Shirley Christo - Past President/Historian
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.
Shirley has passionately engaged every position and assisted with leadership courses and, training and development days. She was part of the organizing committees for the 2009 Provincial Convention and a highlight of her CWL service was being part of the spiritual development sub-committee for the 2011 National CWL Convention. In addition, she has done many presentations for councils as requested.
Shirley and Gary are happily married since 1973 and are proud parents to four adult children and two son-in-laws. Together they have a large extended family and enjoy visiting and sharing adventures with their two grandchildren and soon to be thirty grand nieces and nephews.
Shirley graduated in nursing from the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and later obtained a Masters in Health Sciences, a Masters in Education and started her PhD in Nursing in 2001 but withdrew for compassionate care in 2005. Her professional experience has been across the lifespan in hospital and community nursing. After thirty years, Shirley recently retired from her nurse educator position at Ryerson University. As a trained Parish Nurse, she continues to have a professional development passion for reclaiming spiritual care as an essential component for wholistic health. She is currently a member of several professionally related organizations and a past chair of her Parish Nurse Interest Group.