Nelson Diocesan President Oral Report to 2017 Provincial Convention – Sylvia Jurys
It is indeed an honour and privilege to attend this convention in my home town of Kelowna as the President of the Diocese of Nelson. As I enter my second term I realise how fortunate I am to have a full slate of enthusiastic officers who work so diligently for our wonderful organization.
Last year, as some of you may remember, I appointed my council executive and chairpersons to be my representative to two or three councils in their local geographic area. This has proven to be very successful with many joint efforts in spiritual, social and outreach endeavours.
For the coming year I have asked my councils to lead the way to ensure growth within the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. When I joined the League in 1972 the membership at that time was over 190,000. Today, we have less than 50% of that number, but we know never to look down but look up and look for opportunities.
At our diocesan convention, this year, I challenged the members of the Nelson Diocese to think outside the box for ingenious, different and innovative ways to engage young women to become members and to take the League to the next level of lively participation and enthusiasm. And, how better would it be to have our experienced members “buddy” up with a new member to educate and promote the objects of the League and to have the new member support and be a close friend in times of need?
It may mean that we will need to change our approach, but in the end, we will conquer in a way that an organization such as ours will stand out above all others. So, I challenge you, dear sisters in the League, to do whatever you can, in any way that you can to increase our membership in all age demographics and walks of life. Follow your dreams. I know that we can succeed.
This concludes my report