I have just returned from the BC & Yukon Spring Provincial Meetings at St. Nicholas Parish in Langley. For the Spring Meetings in 2017 & this year Fr. Edwin Kulling, our Provincial Spiritual Advisor, has graciously hosted our meetings at his parish. We had two very packed, information-filled, long days of meetings! I had been away from Dec. 28 – March 3 in Mesa, AZ, so felt behind and rushed to catch up with the League happenings.

Deceased members: On March 4th, I received the list, from National Office of deceased members from the five Dioceses in BC & Yukon (Whitehorse had no Deceased members in 2017), but 103 names were not included on the National Offices list, which I added and 25 other names I had no information forms on! Something is not working well!

National Book of Life: My Question: If a “Long time Member, has not paid her dues for the year – is she included in the “Book of Life”? I know this question will come up again with our elderly members and more in Nursing Homes.”
National’s Answer: “We currently do not have a process or procedure that covers this question. To date, I have NOT been checking to see if the member is paid up to date. My position is that if the council cares enough about their deceased member to ask us to include her name in the Book of Life then I will do so. So until a process or procedure is agreed upon, I will continue to add names to the Book of Life, whether the deceased member has paid her dues up to date or not.” From Ingrid Taylor National CWL Office

NEWS: BC & Yukon Provincial Council has a new Provincial Spiritual Advisor for the next five years, Fr. David John from Sparwood. We also have a new National Spiritual Advisor, Bishop Stephen Jensen from the Prince George Diocese, both these Spiritual Advisors will be installed at the next Conventions.

March for Life: The March for Life will be on Thursday, May 10 starting with Mass at 12 noon at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria, followed by the March from Centennial Square to the BC Legislature Buildings. I urge all who can attend to wear blue and their CWL scarves and pins.

Meeting with Federal Government: On March 21, National CWL President, Margaret Ann Jacobs and the Canadian Catholic Bishops representative, along with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Jewish Leadership in Canada, The Canadian Council of Imams and The Canadian Council of Christian Charities will be meeting with The Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour of the Federal Government re. their summer work program requirements! Prayers are needed.
On Friday, March 23 Sharon Ciebin and her group will be meeting, in Vancouver with the Federal Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about Human Trafficking! More info: http://nationtalk.ca/story/federal-committee-to-examine-human-trafficking-at-cross-country-hearings-cp Please pray!

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care: May 6-12, 2018, the week designated as National Hospice Palliative Care Week by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. The initiative can take place within a parish church, a home or elsewhere. The information is on the National CWL Website, under Prayer Corner

Education & Health: A reminder to all Councils that the Molly Boucher Bursary & Life Member’s Art & Cultural Award applications are due by March 31. Provincial Education & Health Chairperson, Linda McClinton is tied up with family commitments and I offered to remind the ladies about these deadlines. Applications for the Molly Boucher Bursary can be sent to Linda by email at yealinda@shaw.ca before March 31st, with the hard copy following in the mail. The Life Member’s Art & Cultural Award must be sent to BC & Yukon Life Member Liaison, Barbara Jarvis.

Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation: three women from BC & Yukon will be the very first students in the Leadership Program which starts in May, 2018. Congratulations to the winners Sue Harding from Whitehorse, Yukon, Michelle Robertson from Summerland, BC, Nelson Diocese and Liza Jose from Richmond, BC, Vancouver dioceses!

HAPPY EASTER!

Blessings, Agnes Geiger