Education and Health Oral Report to 2017 Provincial Convention – Linda McClinton
This has been a very busy and rewarding year for Education and Health and I am very grateful for the many hours of hard work put in by our members in this chair. Our members are involved with our Catholic schools as well as public schools assisting with Catechism, reading programs, food for those in need.
With so many new Canadians there is a huge need to help them learn English and members are involved. Many councils provide Bursaries for Elementary, High School and University Graduates and provide funds helping Catholic Women furthering their education as well as the National Bursary Fund.
Money and time were given to many worthy organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul, Hospice, Mental Health, Cancer Society, Pregnancy Centers, Seminarians and Meals on Wheels. Many letters were written to Government regarding all our current resolutions and some regarding health from previous years. Our major attention in the past year was protesting the administering of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and supporting and promoting Palliative and Hospice Care. I feel our letters have made the government aware of our concerns and pray it will have an impact. Other major concerns are Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and abuse of Seniors. As many of us are reaching or have reached senior age, I feel it should become a priority to educate ourselves regarding this abuse.
Our numerous letters to government regarding our concern for our environment seem to be having an impact for example their ban of Microbeads and encouraging recycling.
Genetically Modified Foods and Bioethics are a concern and we have let government know. Kamloops stated,” Society is in danger of being directed by what can be done technologically rather than by what ought to be done.”
It is always a concern trying to encourage members to accept a chair and I have learned that to be involved is the best education. Each step you get involved in, the more you learn and the more you appreciate what a Blessing it is to be involved in CWL. Where else can you have 9,000 or 90,000 people praying for you in a time of need.
May God richly Bless you for all the work you do in CWL.
This concludes my report