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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

Resolutions Communique 1 – Sharon Geiger    September 5, 2016

Dear Sisters in the League and Father Edwin:

I am honoured to be your new provincial resolutions chairperson. This will be a challenging journey for me as I have never been on this standing committee previously. I am looking forward to this challenge and working with you.

I have been a member of the league for 40 years. I was born in Kamloops and raised in Oliver. After getting married we moved to Mackenzie where I taught for a couple of years. We have 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys) and nine grandchildren with twin boys on the way. I am very blessed and they keep me very busy.  While raising my family I volunteered for many organizations. Currently I am working at my parish coordinating the Faith Formation for children classes, facilitating and teaching RCIA and facilitating the adult education programs. I am a leader of one of our parish choirs. In my free time I like to golf and visit with friends.  

Welcome to the two  new Resolutions Standing Chairpersons and thank you for saying "Yes" to the league.

Nelson:   Catherine Stroman          

Victoria:   Margaret Beardon           

Welcome back to:

Kamloops:  Anna Gilbert                    

Prince George:  Sylvia DeSousa          

Vancouver:  Mirella Manarin              

Whitehorse:  Carol Vanderbyl (Diocesan president)   

Congratulations to Joan Bona the newly elected National Resolutions Chairperson.

Disposition of our BC & Yukon 2016 Resolutions:

BC & Yukon 2016.01 Physicians and Institutions Right of Conscience

- passed at provincial and declined at national

- instead the following motion was passed from the national convention floor:



"that national council urge provincial councils to petition their provincial/territorial premiers and appropriate ministers to request that freedom of conscience of healthcare professionals be protected and to ensure the same protection for healthcare institutions when either they or individuals within them refuse to participate in medically assisted dying/death or refuse to make direct referrals for patients who request medically assisted dying


that provincial councils petition the provincial/territorial colleges and/or association of healthcare professionals urging them to recognize and respect their members' right to freedom of conscience".

BC & Yukon 2016.02 Legislate and Finance Access to Quality Hospice Palliative Care for all Canadians

- passed at provincial and was changed into two resolutions from BC & Yukon and National Council

1. Amend the Canada Health Act to identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service and

2. Amend the Canada Health Act to include Home Care as Insured Health Service- see National website.

Resolutions that were passed at the 2016 national convention are listed here, and along with briefs and action plans, are available on the national website www.cwl.ca .

2016.01   Equal Access to Permanent Resident Status, an Amendment to the Immigration and refugee Protection Act (Community Life)

2016.02   Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide (Education and Health)

2016.03   Warning Labels on Drugs and Food Products (Education and Health)

2016.04   Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service (Legislation)

2016.05   Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Home Care as an Insured Health Service (Legislation)

May our Lady of Good Counsel guide you for your work for God and Canada.


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