“The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then defend life.” St. John Paul II”

Dear Sisters in the League:

Welcome back to a new year of service to God, the world and each other. I am very honoured and humbled to serve as your new Resolution Chair. I have held this chair on the Vancouver Diocesan Council and realize the great responsibility and opportunity given to me. We know the League has the enviable position of taking members Resolutions to the Provincial and Federal Governments on an annual basis. Additionally, and just as important, if not more so, is the education and action of our members. We need them to meet with and write letters to our Government officials, supporting our active resolutions. The importance of meeting with elected officials was made abundantly clear to me over the past year, as I met with my M.P. on three different occasions. In March I had the privilege of representing the League at the Federal Justice and Human Rights Hearings on Human Trafficking. I presented 5 of our resolutions on this subject, dating back to 1994. The invitation to appear is what I call my Miracle, so imagine my surprise when the League was publicly thanked and recognized for all of our work, by a Member of Parliament in front of 15 other groups. He even stopped and spoke privately to Barbara Renaud and me before leaving insisting that we continue to visit and how important we were.

At our BC & Yukon convention in Whitehorse in June six resolutions were passed. They were forwarded to National and all but one accepted. I provide the following details.
BC 01 Blessed Be Jesus’ Most Holy Name – National Resolution committee forwarded to National Spiritual Development Chairperson for action.
BC 02 Promote “Compassionate Community Care” this resolution was not accepted at this time due to the need for 1 year of audited financial statements to become a National Voluntary fund.
BC 03 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 123 (SOGI 123) Resolution to be distributed to provincial councils as we requested.
BC 04 Attestation Requirement on Federal Government Funding Resolution accepted, presented and passed at the 98th National Convention.
BC 05 Legislate Designation of Hospice/Palliative Care, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Free – Resolution accepted, presented and passed at the 98th National Convention.
BC 06 Recognize and Legislate Rights of Faith-based Health Care Facilities Resolution accepted and presented at the 98th National Convention. It was defeated.

The following three Resolutions were passed at the 98th National Convention and will be posted on the national site at www.cwl.ca.

2018.01 Community Life Attestation Requirement on Canada Summer Jobs Program
2018.02 Education and Health Setting a Standard for Products Marketed as Flushable
2018.03 Legislation Legislate Designation of Hospice/Palliative Care Services in Facilities to Exclude Medical Assistance in Dying.

Training-Workshops

While it is gratifying to hear that some council members are excited to take action on resolutions, many are not. All dioceses will soon have received the Chocks Away workshop on Resolutions. I know in my diocese women were excited and anxious to get going on writing one. What are you doing in your diocese to ensure that members gain the knowledge and confidence to do so? What do you do to reach the councils who do not attend general meetings? Are you aware that the Provincial council has a League Development fund and that a portion of every members dues are saved annually to provide training. National also has a fund which they are anxious for us to apply for. Resolutions are what attract women to the League so consider hosting a special day for a Resolution Workshop. It can be advertised in parish bulletins with an invitation to all women. See criteria on this provincial website. (Resources/Bursaries and applications) or contact the chairperson of Organization. This is an excellent way to educate all members.

I will end with a quote from the new Nike add that I feel we as Catholic women need to live by

“Believe in Something Even if It Means Sacrificing Everything”

God Bless
Sharon Ciebin