Peterborough Diocesan President
Wendy is the mother of two boys, 9 years apart, and now out on their own, expanding their minds and life skills. The oldest son is married. Wendy is a mother-in-law of one, and a grandmother of two grandsons, one born while she was attending a CWL Fall meeting in Huntsville 2013. If you do not see Wendy at work in the travel agency, she is at work on a ball field umpiring or instructing. She volunteers in a senior’s facility with the travelling dental office, saying: “Open wide…wider”. Wendy volunteers with several community groups as she tends to get involved where people are. On the rare chance she is at home, she will be working at one of the many projects that a house continually provides. Wendy became involved with the CWL after being approached in the parking lot after an evening Mass. She didn’t think she was getting into her car until she said yes. It was to be just a little job and they really needed her. It was dark and cold, she was tired and wanted to go home so she said: “When’s the next meeting and yes, I will be your secretary”. She said yes, knowing that she did not have time for another project but time was found and she did and still does enjoy it! It can be a once a month meeting or it can expand into the many avenues and highways that this powerful organization has to offer. It can be your choice to move into that space or in response to a little nudging. CWL is good for the soul! Wendy felt it was a chance to meet new and interesting people, to check out resources, to tackle a hidden issue or a big issue and to join others and see where that could take you. She values the spiritual growth… GOOD for YOU and YOUR soul!
Treasurer – Corresponding Secretary
Helena is married to Jean-Pierre. They have two daughters, Meghan and Melissa.
Helena is a member of St. Mary’s CWL Council in Lindsay. Helena served at the parish level in various positions, at the diocesan level as Treasurer and Resolutions and Legislation Chair, and at the provincial level as a member of the Community Life Committee. Helena also presented and assisted with workshops, was Registration Chair for diocesan convention hosted by St. Mary’s Council, Lindsay, and served on two Committees, Protocol and Credentials, for the provincial convention hosted by Peterborough Diocesan Council.
In addition to participation in CWL and church life, in the community Helena has been involved with organizations such as a women’s centre, a health centre and Parkinson Canada.
Helena has an education in Political Science and Human Resources. She was employed in Human Resources in the insurance and government sectors. For a change of pace, Helena then balanced an analytical role of bookkeeping and a creative role of designing and creating competitive dance wear.
Since moving to Lindsay, Helena enjoys the creative side of things and has joined the Lindsay Creative Quilters’ Guild and the Kawartha Handweavers and Spinners Guild.
Peterborough Diocesan Past President
Joanne has been married for 49 years to Brian and they have three adult children. She has been blessed with two wonderful daughters-in-law, a terrific son-in-law and four spectacular grandchildren. Joanne retired as a Superintendent of Schools in 2004 following 40 years in a variety of educational and administrative positions. She holds a Master’s degree in Administration and several certificates in Catholic Leadership from the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE). Her passion in education included service to students and staff through Special Education. Joanne has been a member of St. Mary’s Lindsay CWL for 33 years. She held the position of treasurer and organizational chair at the diocesan level prior to assuming the position of Diocesan President. At the parish council level, Joanne served as Education and Health chair as well as Organization chair and held the position of President in 2007-2010. In addition, she serves as a Eucharistic minister and a lector in her parish. Joanne has co-chaired the Volunteer Screening Committee for the Diocese of Peterborough and is a member of the Admissions Committee for the Deaconate for the Diocese of Peterborough. Her community involvement the executive of the Women’s Probus of Kawartha Lakes. She enjoys cross stitch projects, sewing, reading and travel with her husband Brian. She continues to find the opportunity to work and celebrate with women who share a common vision to be rewarding and inspirational.
Laila Villadar Etherington
Spiritual Development Chair
An immigrant from the Philippines to Toronto, Ontario in 1974. Married and a mother of one son and a grandmother of two named Teighan and Marlee. After working for twelve years in the private sector, Laila and Ian found an opportunity up north to become restauranteurs in Emsdale. In a summer of 1991, a Filipino priest from Englehart stopped in for a coffee from his visit to Toronto, during his frequent visits to the restaurant, they became friends. By the fall, she was recruited and signed up to be a member of the Catholic Women’s League at the Holy Trinity Parish, under the Diocese of Timmins.. In 1998, the Ministry of Transportation made an offer to buy the business which allows her to become semi retired. Laila and her husband built their home in 106 Hunters Bay Drive. Huntsville, where she reactivated her CWL membership at St Mary’s of the Assumption. She found her passion in playing golf, and volunteering in various Ministers at the parish.
Her husband suggested that she should go back to work, since, she chooses an expensive sport. Laila worked part-time at the Hudson Bay Company until the spring of 2013. In 2010, Laila was nominated a position to be on a standing committee and on the executive chair. She had all the great support and encouragement from her parish priest and her husband so, she accepted the challenge. Outside the life of the CWL, Laila is a rosary Apostolate Visitors at St Mary’s Catholic school.
Community Life Chair
More to come…