Executive Profiles

Toronto Diocesan Council Executive 2017 - 2019

Spiritual Advisor - Rev. Pratrick O'Dea

Fr. Patrick O’Dea, was born in Ireland and immigrated to Rochester, New York. He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War serving in Europe, where he was inspired by a military chaplain to renew his calling to the priesthood.  He studied Philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and Theology in Washington Theological Union.  He was ordained at the Holy Trinity Monastery, Baltimore and sent to Toronto to serve.  He was the Associated Pastor at St. Anne (Brampton), Transfiguration (Etobicoke), St. Timothy’s (North York) and St. Patrick’s (Markham).  During that time he worked on a report for the Archdiocese to establish an Office of Catholic Youth.   Was appointed as Director of Vocations and Rector of Serra House (1991-2000) and then appointed Pastor of the Newman Centre and Catholic Chaplain of the University of Toronto (2000-2009).  For the past 5 years served as Pastor of St. Marquerite D’Youville Parish, Brampton.  On July 3rd, 2014 he was appointed Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor (North York) where he is currently serving.

President - Ann D'Souza

Ann moved to Canada having lived in Goa, Mumbai (Bombay) and Dubai.  She is married to Oswald and has 2 adorable sons, Anson and Anderson, and daughter-in-laws Sarah and Nicole.

As a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Mississauga, she joined CWL Council three months since its formation in the Parish.  Joining the league was made possible by her family’s love and understanding and her oldest son’s involvement with the music ministry at Parish.  She was on the board of the Parish Office Council committee for 3 years. Her family has been her backbone to help carry on the various activities helping her to juggle life as a mother, wife, office work and volunteer. 

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President's Goals

President-Elect/Organization - Hilarion Mitchell 

Hilarion joined the Catholic Women’s League on her mother’s advice, who was not a member at the time.  As a young career mom in 1998, she became a member of St. John Fisher CWL Council in Brampton. She credits the League for the influence it had on how she raised her family; strengthened her Catholic values; enhanced her professional life and assisted with a better understanding of the importance of volunteerism. 

At the parish level, Hilarion held many executive positions; Spiritual Development, Resolutions, Legislation, Membership, President, Organization and Parish Activities. She chaired her council’s 50th and 55th anniversaries. She received her Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2009. Hilarion is also active in her parish as a Lector and was a Eucharistic Minister. Hilarion was Peel Regional Chair (2007 – 2009), Peel Past Regional Chair/Historian (2009 – 2011).  On the Toronto Diocesan Council, she held standing committee positions as 2nd Vice President/Spiritual Development (2015 – 2017), 1st Vice President/Resolutions (2013 – 2015), Legislation (2011 – 2013), Christian Family Life (2009 – 2011).  

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1st Vice President/Education & Health -   Sue Lubowitz

Sue became a member of the St. John Chrysostom Parish CWL in Newmarket in 2006. She was initially interested because of the joint “water campaign” that the CWL was running with Kairos and Development and Peace. At the parish level, she held the Community Life and Organization Chairs before becoming parish council president in 2011. As parish president, Sue was the chair and lead writer of the resolution (Rights of Seasonal Agricultural Workers) presented to the Diocesan convention in 2012. 

Sue is active in her parish as a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Consolation and Hope Ministry as well as a member of the parish Development and Peace committee. Sue has participated in liturgy study at the parish level for a number of years. Sue has a keen interest in social justice as well as the political life of our country. She is of the opinion that we, as Catholic women, need to make our voices heard at all political levels.

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2nd Vice President/Resolution  - Tracy MacInnis

Tracy has been a self acclaimed “keener / joiner” for most of her life.  On becoming Catholic in 2002, she embraced her new religion with great excitement. She was eager to participate in all aspects of church life, finally feeling able to join the committees and groups she had longed to.  In 2004, she was asked to join her parish CWL and before she knew it, was President of the St. Bonaventure council.  In 2011, she was asked to be North York Region Chair for the Toronto Diocesan Council, and has been on the council ever since.  In 2013, she co-chaired the Newsletter with Alice Warford and was voted in as Recording Secretary in 2015.  Now, for the 2017-19 term, she is 2nd Vice President& Resolutions Chair.

Tracy was asked in 2013 to be part of a committee to kick off the “Catch the Fire” campaign at the Provincial Convention. And, in 2015, was invited to be part of the Ontario Provincial Council 70thAnniversary celebration planning committee.  This past July 2017, their plans came to fruition at the Provincial Convention in Thunder Bay.

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Corresponding Secretary - Andrea Tjioe

Born in Indonesia Andrea is the 5th of 6 children and came to Canada with her family when she was 12 yrs old.  She and her husband Paul of 37 years, have 2 young adult sons. 

Andrea joined the League in 1996, when her Parish Council, St. Patrick’s Mississauga, needed to fill-in as Christian Family Life convener. In less than 2 years, she was elected Organization Chair and was President 2000 – 2001.  

On the regional level, she served as Communications Chair, Recording Secretary, and then as Peel Regional Chair in 2009 - 2011, which has brought her great joy and tremendous growth.  While at the regional level, she doubled her contribution, and continued to support her Parish Council at St. Patrick's by filling in as Treasurer, Christian Family Life convener.  And then moved forward as a sub-convener to the Toronto Diocesan Christian Family Life Standing Committee chair.

In the spring of 2011, Andrea was invited to be a part of the National ad hoc Leadership Development committee as one of the 2 consultants from the younger generation of League members, under the leadership of Betty Anne Brown Davidson, the then National Organization chair.  The fruits of the much labour of love was named "Catch the Fire!" workshop, which was launched at the 2012 National Convention in Edmonton.  Andrea was also selected to be one of the two Ontario Provincial workshop facilitators - Sparks, for 2012 - 2014.

Andrea continued to challenge herself by accepting a nomination as a Standing Committee chair at the Diocesan level, and was elected as Toronto Diocesan Communications Chair for 2013 – 2015, then as Community Life Standing Committee chair for 2015 – 2017.  And at the same time, she continues her support for her Parish Council at St. Patrick’s as a sub-convener for Organization looking after the On-Line Membership.

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Recording Secretary -  Charmaine Alweyn

Born in Bangalore, India, Charmaine was an educator in the field of autism. She gave it up when she moved to Canada in 2000 and welcomed her husband Terry and daughter Stacey into her life.

Her involvement (which turned into a passion) with CWL began in 2007 at St.Francis Xavier Council, Mississauga. After holding a few positions, she became the Council President in 2012/2013. This followed with Education and Health Chair and Communications Chair in the Peel Regional level.

Charmaine is grateful for the abundant blessings bestowed upon her family and gives back to the community by supporting Good Shepherd's Provide-a-meal program, Robertson House,Cerebral Palsy, Missionaries of Charity, Ronald McDonald House and Childcan.

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Treasurer - Donna Capobianco

Donna joined the CWL in 1994 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Etobicoke and was the chair for several standing committees including Christian Family Life, Community Life, Spiritual Development, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary before serving as the council President from 2006 - 2008.

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Historian and Past President - Shirley Christo

Shirley joined St John Fisher (SJF) CWL in Brampton in the fall of 1991.   After taking the Leadership course, she became president-elect, bazaar convener and then council president (1997-2001).  During this time she submitted her 1999 resolution for Intergenerational Programming fueling her advocacy for the sanctity and dignity of life and her passion for social justice.  She has since assisted with the formation and submission of position statements and many resolutions.  Shirley assisted the archdiocesan resolution committee and was resolution committee chair for SJF CWL (2003–2005).

As Peel regional chair (2001-2003) she was highly involved with planning & execution of World Youth Days 2002 both as a parish family host and as a health services volunteer.  Service on the Toronto Diocesan CWL executive has included Resolutions 2005–2007, Christian Family Life 2007–2009, Spiritual Development 2009–2011, Education & Health 2011–2013, President-Elect/Organization 2013–2015, Toronto Diocesan President 2015–2017 and Toronto Diocesan Past President 2017-2019.

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Christian Family Life - Philomena Menezes

Philomena moved to Canada 30 years ago from Mumbai (Bombay), India - she started off in Regina, Saskatchewan and was introduced to CWL activities by the members at St. Ann’s parish there. However with young children, a full time job and coming to a brand new country with winter & snow, it was not possible to join at that time.

Precious Blood Church has been her home parish since moving to Scarborough. Enthusiastic CWL members “coaxed” her into helping out at the bake booth at the Church Bazaar, and voila - the following year she was in charge of the bake booth and was an active member of the CWL!   

Philomena has served the CWL as standing committee chair in various roles in her home council prior to being President in 2008-2009. At the Regional level, she held various positions on the Executive.

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Communications - Suzanne Cockburn

Suzanne was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, West Indies. She has been married to David for almost 40 years. Proud mother of one son Jarel, and Nana to two beautiful granddaughters Jaylin & Maya Renee.

Suzanne has been a member of St. Barnabas Parish, Scarborough for the last 15 years. She joined the CWL in 2007 because of her belief in its mission of service and faith.

Suzanne's desire to be more involved in the church, the community and our youth is exemplified in her ongoing roles within the CWL; since joining the League her roles included - 

  • Recording Secretary (unofficially from October ’07, officially from January ’09 to '10);
  • Parish Council President/Historian '11 to '12;
  • Assisted in or organized various events including bus trips, bake sale, community night, children’s Christmas party etc.
  • Voting Delegate/Accredited Delegate at Toronto Diocesan Conventions;
  • Scarborough Regional Chair ’13-‘15
  • Scarborough Region Past-President/Historian ’15-‘17
  • Toronto Diocesan Christian Family Life Chair ‘15-‘17

Suzanne is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at her Parish and is also a member of The Markham & Scarborough Serra Club.

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Community Life - Connie Cristinziano

Connie's Catholic Women's League's journey began two years after she moved to St. Roch's Parish.  Coming from former Parishes that did not have a CWL, she was not familiar with the League.  With family and work commitments and trying to take extra college courses, she was not sure if she could find the time to commit herself to this organization.  But with the encouragement, insistence of a very wonderful faith-filled CWL Advocate and neighbour (who is currently with the Lord), she was officially recruited to St. Rochès CWL in 1988, and glad that she did become part of this dynamic organization.

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Spiritual Development -  Alice Warford

Alice was the Scarborough Regional Chair from 2011 - 2012. She joined CWL in 2000 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. She was the Spiritual Development and Organization Chair and President Elect and finally finished just short of four years as President for a wonderful council of women.

At the Regional level Alice have held the position of Resolutions/Legislation and Secretary. Alice continues to be very active in her Parish as Leader for the music ministry and cantor at our 9 am mass.  Alice has also been involved with The Children’s Liturgy and is presently on the Pastoral Council. This spring, 2011 Alice completed her second year of the Leadership and Formation course with the Archdiocese. 

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Legislation - Kate O'Quinn

Kate became a member of the Catholic Women’s League from the age of 16 (a Birthday gift from her mother!!)  In September of 2001, Kate became an active executive member in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Oshawa, as Education Committee Chair, 1st Vice President and President Elect, before becoming President for the 2012 – 2014 term.  She is very blessed to be working with such amazing, dedicated, faith-filled women in her Parish Council! 

Kate keeps active in the CWL with helping to organize many events, including the Annual Bazaar, Family Turkey Dinner and Irish Pub Night. 

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Newsletter Editor - Lucia Vacca

Joining the Catholic Women’s League in 1997 as a member of St. Joseph Highland Creek Council, has been a blessing to Lucia. She has served as President Elect/Organization Standing Committee Chair from 2005-2006, President from 2007-2008 and Past-President from 2009-2010.  She has been and continues to be very active in her council organizing several events and activities over the years.  She continues to advise, mentor, support and encourage the executive teams in her council for their continued success.

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Regional Chairs   

Durham - Iris McNulty

 

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Humber Valley - Darlene Marino

Darlene has been a CWL member since 2010 when a business colleague invited her to what she thought was a women’s social gathering.  Little did she know that she was actually attending a Catholic Women’s League General Meeting at the Immaculate Conception Parish. That’s when her CWL journey began!  She became the Regional Education & Health Chair for Humber Valley Region in 2011 and in 2013 she was elected President-Elect for the Immaculate Conception Parish. Darlene served as President from 2015 to 2017 and will now move to the role of Past President/Historian as well as to her new role as Humber Valley Region Chair.

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North York - Andrea Smart

Andrea has been a member of the CWL for 10 year and has served on her parish council as Recording Secretary and President. Andrea has also held the Organization Chair for the North York Region council before moving on to the Toronto Diocesan council. At the Diocesan level Andrea has been Newsletter Editor, Recording Secretary, Community Life Standing Committee Chair as well as the Corresponding Secretary and Legislation Chair.

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Northern - Carla Beckett

Carla moved to Alliston from Victoria BC in 2002 and became a Catholic through the RCIA program in 2006.  She is retired from the Human Resources field.  Carla has three sons and three grandchildren.

Carla happily joined the CWL in 2006 and did terms as secretary, treasurer, and is in second term as president of St. Paul’s council in Alliston – this time as co-president.  She was secretary in Northern Region council for four years.

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Peel - Val Egerton

Val Egerton was born in the city of Lahore – then in British India, now in Pakistan.  Val came to Canada via London, England in 1959.  She has been married to Joe Egerton for 58 years, has had three daughters Kimberly, Cheryl, and Michelle. She has been blessed with two grandchildren, Justene and Noah. She also has a beautiful great granddaughter Edison Rose. Val has lived in Mississauga, Oakville, and Burlington before moving to Barrie in 1999.  She returned to Mississauga in 2016.

Starting from grass roots, after 34 years, in 2003, Val concluded her career with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board as a Human Resources Specialist. 

She joined the St. John Vianney CWL Council in Barrie in 2003, where she served in various capacities.  At the parish level she has been a President, Christian Family Life Chair, an Education and Health sub-convener, and a Northern Region Organization Chair. She participated in the pilot project of the National On-line Membership program and is a strong proponent of the system. She has convened many successful Fundraising Teas and Bazaars for the Parish Council.  She has held the positions of Toronto Diocesan Community Life Standing Committee Chair from 2011- 2012, and Education and Health Standing Committee Chair, 2012-2014.  She is looking forward to serving the community of Peel as Peel Regional Chair.

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Scarborough - Mary Tuccitto

Mary was born in Sicily, Italy and immigrated as a child in 1966. She is married to Paul and they have two grown children, Anthony and Joseph. Being involved and connected with their parish and community has been central to their lives.

Mary is a 13 year member of CWL and in this short time she has held several positions. With her Parish she was Community Life Chair, President, and Past President as well as Chair of the 60th Anniversary of St. Joseph’s CWL Council.         

 With Scarborough Region she held the position of Education and Health and Communications Chair and with Toronto Diocese she has been Sub-convener for Education and Health, St. Michael’s Scholarship (four years). She is also a facilitator for both the Leadership and Public Speaking and Executive Training Course and was Sub-convener for the 2016 and 2017 Toronto Diocesan Conventions.

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Toronto - Jovita Muller  

In 2004, Jovita joined the CWL at St. Monica’s and held various roles including: Treasurer, Secretary, Chair of Organization and Membership, and President. She had the opportunity to serve the Toronto region as Secretary and Chair of Education and Health.

Currently, she is involved in St. Monica parish as Vice-chair for Finance. She also plays roles in recruiting, screening and training volunteers, being a lector and an extraordinary Eucharistic minister. 

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