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Planning Strategically

Throughout the history of the Catholic Women's League of Canada, adaptations have taken place when signs of the times indicated adaptation was necessary.

As the League approaches 100 years, members are being called to do so again. Strategic planning was set in motion at the fall 2016 national executive meeting and a committee was struck with the understanding that the plan must address all levels of the League.

Members are requested to add their own comments online until July 18, 2018.

National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Registry

The horrific bus accident in Saskatchewan has brought to the forefront the issue of organ and tissue donation. Logan Boulet, one of the hockey players, had recently signed his donation card. His family were aware of this and honored his wishes. Six people have received the gift of his organs.

At the 91st Annual Convention in 2011 of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, Resolution 2011.03 was brought to the floor and passed. We, as members of the CWL need to remember that we can lend our voice to this important initiative. Our provincial and federal governments need to hear our voices.

Encourage your councils to support the resolution by registering to be an organ and tissue donor in Alberta.
1. Register online at: 
2. Visit a local registry office and pick up a pamphlet for organ donation. It gives you the information and how to register.

Remember that 1 organ donor can save 8 lives and 1 tissue donor can enhance the lives of 75.

The resolution and brief are included in the Resolutions Communiqué in the Provincial Spring Memos.

Job search: CCEF Executive Director

The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (“CCEF”) is seeking a new executive director.  The CCEF is a non-profit charitable organization established to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in need in the Calgary Catholic School District. This is a part-time position which would begin in August 2018.  Our current executive director is a retired principle with the Calgary Catholic School District.  Knowledge of or experience within the Calgary Catholic school district would be beneficial for this opportunity.  If you know anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please refer them to our website: 

Birdies for Kids


Birdies for Kids (BFK) is an initiative by the Shaw Charity Classic Golf tournament.

We are asking any councils that give donations to either Elizabeth House or Feed the Hungry Garden, to give via the Shaw Charity Classic’s Birdies for Kids as they are matching the funds up to 50%

Until September 2, 2018, your contributions will be matched up to 50%! Read the letter to Elizabeth House for details. 100% of all funds donated through the Foundation go directly to Elizabeth House.


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta (Habitat) brings the community together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership.

One of the key challenges for clergy and faith communities is finding new and impactful ways to bring the Divine Presence into the world through acts of loving-kindness and compassion.
So many needs and crises compete for our attention and resources daily that we can easily become overwhelmed. However, providing a safe and affordable home can literally change a person or a family’s world.
The Interfaith Build Project in support of Habitat for Humanity is a unique opportunity for all faith communities to come together to put their faith into action and help build stability and independence for Calgary families in need of affordable housing.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary has made a generous pledge of $300,000 over two years (2017 and 2018). The first pledge of $150,000 came in 2017 and the second pledge will come through fundraising efforts.
There will be many opportunities over the next two years to engage in spreading awareness about the issue of housing instability, raising funds for the Interfaith Build Project and volunteering at our build sites.

For more information:

Please see the attached information if you would like to help with this project.

Canada Summer Jobs program

Please see the Bishop's blog for more information on this important matter, its seriousness and potential consequences.

Our Diocesan President will represent the CWL on this issue. Please contact your MP and others on behalf of yourself.

 It takes only two minutes to sign an E-petition urging the federal government to remove the discriminatory attestation requirement from the "Canada Summer Jobs" application. Currently, organizations must attest that their "core mandate" respects human rights in Canada, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms... and reproductive and abortion rights, or they are ineligible for funding. To speak up and voice your opposition, visit: and search for “Canada Summer Jobs.” e-1434 is open for signatures to Apr 19; e-1484 is open to June 6.

Employment Opportunities

For employment and volunteer opportunities within the Catholic Diocese of Calgary please visit the website for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

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