Here are some links to sites that may be of interest to Catholic Women's League members and councils. 
Listings are for information purposes only, and do not imply endorsement by the CWL, nor any official sanction by the Catholic Church unless expressly stated on the respective web sites.
Alberta Mackenzie Catholic Diocese Websites

Diocese of Calgary
Archdiocese of Edmonton
Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan
Diocese of St. Paul
Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

National CWL Supported Organizations
Catholic Publications and Media

Grandin Media

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Register

Catholic World News

Codes of Canon Law

National Catholic Reporter


Catholic Online


Salt + Light Media

Alberta Catholic Schools

Educational Institutions

Newman Theological College

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (Barry's Bay, ON)
St. Francis Xavier University  (Antigonish, NS) 
St. Joseph's College  (University of Alberta) 
St. Mary's University (Calgary) 
St. Paul University  (Ottawa)
St. Peter's College (Muenster, SK)

College Mathieu (Gravelbourg, SK)

Catholic Healthcare Facilities

Covenant Health

 Covenant Foundation - supports the Covenant Health Facilities

More Catholic Resources

Franciscan Media
Catholic Canada

Catholic Pages

Websites with a Social Conscience

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

Global Exchange - Human Rights organization dedicated to promoting Social, economic and environmental justice around the world

Commercial Products with a Social Conscience

Fairtrade Products
Bridgehead Coffee, Tea & Cocoa - Canadian distributor (Ottawa-based) ; organic, shade-grown coffees from small-scale farmers' co-operatives 

Illuminate - support craft and weaving cooperatives

Just Us! Coffee Roasters coffee. tea, chocolate and merchandise

Media - Other
Advertising Standards Canada 
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council  (Complaint form to protest inappropriate speech and actions on television or radio) 
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Council  (CRTC) 

Events - Other 
Campaign 2000 - continue to promote and secure implementation of the Nov. 24/89 Declaration to End Child Poverty 

World Day of Prayer  International Committee (First Friday in March - check with your church for locations near you)

Canada - Women's Interchurch Council

Parliament of Canada (legislation) 
List of Members of Parliament (MPs) 
Northwest Territories | Alberta (MLAs & legislation) 
The Holy See (Vatican) 
United Nations

Organizations - Catholic 
Catholic Civil Rights League -- dedicated to the faithful expression of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in public affairs for the renewal of Canada, and the benefit of the common good (added 
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) 
Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) (Canada)
Chalice - sharing Christ with those in need
Knights of Columbus 
   Knights of Columbus  Alberta Northwest Territories State Council 
Save a Family Plan - Canadian based International Non-profit
Scarboro Foreign Mission Society -- Canadian Catholic community of priests and lay women and men witnessing to the Gospel overseas and in Canada 
W.I.N.G.S. of Providence - WINGS offers a second-stage shelter and affordable housing for women with children who have experienced family violence.
WUCWO is the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations

Organizations - Other

Bissell Centre - Making a Difference in Edmonton's Inner City
Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) 
Focus on the Family Canada - Christian family ministry; infomation and resources 
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Medicins sans frontier / Doctors Without Borders - independent, international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger 
Monastery of Christ in the Desert
Parkland Institute - Parkland Institute is an Alberta-wide, non-partisan research centre situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.
Project Ploughshares - a national peace and justice organization promoting disarmament and peaceful resolution of conflict

Pro-Life and Family

Alberta Life Issues Educational Society (ALIES) - educating Albertans on human development, human experimentation, reproductive technologies, adoption, abortion, chastity, euthanasia, and similar issues affecting human life; providing counselling and referral services to the public with respect to unforeseen pregnancies and post abortion trauma
Alberta Pro-Life (The Wilberforce Project) 
Edmonton ProLife
Canadian Physicians for Life 
Serena  Natural Family Planning (Canada) 
Stand to Reason  (U.S.) -- trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, 
        yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square. -- prolife site based in Ireland

Social & Health Issues 
Unlimited Potential Community Services (UP) 
Citizens for Public Justice - an ecumenical social advocacy organization
Youth Empowerment & Support Services - Based in Edmonton, YESS provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wraparound support for youth ages 15-24.

Youth Links

World Youth Day

Kids for Jesus



2019 Provincial Convention Information will be posted in early 2019

The convention will take place in Grouard McLennan Diocese

The 71st Annual CWL Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Convention 2018 
               was held Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2, 2018 at St. James Parish, Okotoks, 
hosted by the Calgary Diocesan Council

 National Convention will be held in Calgary 2019

 Convention or Meeting Opening Address Example

Map of Treaty Lands

Previous Annual CWL Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Convention Locations and Dates
The 2018 71st Annual Provincial Convention was in Okotoks, AB June 01-02, 2018
The 2017 70th Annual Provincial Convention was in Edmonton, AB June 09-10, 2017.
The 2016 69th Annual Provincial Convention was in Westlock, AB June 03-04, 2016.
The 2015 68th Annual Provincial Convention was in Yellowknife, NWT June 05-06, 2015.
The 2014 67th Annual Provincial Convention was in Grande Prairie, AB June 06-07, 2014. 
The 2013 66th Annual Provincial Convention was in Calgary, AB, June 07-08, 2013. 
The 2012 65th Annual Provincial Convention was in Whitecourt, AB June 01-02, 2012.
The 2011 64th Annual Provincial Convention was in Fort Saskatchewan, AB June 03-05, 2011.
The 2010 63rd Annual Convention was in Fairview, AB May 28-30, 2010.
The 2009 62nd Annual Convention was in Medicine Hat, AB June 05-07, 2009.
The 2008 61st Annual Convention was in Edmonton, AB June 06-08, 2008.
The 2007 60th Annual Convention was in Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo, AB June 01-03, 2007.
The 2006 59th Annual Convention was in Yellowknife, NWT, June 16-18, 2006.
The 2005 58th Annual Convention was in Grande Prairie, Alberta, June 03-05, 2005.
The 2004 57th Annual Convention was in Calgary, Alberta, June 04-06, 2004.
The 2003 56th Annual Convention was in Nisku & Leduc, Alberta, June 06-08, 2003.
The 2002 55th Annual Convention was in Morinville, Alberta, May 31-June 02, 2002.

Secretary workshop (May 2010) 

Treasurer workshop (May 2010) 

Organization/Membership workshop (May 2010) 
Membership and its Administration 101 workshop (May 2010) 
Orientation (June 2009) (powerpoint file will save into your downloads folder)
My CWL Journey-Women of Peace and Hope (June 2009) (word document will save into your downloads folder)

Spiritual Development 
 Spiritual Development Workshop June 2017
Presentation (June 2009) (powerpoint file will save into your downloads folder)

Christian Family Life 
Christian Family Life workshop (June 2009)
Catholic Girls League workshop & survey report (May 2010) 

Communications workshop (May 2010) 
Communications workshop handout (May 2010) 
Communications Prayer (courtesy Diocese of Richmond VA) 
Tips for Creating a Newsletter (Jeanne D., April 2006) 

Legislation workshop (June 2009) 

Resolutions workshop (June 2009) 

Elsie Yanik Award

(Application Form .pdf)      (Application Form .docx)

Elsie Yanik Award Winner 2018 

2018 Award Presentation (this will open youtube)


2017 Award Presentation

Elsie Yanik Award Winner 2017

2016 Award Presentation

 Elsie Yanik Biography

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council, the Elsie Yanik Award was initiated (in 1997) to commemorate the leadership and ministry/service of Elsie Yanik to the Catholic community in the diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.


  1. This award shall be presented annually, if applicable, at the discretion of members of the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council Awards Committee, which consists of the President, President-Elect, Spiritual Development Chairperson, and Spiritual Advisor. 
  2. The recipient shall be a CWL member living in Alberta Mackenzie. 
  3. This honorary award shall consist of an individual plaque presented to the recipient; and a permanent plaque, which is inscribed with the names of all recipients.  The permanent plaque shall be kept with the recipient’s council for display purposes until the following provincial convention. 
  4. Nomination of a member must be submitted by a Parish or Diocesan Council. 
  5. Deadline for submissions shall be December 31 of each year.
  6. The Committee shall notify the recipient by February 15. 
  7. The recipient shall have her transportation, registration, room, and meals paid to attend the annual provincial convention to receive the award. 

  Criteria for Eligibility
The nominee must: 

1.    be a League member in good standing (has paid her membership fee in the current year);
2.    portray a leadership role;
3.    have demonstrated a commitment to ministry/service in an area or areas of need in a parish or community.


Father Walter Krewski Awards

The Father Walter Krewski Awards are given annually to three councils in the Alberta Mackenzie area for increases in membership during the previous year. The Awards began in 2007 and are presented each year at the Provincial Convention.

Father Walter Krewski Award Winners 1 2018 

Father Walter Krewski Award Winners 2 2018

Father Walter Krewski Report to Convention 2018

Father Walter Krewski Awards Criteria

Parish Award Application Form (download file)

Diocesan Treasurer or Organization Chairperson Award Application Form (download file)

Father Walter Krewski Awards Presentation 2016

L-R St. Bonaventure: Lorriane Clark, Angie Schlachter; St. Gabriel the Archangel:LouAnne Schulhauser; Janet MacPhee, Calgary Diocesan President; Ascension: Sheena Koett, Darlene Senger

 St. Gabriel CWL council is a fairly small CWL organization. We have grown from the original 9 (or so) members who spearheaded the formation of our CWL council six years ago, in 2011 to 30 registered members in 2017!!!In 2016 our membership grew by 92% and we were able to recieve the Walter Krewski award for this accomplishment. Our council hosts a spring and fall membership drive every year. It is during these weekend masses that our President or President-elect will speak to the congregation after mass and express our desire to have more ladies join this wonderful fellowship. We read the prepared literature that has been passed down through the Calgary Diocesan Council. This gives everyone a better understanding of what the CWL really stands for and what it is all about. After mass the CWL ladies from our council remain in the foyer to answer any questions our lady parishoners may have and we hand out rosary's to all those who would like to take one.Our CWL council also sponsors the 10:30 am mass on a Sunday, twice during the year. We make ourselves present at this mass as the Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Projector Coordinator, Gift Bearers etc. and we all sit together in the front row. We try to collaborate this mass with a Hospitality weekend, so there are refreshments after mass that we also attend to. We are a council that is slowly and steadily growing in numbers and we are truly grateful to call ourselves members of the St. Gabriel CWL.

Ascension parish has been established for approximately 30 years. We have a large community of parishioners. The original council dissolved shortly after starting, as our parish was part of an ecumenical Centre with the Lutheran church. To support ecumenicalism and the joining of centers, the ladies started a women's group called Circle of Friends. Years later the Lutheran church parted ways and Ascension purchased the building and taking over the Centre. Ascension was now in need of a women's group so the CWL was reinstated. There were a couple of introduction meetings that created our charter members. Our group focused on showing a strong presence in our parish. The events we participated in we wore shashes and a unified color to show our unity. We encouraged all members to invite their friends and family. With support from our Spiritual Adviser Father Pil, we ran a very successful membership drive. Our council tries very hard to inspire and fill our hearts so we may love and serve in unity, under the umbrella of our church and with the direction of the Holy Spirt. Thank you for your recognition, this will go along way to inspire the women of our parish to answer Gods calling for service. 

We, the CWL at St Bonaventure, promoted the League after all week end masses during our membership drive which allowed us to extend a personal invitation to all ladies of the parish. Following mass we hosted hospitality where current members could renew their membership and prospective ones could speak to one of our members on a one to one basis.  We offered to provide financial support towards the first year of membership to all first time CWL members.  We had 18 ladies accept our invitation to join which resulted in the winning of the Fr Walter Krewski award for the greatest increase in new members to CWL in 2016.

Father Walter Krewski Awards Presentation 2015


Complete the application form(s) and contact the Organization Chairperson for the mailing address. 
The deadline for submission of the forms is February 28, 2018.. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email.