Elsie Yanik Award

Elsie Yanik Award Application Form

2019 Award Presentation (this will open in youtube)

Elsie Yanik Award Winner Presentation 2018

2018 Award Presentation (this will open in youtube)

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
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)

 Summary of Father Walter Krewski Award Winners 2007-2018

Complete the application form(s) and contact the Organization Chairperson for the mailing address.
The deadline for submission of the forms is February 28, 2019.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email.

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. 
TruthTV.org -- 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


The 72nd Annual CWL Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Convention
            will be held in Grande Prairie Alberta on Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8, 2019 at St. Joseph's Parish, Grande Prairie
hosted by the Grouard-McLennan 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) 

2018 Catholic Women's Leadership Foundation  http://cwlfcanada.ca
Dear Sisters in the League,
When I spoke at the Diocesan Convention many people asked for information about the Foundation.  I am happy to share it with you here.


Honourary Life Member Betty Anne Brown Davidson wrote:  “Whether we like it or not, our names have been called.  At our baptism, Jesus said to us, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.  And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”   To emphasize the point, our confirmation sealed that covenant with a once and for all ‘brand’:  the flame in our hearts, burning with love, desire, energy, enthusiasm and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help make it happen.  The fruit that we are called to bear is our responsibility to make a difference in the world.  This is our time on earth to shine and to leave the world a better place by our passing through it.” 


In response to the call to ‘make a difference’, The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in partnership with the Sisters of Service, established the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation in 2012.  Registered under the laws of the Canada Corporations Act, the first Board of Directors was established in 2015 with the responsibility of developing women’s leadership capacity – building programs of the highest quality that are consistent with Catholic values. 


Our world is changing at incredible speed. Mostly driven by technological innovations, which open new ways to communicate, innovate and automate, we now learn and work in different ways.  We are more connected with global issues and global thinking.  With such pressure for change, more responsible leaders are needed who can be transformative agents of desired change. 


Our world has not tapped into a deep resource of leaders.

      Approximately 51% of Canadians are women 

      Women make up 47% of the Canadian labour force 

      Women hold 35% of Canada’s management positions and only 8.5% of the highest-paid positions in Canada's top 100 listed companies 

      Half of the companies listed on the TSX have no women on their Boards 

      39% of Canadians identify as Roman Catholics 


Empowering Catholic women to be transformational and influential leaders where they live and work - that is our mission.  We dream of a world where women and men hold equal roles of leadership and influence and where the impact of women is reflected in business, politics and throughout our communities.


Since the Foundation was created, its Board worked concurrently on multiple fronts to give itself the means to achieve this mission. Thanks to volunteers across the country, we have: 

      Initiated a $1.5M capital campaign, which will be completed this year

      Partnered with Saint Paul University in Ottawa to develop a specialized leadership training program 

      Issued a call for program candidates and selected the first group of participants who will begin classes this June 

      Launched the leadership program 


The Certificate Leadership Program consists of online modules, with a one-week residence session at Saint Paul University in Ottawa at the start of the program in June 2018 and another week of residency one year later.


Study topics include 

·       the integration of spirituality with leadership

·       Catholic social teaching on ethics

·       challenges of faith and culture

·       ecological responsibility

·       power      

·       integrity

Participants will benefit from structured coaching and mentoring. A Catholic faith perspective informs the entire program.


The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Board is honoured to announce the inaugural cohort 2018.  Fourteen outstanding, talented women from across Canada will form the class of the first Certificate program in Catholic Women’s Leadership developed in partnership with Saint Paul University’s Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality.  They began their studies in May this year.


The first participants of this program come from across Canada, among them, 1 from the Edmonton Diocese, 1 who originates from the Calgary diocese and 1 from the NWT!  These women are from different backgrounds. professions and age ranges. 


The Foundation will cover the education costs of the program, including travel to/from Ottawa and residence and meals while in Ottawa for each participant. With the contributions pledged so far by generous donors during our first capital campaign, the Foundation’s national volunteer board has been able to form a Fund Development Committee to further strengthen its financial profile.


We invite you to invest in Canada’s future by helping Catholic women become transformational leaders. This initiative is a truly Catholic organization building for the future and one that I am proud to participate in.  I have more information available if you are interested in personally donating to or applying for this great cause.


I would like to propose that the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation be on the list of recipients of your council’s generosity and that we donate a certain amount every year on an on-going basis.


Much of the information is available on the website: http://cwlfcanada.ca and you can subscribe to be put on their mailing list: 

Get the latest on our program activities, application process and events.

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April 2016
Pornography Hurts Everyone! postcard campaign
*CWL National website Pornography Hurts! info | Instructions for printing postcards via online vendors |
May 4, 2017
CWL 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care
September 2015

PROVINCIAL INITIATIVE - Independent Seniors' Advocate 
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|action plan MEMO & REPORT FORM - Sept2015 |
| action plan UPDATE - June-Sept2015 | introductory letter | action plan process | need - background points from Fall 2014 | petition |   

CWL Provincial Inititative: Nickels for the North (letter
-fundraiser to help CWL members in Mackenzie-Fort Smith travel to CWL meetings & workshops

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Check our web sites at  www.cwl.ca  and  www.cwl.ab.ca  to find out who we are and what we do!

Personal Income Tax return

It is a good opportunity to include this or a similar note with your return.  Pass it on to as many as possible. 
PERSONAL DECLARATION: I wish to protest the use of my tax money to support, in Alberta and on the federal level, the legalized killing known as abortion. I wish to have it known that, in spite of my protest, I am FORCED to participate through my taxes in the taking of innocent human life. I would like this statement to be permanently filed with my tax records to show that this involvement is involuntary and against the dictates of my conscience. 
Signature  /  Social Insurance Number  /  Date

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