Paddy Fitzgerald Nolan
Peterborough Diocesan President
Paddy Fitzgerald Nolan ~ legal name Patricia as the priest wouldn’t allow my father to have me baptism as Paddy. Married since 1979 to Brian Nolan, mother of 3 amazing daughters, grammie to 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Born and raised in Godfrey ON, with all my sacraments being made at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bedford. Following in my grandmother’s footsteps Catherine Hickey Fitzgerald who was the first secretary in Bedford at Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1931 to 1933, followed by my mother who has been a member for over 60 plus years.34 of my 39 years have been spend in the Peterborough Diocesan, home is where the heart is. I have held many positions over my years along with running several workshops.On a weekly base, I v o lunteer at KGH as a spiritual care giver along with my dog Citori. Citori can brighten anyone’s day. Like Cheers everyone knows your name, at KGH everyone knows Citori’s name.I keep busy with softball as well bein g treasurer, convenor, board member at two levels, AGM Chair. I am fortune enough to be rename Team ON fastball manager for U21 for the second term of a four year cycle.Together as a family, we are maple syrup producers, along with running two small business out of home. My husband is now the local handy man and I am a grief counsellor whereas I specialist in suicide grief. I am a member of BON bereavement of ON whereas I am the regional rep for Belleville and Kingston. My passion is volunteering with victims of crimes. In my spare time I love to go 4 wheeling, read true crime, volunteering with grief and hospice.
Peterborough Diocesan Past 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!
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.
Spiritual Development Chair
Donna was born and raised in Toronto, relocating to Lindsay in 1975. Her career of 29 years in a major retail store in Lindsay was a reflection of her commitment to the company. Now in her retirement she has settled into an active roll volunteering in Lindsay’s community. As a natural animal lover she has established herself offering service as a pet caregiver.
Joining St. Mary’s Parish CWL in 2007 Donna has held positions on the parish executive council as secretary, treasurer, President, and Past President/ Historian, currently serving as Spiritual Development Chair. Having served on a variety of committees at Parish level is an example of her commitment to the CWL. Donna has served on the Peterborough Diocesan Council as Education and Health Chair 2014-2015.
In 2015 and 2017 Donna participated in two pilgrimages the first with CWL members to the Holy Land with CNEWA Canada to visit the CWL project Velma’s Dream, an initiative to support Holy Land Christians. The second pilgrimage was to Spain and Portugal to celebrate the 100thAnniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the shepherd children. She has been involved in presentations and retreats to share her experiences with CWL members in the Diocese. Donna was recently awarded her Maple Leaf Service pin.
Donna is active in St. Mary’s Parish ministries as Eucharistic minister, lector and Catechist having achieved her Level 1 certification for the teaching of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program and has assisted in establishing an Atrium for the children in St. Mary’s Parish.
Christian Family Life
Pamela Bryson-Weaver, married to Perley Weaver, is the mother of three children, two with special needs. Pamela has 35 years of experience as a registered dental hygienist and owner/manager of a family Dental Center in Fredericton. Pamela has served on the executive of the New Brunswick Dental Hygienists Association, including as President and received the Life Time Achievement Award by NBDHA.
Pamela is an author, speaker, activist, and owner of a publishing company. She has developed the website www.LivingAutismNow.com, to assist individuals, parents and professionals dealing with autism. Pamela has spoken on health and nutrition, dental issues, and Autism, Empowering Women, and Total Health. She offers Clinical Tobacco Intervention sessions.
Pamela was a past president of the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association, past president of the Autism Society (NB), director of Pee Wee Active Living (Junior Special Olympics), and co-director of Birthright Fredericton. Empowering women in 3rdworld countries, she has volunteered and helped through medical/dental/vision clinics. Currently Pamela is promoting a Community Education Outreach: “BE SAFE”, teaching safe behaviors directly and explicitly to teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Pamela enjoys on-line and real estate investing; and is a Wealth Master consultant and support staff for Millionaire Mind courses. She loves to travel and has owned a travel agency. Pamela is a Sedona Method coach. She enjoys spending time in prayer and meditation daily. Pamela enjoys keeping fit and has offered multi certified fitness training classes. Pamela spends time with her husband dancing ballroom and Argentine Tango, riding her Harley, sailing, dragon boating and curling.
Pamela is a CWL past president and currently holds a chair on the Brighton, ON, Holy Angels CWL council. She has served at diocesan and provincial levels. Over the past 33 years, she has helped write several resolutions and has been a keynote speaker at national and at several diocesan and provincial conventions.
It is the giving back for all the wonderful gifts she feels she has been blessed with that is so fulfilling and brings much happiness to her life.
Resolutions and Legislation Chair
Katie has been an active CWL member for almost 40 years. She was President and Past President of our Kirkfield Council for 16 years. She performed the duties of Secretary, Spiritual Development and Resolutions/Legislation for many of those years. I was Spiritual Development at the Diocesan level for one term. Katie is an active member of my Parish Community as Reader, Eucharistic Minister and part time Custodian. In her community, she participates in and assist with local exercise activities, Community Care and the Community Health Centre. She volunteered at our elementary school and Bon Air Seniors’ Residence. Katie facilitate group Djembe drumming and a Pen Pal program between the Seniors and Grades 4 to 6 students.
Katie is passionate about keeping our governments accountable and to that end write many letters. She look forward to taking an active role as Resolutions and Legislation Chair at the Diocesan level.
Glenda Klein, Peterborough Diocesan Communications Chair, joined the Catholic Women’s League in 1969 in Brechin as recording secretary. She has been happily married to Wayne for over 50 years and they have three children and four grandchildren. She has held every position at parish level and has served in all diocesan positions except vice-president. She has served as the newsletter editor, communications chair, treasurer and corresponding secretary at provincial and is currently the sub-chair for organization. She is a past president of St. Kevin’s, Welland, St. John Chrysostom, Newmarket and St. Mary’s, Lindsay (twice). She has served as national life member liaison and sub-chair to Christian family life. She has facilitated retreats and resolutions dialogues, led many leadership and public speaking workshops, treasurers’ workshops, Fieldworkers, Ontario Training Days, Project GROW, Joy in the League and Catch the Fire as well as serving as convention parliamentarian. She likes to write skits and fracture songs! She and has an overactive imagination. She is a confessed convention junkie. Glenda loves the League and all the diverse opportunities it offers to grow in friendship and faith.
More to come…