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Victoria Diocesan President Oral Report to Provincial Convention 2016

As a recently minted diocesan chair I have some ongoing business and some goals for the near future and some dreams for when the time is right.

We started this term off with an invitation to a 95th birthday party for the St. Andrew’s Cathedral CWL In Victoria.

Our Bishop has challenged us to form one new Catholic Women’s League each year for 10 years. Bishop Gary Gordon has a special affinity with the First Nations communities on the island, especially those very difficult to reach.   To begin this challenge we welcomed a mother and daughter team from Ahousaht on Flores Island (a village accessible by private boat or seaplane only) to our Diocesan convention last month.  In a conversation with them they agreed to establish a dialogue and some visits to sample what the CWL could offer to them.

This year we will implement a hub system for hosting conventions – 2 or 3 councils will host a convention – the more active councils now do the heavy lifting of a convention and the smaller councils enjoy the hospitality.  We are doubling or tripling up neighbouring parishes so that the work is divided and we expect an increase in attendance.

Victoria Diocese has been itching to have its own web site for about 5 years now.  This year I believe the right combination of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm has come forward to craft an easy to use and informative web site.  We should have more information by the spring meeting.

In February the future, current and past presidents attended, in Victoria, an all-day Parliamentary Procedure workshop intended to review and upgrade meeting skills.  In March this year for the Spring Interim, while the executive meeting was in session, we had a team present the S’Mores “Objects of the League”.  

Last year several year-end reports indicated a deficit in training for new officers and committee chairs.  So our team developed Boot Camp for CWL and did our first presentation in Courtenay April 8.  The second edition is booked up island November 5, 2016.


Our June orientation meeting will include a workshop on writing reports and communiques.  We have about a 50% new recruit rate on the Diocesan council.  The subject can be intimidating and confusing to our newest recruits.

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