Life Members/Honorary Life Members


Life Members/Honorary members presently in Toronto Diocese 

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 Margaret Tipping 

  Margaret Tipping’s CWL service includes the Diocesan President for Toronto, the Ontario Provincial President, and President of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. 
     She taught school for 35 years, as well as at the elementary level in Nigeria (Uwani) Africa. She became the Holy Childhood Person for all of Canada, which entailed visiting Uganda, South Africa, Madagascar, Zambia, Kenya, Eritriea Philippines, Thailand, Argentina, Uruguay, and Thailand. These were all the countries where our Canadian Catholic Children (elementary school) gave money to help the children there.

 Dorothy McGuigan

  Life Member 

Margaret Ann Jacobs 

Past National President - Honorary Life Member

Margaret Ann is a retired teacher who lives in Elmvale, Ontario. She is married to Michael, who currently publishes a local newspaper from their home, and is the mother of three adult sons. She is also a grandmother to Ethan and Sean, who live in Cochrane, Alberta, and Sophie, Mazie and Porter, who live in Hamillville, Ontario.

Over the years Margaret Ann has been actively involved in her church as a lector, Eucharistic minister, minister of hospitality and counter. More recently volunteer work includes nursing home visitation, Birthright, Women’s Institute and of course helping with the newspaper.

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 Karen Lawless

  Life Member 

Mary Ellen Stinson

  Life Member 

 Celestine F. Hall

Toronto Archdiocesan President 2003 - 2005
Member since 1971
Life Member 2007

Celestine belongs to the St Dunstan CWL council, Scarborough.

These are the Executive positions held and level during her time in the CWL: at the Parish level- president-elect/organization; president; past president; treasurer.

At the Regional level- treasurer; organization; resolutions; communications; regional chair; past regional chair.

And at the Archdiocesan level- recording secretary; resolutions; spiritual development standing committee chair; president-elect/organization; president, past president

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 Patricia Cross

Patricia Cross was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, the eldest in her family with two younger brothers.   She moved to Toronto in 1963 as a young married woman with one infant son, eventually to have five children - two boys and three girls.

 

Patricia joined the Catholic Women’ League through the invitation of a friend in 1974, so has been a League member for more than 45 years, always active and a willing worker. 


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Carole Pitcher

  Life Member 

 Marlin Taylor

 Marlin joined St. Paul the Apostle Parish - Alliston CWL in September 1979 and served as President of St. Paul’s council from 1987 to 1990.

She served as committee chair on 3 Standing Committees on the Northern Region before serving as Northern Regional Chair from 1996 to 1998.


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Mary Hawkley

  Mary joined Holy Family Council, Whitby, Ontario in 1986 and was president of the council twice as well as holding other convenorships.

She was Durham Regional Chair in 2001-2003.

While continuing to be active in her parish council, she moved to the Toronto Diocesan Council in 2003 where she held a number of positions before becoming President in 2011.

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Mary Quinlan 

  Life Member (1970)

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Donna Shaddick  Life Member (1977)

   Donna Shaddick is a retired teacher of 36 years and has been married to her husband Alan for 50 years, together they have two sons and five grandchildren.

Donna started her CWL journey in 1977 in Pembroke Ontario and was Parish Council President three terms before serving as Past President, Secretary, Communications Chair, Christian Family Life Chair and Community Life Chair.

She served the Pembroke Diocese as Recording Secretary, Communications Chair, Christian Family Life Chair and Education and Health Chair before being elected as Pembroke Archdiocesan President (2005 – 2007) and Past President following that. She was awarded her Life Membership in 2009.


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 Mary Capobianco

  Mary was born and raised in Toronto.  Mary and her husband Vince were married in 1978, have two children and are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren.  She retired from a career with Bell Canada in 2011 where she had worked for over 36 years. 

Mary joined the CWL in 1992 at her home parish of Nativity of Our Lord after hearing an appeal from the pulpit during an annual membership drive.  Soon after joining she was asked to fill the position of Spiritual Development Chair and this was the beginning of her CWL journey. 

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Hazel Hawrish

  Life Member 


Shirlie Christo

  Life Member 


Here is a name list of our Life Members/ Honourary Members and Past Presidents
Tribute to Mary Matthews
Also read a tribute from National office Click here

Life Memebers 2010