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The Catholic Women’s League of Canada BC & Yukon Provincial Council National theme: One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Provincial theme: Joyfully Serving the Lord

Nelson Diocesan President Oral Report to Provincial Convention 2016 – Sylvia Jurys

It is my honour and privilege to attend this convention as the Diocesan President for the Diocese of Nelson; I am very much looking forward to my tenure and to let you know that I am very proud to have Debbie Cloutier as my president-elect and also a full slate of enthusiastic and experienced officers on our team.

By way of background information, we have 24 very active councils in the Diocese which spans a geographical boundary area from Osoyoos in the south, (almost at the US Border) Golden to the North and Sparwood to the east (which is almost at the border of BC and Alberta).  

My goal for this year is to have members of the executive be more visible in the diocese and to being my representative and attend at least one general meeting at a Council within their geographical area throughout their term.  So instead of hearing from them only in their communiqués they will have a chance to see members face-to-face.  I do have an ulterior motive for this initiative in that it will encourage past-presidents to take a step up to the diocesan level and for the current executive to consider a nomination as President.  From my experience, personal invitation always has a positive outcome and done with sincerity and a smile it almost always pays off.

So to all of you here, keep doing what you are doing, encourage all your friends at your parish to join our wonderful organization and support your members in a manner that shows your appreciation for what they do or will do for the success of your council.

I would like to share with you an experience that I had over 30 years ago.  I was waiting to meet my sister-in-law at Heathrow Airport in London. To my surprise Mother Teresa came in as we were waiting, escorted by a very tall and foreboding bodyguard.  Intuitively, I opened my arms and said "Mother" she came to me put her arms around me and touched my right cheek and looked into my eyes.  Little did I know then that I had hugged a Saint.  I will never forget her gaze and I always remember her words written many times.  "When I see the people of Calcutta, I see the Face of God"  

My dear sisters, when you look at your CWL sisters, the people that you help, the sick, lonely and impoverished, and all who are in need of prayer or support, remember, you see the "Face of God"

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