years at St. Joseph, Fergus.

At council level, Joyce served as resolutions/legislation chair, president for 5 years, and past president. Joyce held the position of Kitchener regional chair, and was elected to diocesan spiritual development chair, 2nd vice-president and Christian family life chair, president-elect, and organization chair. She is currently serving as Hamilton Diocesan President.

Joyce has worked with the public for over 27 years as a cashier at Zehrs. She loves to read, watch movies, listen to music and is a football fan.

Joyce feels privileged to be a part of The Catholic Women’s League. Her life has been enriched by the gifts of friendship, of purpose in serving the Lord, and seeing Christ through member’s action. She believes all members can make a difference and hopes to inspire and encourage you to share your gifts and faith within your council, parish, and community.

Nancy Richer

Kingston Diocesan President

Nancy has been a League member in good standing since 1994. At the parish council level she has served as Communications Chairperson, two terms as Secretary, Organization Chair/President Elect, President and Past President, a position she held for two terms due to the passing of the next President. She remains active at the parish level.

On the diocesan level Nancy served as Region Four Rep for one year. She was then elected to the Recording Secretary position, followed by 1st Vice President/Organization Chair, Treasurer, President Elect/Organization Chair and is now President.

She helped organize and accompanied the group from St. Mary/St. Cecilia Parish to World Youth Day in Toronto. She retired from 13 years active service with Scouts Canada.

Nancy has over 17 years experience in the accounting and secretarial field. She has been the part time bookkeeper/secretary for St. Mary’s Parish, Morrisburg since 2001. In 2016 also took on a part time position at Divine Infant Parish in Orleans as bookkeeper. In 2017 she added another part time job as a part time bookkeeper for Resurrection of our Lord in Ottawa. She worked in the property management field for 8 years in Ottawa before moving to Iroquois.

Nancy has been married to Chris for 30 years and they have two grown children, Madeline and Michael.

Liz McInnis

Hearst-Moosonee Diocesan President

Married to Don for 40 years

We were blessed with one daughter and one son, 6 amazing grandchildren, and most recently, 4 laying hens! I never would have guessed the last item would be part of our life!

I have served as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Parish decorator, Chair of the Parish Council, member of the Finance Committee, RCIA coordinator and instructor on the Parish Spiritual Education Team. I have worked as Parish Secretary for over 10 years. I am a founding member of our Parish’s Hook and Needle Club.  My CWL participation started over 35 years ago with some interruptions along the way due to family and work commitments. I regained my passion for the league over 10 years ago and have served as Spiritual Development Chair for the Parish and the Diocese, Communications Chair, Parish President and now I am starting as Diocesan President. I am a humbled recipient of the Maple Leaf Pin.

I am also an avid Rotarian and have just finished a three year term as Assistant Governor.

I love to read and belong to a monthly book club. I love gardening, scrapbooking, journaling, and spending as much time as possible at our cottage with my husband and family.   

Theresa Ryan

London Diocesan President

Theresa Ryan is the youngest of 13 children and was raised on a dairy farm in Huron County. She started working in a factory after graduating high school where she met her husband of 45 years now. Together they have one daughter and one grand-daughter. Along with working full-time her husband and her take care of the church grounds and cemetery for the past 44 years. Admittedly that job has been mostly done by Francis for the past 11 years.

 They live in Kinkora, a small hamlet about ten minutes northwest of Stratford, Ontario. They have hens, and turkeys in their back yard. You can’t take the farmer out of the person. She has been an active member of the C.W.L.  for 44 years taking on all the executive positions at her parish level and moving on to regional chairperson for Huron-Perth in 2006. Since 2008 she has held the positions of Resolutions, Corresponding Secretary, Christian Family Life, Spiritual Development,  Legislation and  President-Elect /Organization chairperson. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic all positions were froze for a year and she became president at the Annual Meeting of Members held April 20-21st, 2021. Her favourite standing committee was Spiritual Development. She and her husband have been putting on coffee and homemade cookies every Sunday after Mass, outside weather permitting. The C.W.L. have subsidized the cost of this. Parishioners can still be seen on the church lawn an hour after Mass.

 After working for 45 years in two different factories she is now retired and has lots of time to devote toward the C.W.L. She  has enjoyed going to conventions and workshops and loves the education and comradery that they involve. Theresa believes in the importance of mentoring and suggests that we start looking for a replacement for our position while we are still in it.

Josie Rocca

St Catharines Diocesan President

Lynn Lavictoire

Ottawa Diocesan President

Lynn and her husband, Deacon Will have been happily married since 1984 and have raised two children and now cherish the fruits of two granddaughters. Growing up, Lynn had a passion for competitive swimming, water-polo and a flair for fashion. Lynn has worked for Bell Canada for 41 years and continues to enjoy it. Her studies were in Fashion Design and Electronics Engineering. She is also a part-time student at Saint Paul University, received her degree, Honours Bachelor of Theology in 2018 and is currently enrolled in doing her Masters of Divinity. In her parish, Lynn was the head of the Reader Ministry for 17 years and pioneered the Funeral Ministry. She has always been active in parish life as a Reader, Altar Server, Minister of Communion, and Psalmist. She has been an active member in her council since 2003. At the parish and diocesan levels, Lynn has served in the chairs of spiritual development, secretary, Christian family life, communications, resolutions/legislation, organization, president-elect and president. She also enjoys taking courses in parliamentary procedures. Her passion in the League was being part of the Liturgy chair on the occasion of the 2010 National Convention that was held in Ottawa.

Joan Lemay

Pembroke Diocesan President

Joan (Lajoie) was raised in Marmora Ontario, in Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. She received her diploma as a Registered Nurse from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Peterborough Ontario in 1969.She retired in 2016, after a fulfilling career in nursing. She has been married to Eugene for 50 years.

Joan joined St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL in 2000, and she has served as chair on several committees, and 2 terms as president. She joined the Pembroke Diocesan Council 4 years ago, and has served as Community Life Chair, and Organization Chair/President Elect, before becoming President in May 2019.

Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan

Peterborough Diocesan President

Paddy Fitzgerald Nolan ~ legal name Patricia as the priest wouldn’t allow her father to baptize her as Paddy. She has been married since 1979 to Brian Nolan, mother of 3 amazing daughters, grammie to 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

Born and raised in Godfrey ON, she received all her sacraments at Scared Heart of Jesus in Bedford.

Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, Catherine Hickey Fitzgerald was the first secretary in Bedford, at Scared Heart of Jesus in 1931 to 1933, followed by her mother who has been a member for over 60 plus years.

34 of her 39 years have been spent in the Peterborough Diocese. She has held many positions over her years along with running several workshops.

On a weekly basis she volunteers at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) as a spiritual care giver along with her dog Citori. Citori can brighten anyone’s day. At KGH everyone knows Citori’s name.

She keeps busy with softball as well as being treasurer, convenor, board member at two levels, a gm chair. She is fortunate to be renamed Team ON fastball manager for U21 (Men’s fastball under 21) for a second term of a four year cycle.

Together as a family, they produce maple syrup, along with running two small businesses out of their home. Her husband is now the local handy man and she is a grief counsellor specializing in suicide grief. She is a member of Bereavement Ontario Network as a regional rep for Belleville and Kingston.

Her passion is volunteering with victims of crimes.

In her spare time she loves to go 4 wheeling, read true crime, and volunteering with grief and hospice.

Cathy McKinney

Sault Ste Marie Diocesan President

Cathy is a third generation Catholic Women’s League member joining in 1981 when her mother gifted her a membership on her sixteenth birthday. She has been married to Ted for 29 years and together they have two adult daughters.

She has been active in the League most of her adult life from sitting on the parish executive as the Christian Family Life Chair, to baking teams and President for two terms in the early 2000’s. Cathy was active in convention planning for several years including chairing the Liturgy planning for a Diocesan convention as well as chairing a convention in 2010. She was also active on the regional level serving as the Liturgy chairperson for the region of Sault Ste. Marie.

At the Diocesan level, Cathy has served as the legislation chairperson, recording secretary as well as serving as the Spiritual Development and organization chairperson. As the Diocesan President, Cathy hopes that the new strategic plan gives rebirth to our dear League.

Maria Bertoldo

Thunder Bay Diocesan President

Maria joined the Catholic Women’s League in 1993 at St. Dominic’s Church in Thunder Bay, and was the chair for several standing committees including Communication, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Spiritual Development before serving as the council President from 2010 to 2012. She went on to serve on the Diocesan Council and held the Education and Health chair as well as Communications, Spiritual Development and Organization. Maria was born in Italy and traveled to Canada with her mother and brother, when she was 22 months old. Her 28-year career as a travel agent afforded her the possibility of extensive travel and the pleasure of assisting clients to plan their dream vacations. She also worked for 12 years in an International Social Service office and currently works at St. Dominic’s church.

Maria continues to be active in her home parish CWL council by assisting with annual bazaars, teas and other events. She also participates in the Sunday Mass as Eucharistic Minister. Maria is married and has a daughter and a son and two young grandsons.

Annette Kelly

Timmins Diocesan President

Annette Kelly lives in Timmins with her husband, Philippe. Married 49 years, they have five daughters and five grandchildren.

Fortunate to be able to stay at home while her children were growing up.

Annette has volunteered as a La Leche League leader from 1980-1992, supporting and teaching breastfeeding mothers, and as a Lamaze instructor for several years, preparing couples for childbirth. Phil & Annette were trained as a teacher-couple in 1976 for Serena, a Natural Family Planning organization, actively teaching the Sympto-Thermal method until 2007.

Annette served as President of the local Campaign Life Coalition pro-life group for a number of years, and promoted and billeted speakers and numerous young people from the Chastity Challenge teams, who had opportunities to speak to her own children on a one-to-one basis.

Annette received training and now volunteers with the Timmins Horizon Palliative Care group accompanying people who are dying. She is a Eucharistic minister and lector at her parish. Until recently, she was coordinator of the CWL Funeral Luncheon committee.

Annette joined C.W.L. in 1989 and is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish Council. Annette has been active in almost all executive positions at parish and diocesan levels and served at provincial level as Christian Family Life chair and as Recording Secretary. She has given and promoted the Leadership Training and Public Speaking Course to members.

In 2014, Annette was very proud to receive her Life Member pin. In this, her second time as Diocesan President, Annette’s goal is to promote environmental awareness and change in keeping with the national theme and to encourage greater communication at the diocesan level and with the parish presidents.

Hilarion Mitchell

Toronto Diocesan President

Hilarion was encouraged to be a member of the Catholic Women’s League on her mother’s advice, who was not a member at the time. As a young career mom in 1998, she joined St. John Fisher Council in Brampton. She credits the League for the influence it had on how she raised her family; strengthened her Catholic values; enhanced her professional life and assisted with a better understanding of the importance of volunteerism.

Hilarion held many positions at the parish, regional and diocesan levels. She chaired her council’s 50th and 55th anniversaries. In 2009, she received her Maple Leaf Service Pin. Hilarion is also active in her parish as a Lector and was a past Eucharistic Minister. At the diocesan level she served as 2nd VP/Spiritual Development, 1st VP/Resolutions, Legislation and Christian Family Life. Hilarion has facilitated League development courses and is proud to have relaunched the Leadership & Public Speaking Course in the Fall of 2017. She has assisted on a number of diocesan convention planning committees. She was one of the sub-conveners for the Prayer Room, Vesting Room and Liturgy at the 2018 OPC Convention held in Toronto. Hilarion was one of the National CWL Catch the Fire Sparks, appointed for Ontario. One of her priorities as the Toronto Diocesan President, is to champion and celebrate the richness of the diversity within the diocese.

Hilarion is married to Glen who has gifted her with their three sons, her passion besides CWL. She is a Registered Dietitian and promotes healthy eating throughout the lifespan. For relaxation, she likes to cycle, take long walks around the neighborhood, dinner dances, cruising and now football with her youngest playing professional football. She grew up listening to Desiderata and her favourite mantra in recent years is, “God is in Control”. Hilarion strongly believes that the CWL is an excellet organization for Catholic women.