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.
     In May 2015, Mary was honoured to be awarded her Life Membership at the Toronto Diocesan Convention.
     She is involved in family life and holds a special interest in the comings and goings of her three nieces and two nephews - her sister’s and brother’s children. Four of them are now married and so there is more to share at family gatherings.
     Mary was an educator for over 32 years and worked as a classroom teacher and special education teacher. She was a Co-Ordinator of Special Education as well as serving as a Principal.
     Her CWL life since receiving her Life Membership has been exceedingly busy and rewarding. At present, she is part of the planning committee of the 2021 National Convention and is the Chair of the Committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Toronto Diocesan Council also in 2021. She also represents the Toronto Diocesan Council on the ShareLife Advisory Board.
     Mary’s greatest delight has been in seeing so many of the women she has worked with, blossom into the wonderful leaders in whom she recognized the strengths they possessed when she first met them.
     She has learned that her strongest contribution to the League, in 34 years as a member, has been her ability to mentor so many. In return, they have given her true affection and knows that she is part of their CWL lives and is humbled to have so many put their trust in her as confidant, advisor and friend.

“I could not have dreamed in 1986 that my life would be so transformed by my participation in the Catholic Women’s League of Canada”