NEWSLETTER OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2017

CWL ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY COUNCIL

NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER, 2017

 

The beginning of October saw the council busy delivering Meals on Wheels for the four Fridays of the month. A total of 64 members and friends delivered the meals throughout the city. On October 15, Carol MacKenzie-Gruber, Diocesan Recording Secretary, and Life Members, Suzanne Kiazyk and Albertine Moran attended a workshop in Winnipeg facilitated by Barb Dowding, National Council Past President. The focus was to look at the League and its operations; its motto and objects, and the future of The League.

The Winnipeg Diocesan Council Fall Meeting and Workshop was held on October 28. Reports were held in the morning. Just before lunch the new executive was installed, which included Carol MacKenzie-Gruber, recording secretary for the Winnipeg Diocesan Council. In the afternoon we had guest speaker, Fr. Peter Nemcek on Vocations, and two workshops, one about the treasurer’s reports, and the other on electronic charting.

Elections were held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Six women were elected to the Executive. President Arlene and Life Member Suzanne Kiazyk appealed to the members to answer God’s call, and by Thursday most positions were filled. The Executive for 2018-2019 are: President: Linda Seitz; Treasurer: Helen Forsyth; Recording Secretary: Karen Simard; Corresponding Secretary: Kathy Redman; Organization Co-Chairs: Ann Kamann and Albertine Moran; Spiritual Development: Dianne Fox; Christian Family Life: Laura Bohrn; Community Life: Bernice Lewis; Education and Health: Mary Lou Simms; Legislation and Resolutions: Liz Shewchuk; Past President: Arlene Elves. Vacant positions include Communications, President Elect, and the Vice presidents.

On November 11, President Arlene and Community Life Chair Ann attended the annual Remembrance Day Service to lay a wreath on behalf of the CWL.

At the November 28 Executive meeting, the old and new executive met with the old executive handing over the books to the new executive. Below: the out-going and the in-coming executive. Installation of the new executive will be held at the Annual General Meeting on January 2, 2018.

A team of 7 members made 158 visits to the hospital and nursing homes this past year, and CWL Connect sent out 22 Thanksgiving cards, 10 Christmas cards and 11 poinsettias to cherished members. The poinsettias are purchased through Westman Hospice so it is a gift given twice. Also several members volunteered to help the Salvation Army with their kettle campaign beginning in November and running until Christmas Eve. By year’s end, Corresponding secretary, Karen sent out approximately 110 cards for various occasions.

We held our Christmas party on December 5, and about seventy people enjoyed a wonderful meal provided by Mark Hagan. We were entertained by the Brandon Ukulele Club, ably assisted on bells by our own Ann Kamann. Items collected for St. Vincent de Paul included 19 boxes of cereal, 4 boxes of pasta, 12 jars of peanut butter, 56 canned items, 7 miscellaneous food items., and 5 pairs of mitts. We collected slightly over $300.00 for Esk-Omi Missions. Thank you everyone, for your generosity.

Members donated about 20 dozen cookies to be handed out to the people who came to get hampers from St. Vincent de Paul on Wednesday, Dec. 20, as well as scarves, Christmas ornaments and toys.

On Thursday, December 21, President Arlene, President incumbent Linda, Past President Carol and Treasurer Helen met for two hours to prepare the budget for the coming year.

Upcoming events:

January 2, 2018: Annual General Meeting with Installation of Executive

January 30: Executive Meeting @ Bernice Lewis’

February 6: General Meeting

February 10: 18th Annual Provincial Council Day of Celebration at St. Emile Parish

February 14: Ash Wednesday

February 16: Stations of the Cross led by CWL

February 27: Executive Meeting @ Liz Shewchuk’s

March 2: World Day of Prayer

March 27: Karen Simard’s

April 13/14: Winnipeg Diocesan Annual Convention at St. Michael’s, Gimli

August 12-15: Annual National Convention in Winnipeg, MB. Plan to attend this great event in our back yard.

We pray you and yours have had a blessed Christmas, with much to be grateful for this past year, and more to look forward to in the New Year.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel always be the guide and model for our Christian life.

CWL RESOLUTIONS 2015

Following are the resolutions from the National Convention held in Vancouver in 2015 with the suggested actions plans. Please read and do what you can to implement some of the action plans in your daily life.

Resolutions from National Convention 2015
2015.01 Increased Early Intervention and Access to Children and Youth Mental Health Services
Whereas, An estimated 1.2 to 2 million children and youth in Canada suffer from mental illness, yet less than 20% receive access to appropriate supports, treatment or care due to long wait periods; and
Whereas, This lack of services may contribute to suicide, the leading cause of non-accidental death among youth, which could be decreased through early intervention; and
Whereas, Child and youth mental health is an area of shared federal and provincial/territorial jurisdiction; therefore, be it
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 95th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government, in collaboration with provincial/territorial governments, to provide increased early intervention and access to children and youth mental-health programs; and be it further
Resolved, That this resolution be forwarded through the national executive to the other ten provincial councils, encouraging them to become aware of this issue as it pertains to their province/territory, and to act on it, as deemed necessary/prudent.
Action Plan:
1. Write letters to the prime minister, minister of health and local members of parliament, urging the federal government to invest in pan-Canadian efforts to provide early intervention and access to youth suicide prevention initiatives and programs.
2. Write letters to provincial and territorial governments urging them to increase access to appropriate supports, treatment and care for youth mental health services in their province/territory.
3. Provide information and resources to members and the public regarding the need for youth mental health services, including early intervention and youth suicide prevention initiatives and programs.

2015.02 Ban Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products
Whereas, Plastic non-biodegradable microbeads in personal care products have been identified as a source of pollution in waterways; and
Whereas, The House of Commons voted to take measures to add microbeads to the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; therefore, be it
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 95th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products; and be it further
Resolved, That this resolution be forwarded through the national executive to the other ten provincial councils, encouraging them to become aware of this issue as it pertains to their province/territory, and to act on it, as deemed necessary/prudent.
Action Plan
1. Write letters to federal/provincial/territorial ministers of health and environment, urging protection of Canada’s waterways through legislation banning plastic microbeads from personal care products
2. Write letters to the manufacturers of personal care products containing microbeads, urging them to switch to biodegradable alternatives.
3. Become knowledgeable about the effects of plastic microbeads on the environment.
4. Avoid purchasing products containing microbeads by checking their list of [avoid polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephlatate (PET) or polymethacrylate (PMMA)].
5. Invite a speaker dealing with health and/or environmental issues concerning plastic microbeads.

2015.03 Banning the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides
Whereas, Neonicotinoid pesticides are increasingly found in the ecosystem, posing a risk to pollinators, birds and invertebrates; and
Whereas, Neonicotinoid pesticides, widely used in Canadian agriculture and horticulture, are a class of neuro-active, nicotine-based insecticides; therefore, be it
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 95th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides; and be it further
Resolved, That this resolution be forwarded through the national executive to the other ten provincial councils, encouraging them to become aware of this issue as it pertains to their province/territory, and to act on it, as deemed necessary/prudent.
Action Plan
1. Write letters to your local members of parliament requesting a ban on the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
2. Avoid buying neonicotinoid treated seeds, seedlings, or products that contain neonicotinoids. Purchase organic plant seedlings or grow plants from untreated seeds in organic potting soil for home gardens.
3. Advise local nursery managers/greenhouses you will only purchase plants free of neonicotinoids and ask managers to communicate your request to their suppliers.
4. Avoid the use of systemic bee-toxic pesticides in your garden. These products may contain acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, thiacloprid and dinotefuran as active ingredients.
5. If you have these products at home, dispose of them as municipal hazardous waste or take them back to the store where you bought them.
6. Provide habitat for pollinators by planting untreated pollinator-friendly trees and flowers.
2015.04 Invoke Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the case of Carter v. Canada
Whereas, Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, commonly known as the notwithstanding clause, may be invoked in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on February 6, 2015 that struck down the Criminal Code of Canada prohibitions on assisted suicide in the case of Carter v. Canada; and
Whereas, The purpose of the notwithstanding clause is to give elected government the legislative authority to overturn or suspend a judicial court ruling in matters of public policy; and
Whereas, Legalized physician-assisted suicide has broad implications for all Canadian citizens, especially for the vulnerable in society facing end-of-life decisions and the medical professionals who are called to care for them, and thus requires more time than allowed for by the Supreme Court ruling so that consultation and dialogue can occur; therefore, be it
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 95th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to invoke Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, keeping the present law against physician-assisted suicide in force, notwithstanding the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Carter v. Canada.
Action Plan
1. Write to the prime minister, minister of justice, minister of health and local members of parliament urging the federal government to invoke the notwithstanding clause, in response to the Supreme Court of Canada in the case ofCarter v.Canada
2. Educate members on end-of life issues and ethical responses
3. Monitor governments’ response to the request contained in this resolution

2015.05 Reinstatement of the Mandatory Long-Form Census
Whereas, In 2010, the federal government replaced the mandatory long-form census
with a voluntary National Household Survey; and
Whereas, The response rate between the mandatory long-form census and the voluntary National Household Survey dropped 24.2%, weakening the quality and availability of data in the areas of employment, housing, education, immigration and income; and
Whereas, Businesses, governments, educational institutions, health services, non-profits and charities use geographic statistics for allocating money and resources; therefore, be it
Resolved, That national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 95th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal government to amend the Statistics Act to reinstate the mandatory long-form census.
Action Plan
1. Write to the prime minister, the minister of finance and local members of parliament, urging the federal government to reinstate the mandatory long-form census.
2. Educate members on the role of the mandatory long-form census in collecting reliable data to inform decision-making.
3. Generate questions for members to bring forward to candidates in the federal election, asking their position on reinstating of the long-form census.
4. Monitor the government’s response to the request contained in this resolution.