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Education and Health Communiqué #2 − November 4, 2009

Education and Health Communiqué #3 - February 5, 2010

Education and Health Communiqué #4 - June 26, 2010

Education and Health Communiqué #5 - November 20, 2010

Education and Health Communiqué #1 - June 2011

Education and Health Communiqué #2 - November 2011


Education and Health Communiqué #2 - November 2011


Monica Beavis, Provincial Education and Health Chairperson


Greetings to all Education and Health Chairpersons.
We are entering into the Advent Season in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This is a busy time for us; let us not forget to reach out to our neighbor in the spirit of Faith and Justice.


Catholic Education


Saskatoon Catholic School division is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. Mary Jo Leddy founder of Romero House in Toronto an organization formed to assist refugees that come to Canada was guest speaker. She emphasized that schools can create a more just society by educating children to welcome others from other countries One finds our identity in giving, sharing, caring and respecting the dignity of others.


She has just written a book “The Other Face Of God “ it is spiritual guide to the practical, legal, and bureaucratic process of settling refugees in Canada. She states that,” It’s a long scriptural tradition and teaching that in welcoming the stranger we are blessed.”


As CWL Members we want to promote equality and fair treatment to the refugees attempting to make a new life in Canada. This may involve revitalizing the sponsorship program in the parish or taking an interest in a program that is currently assisting refugee families.




The CHAS Convention in October focused on the theme "The Grace of Aging". The keynote address was given by Sister Elizabeth Davis outlined from her perspective how we can look at aging as a gift. She challenged us to respect our seniors and be attentive to the human dignity of that person. One of the messages that came through was NOT to refer to them as the ELDERLY or speak to the person in a child like manner.


Statistics are indicating that by 2025, 25%of the population in Saskatchewan will be over 65 .Now is the time to lobby government to increase the number of Long Term Care beds and senior housing projects to accommodate the demand for services to this population . Spiritual care is an important consideration when the person or family is looking for holistic care .The church community must continue to support the organizations that are working on projects that will meet the needs of the aging sector in society today. The Knights of Columbus are currently involved in building a low income housing unit.


People are living longer, as a result we are experiencing a major increase in the incidence of Dementia and Alzheimer’s .How do we address this? The first thing is to educate ourselves and volunteer to support the caregivers who may have family members with this disease.




Currently there is a lot of media coverage on “Occupy Wall Street Movement”
The goal is to bring an awareness of the economic inequality and the exploitation of the poor. Particular attention is being directed to the Homeless. Is this a challenge in your community? What are some options to address this issue?


An organization in Saskatoon is coordinating a fundraiser called “Hope For The Homeless’. The participants are sponsored, and the money collected is designated to the capital project that is the construction of a grocery store on twenty street -a low-income areas in Saskatoon .The participant lives the life of a homeless person for 24 hours.


Research has shown that with a neighborhood grocery store it improves the accessibility of fresh produce and staples that may not be available at a convenience store Transportation may not be an issue if it is in the community.


Resolution Follow Up


2011.03 National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Registry
Action – has your CWL Members written to your member of parliament to lobby for a national registry?


2011.04 Caffeine in Energy Drinks
Action –Lobby for more public education to the general public on the effects of caffeine on children.


Seek more information on a provincial level as to where, how. And to what age group these energy drinks can be sold.


May you have the SPIRIT of Christmas, which is PEACE
The GLADNESS of Christmas, which is HOPE
The HEART of Christmas, which is LOVE


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Education and Health Communiqué #1- June 2011


Monica Beavis, Provincial Education and Health Chairperson


Welcome to the summer season, depending where one lives I hope that you are not battling the floods and will have the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather.


Education and Health Committee covers many interesting topics that affect the community we live in and our families.


CWL Members at the National Executive Level presented the resolutions to the Federal Members of Parliament.


Some of the programs at the federal government level that may impact people at the local level are:

  • Income Tax Credit for Children’s Participation in Arts and Cultural Activities
  • Pathways to Education –this is a unique program of early intervention and support focusing on high school students who are having difficulty addressing the challenges of society. This community program provides tutoring, mentoring, counseling and financial help to disadvantaged youth and families
  • Working Income Tax Benefit – is designed to provide tax relief for eligible working low-income individuals already in the workforce.

POVERTY is our focus this year! The goal is to educate ourselves and be aware of the programs available and be an ADVOCATE FOR THE MARGINALIZED IN OUR COMMUNITY.


EDUCATION –The challenge for teachers today is to understand the culture that the children are exposed to in todays society . Dr. Richard Gaillorditz states that the four major forces affecting culture today is individualism, pluralism ‘technology and consumerism. The teachers’ challenge is to integrate the Gospel teachings into the lives of the children in the current secular dominated society . In Quebec and Manitoba there is legislation in place restricting religious activity ,for example prayer and songs with a religious reference.


Greater Saskatoon School division is starting a new program in the fall called Roots Of Empathy –It is a program developed to help the students to CARE About Each Other . The purpose is to appreciate the feelings of the other person and with the hope that it will reduce the risk of aggression and bullying in the schools.


CWL Members please continue your involvement with the schools in your community .The teachers need our support, and advocate for value of Catholic Education.


HEALTH CARE –The hot topics of discusion in the area of health are:

  • Healthy Lifestyle – today we are focused on nutrition ,and strive to create awareness to reading the food labels and understand the possible implications of the food products you are eating.
  • Diabetes , Hypertension and Obesity appears to be a major concern , more education and support for community programs is required to attempt to address these health issues . Poverty is one of the factors that contribute to people developing these conditions.

CLEAN ENVIRONMENT—The three R’s of the environment are ; REDUCE ,RE-USE ,AND RE-CYCLE. As consumers we must select products that are genuinely environmentally friendly . It is estimated that 98% of consumer products promoted as green may in fact not be environmentally friendly .The categories most prone to false claims are cosmetics ,cleaning products ,toys ,and baby products for more information contact Terra Choice.

Weather and climate changes are in the news these days . Saskatchewan is experiencing extreme flooding in parts of the province .As members centred on faith and justice let us do our part and reach out to those people in the communities affected and assist those who have suffered a major loss personally and also financially.



During the summer is a good time to plan for the Fall Activities . There are courses offered through the Diocese that CWL Members can expand their knowledge . The Lay Formation course is an excellent program that enriches our knowledge of the church and prepares us for the various ministries in the church . Scholarships and bursaries are available to members at the National Level.


May you have a wonderful summer with your family!


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Education and Health Communiqué #5 - November 20, 2010


Marge Szabo, Provincial Education and Health Chairperson


Our winter season is upon us in full force, especially here in Regina. We’ve already had 3 major snow systems and with frigid temperatures.
I attended the National Convention in August and was one of your accredited Saskatchewan delegates. We were celebrating our CWL 90th Anniversary (1920-2010), so each province dressed in costume to represent an era of time. Saskatchewan members dressed for the 1920’s. It made it a fun time for everyone. It was also an election year and we witnessed the installation of our national president, Velma Harasen, from Regina. In January, it begins her new theme, Centred on Faith and Justice. Our new National Education and Health Chairperson is Pearl Bridgwater from Quebec.



  • A reminder to apply for a bursary from National Bursary Fund by May 31. Form (A3-18/19) in the National Manual of Policy and Procedure.

Did you know?
Saskatchewan province has invested $885,000 in 18 new pre kindergarten programs. These programs have a positive impact on a child’s development and it supports early literacy and student achievement. Saskatchewan now has 230 pre kindergarten programs benefiting some 3,680 children.



I attended the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (known as CHAS) convention in October. It is a wonderful organization supporting Catholic workers in hospital and care homes. I would highly recommend that your council take out a membership to support them. Their address is: 1702 – 20th Street W. Saskatoon, Sk. S7M 0Z9 (306) 655-5330
Now available- DVD (59minutes) Euthanasia – No Way to End
Purchase from CHAS for $10.00. Jeff Christiansen, Executive Director of Regina Palliative Care Inc. explores the theological, pastoral and spiritual dimensions and the importance of palliative care approach. It is an excellent resource for any parish council.


Looking for a speaker?
Ann Chase is a Saskatchewan Ovarian Cancer survivor and coordinator. Her presentation is called, “Listen to the Whispers”. She is willing to make presentations anywhere in the province. To make arrangements, phone (306) 584-3450 email:




Did you know?
* Saskatchewan has the highest rate of growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Therefore, the Sask. government has made a commitment to find solutions. We all must do our part. SaskEnergy has put out an information pamphlet in the shape of a piggy bank, which explains how we can save energy and money. Grants are given to make energy efficient upgrades in our homes. This program ends March 31, 2011. Visit for details. “Saving energy makes cents”


(SWEEP) Saskatchewan Waste Electronic Equipment Program is the first industry – electronic stewardship program of its kind in Canada. You can take any electronic equipment, such as stereos, telephones, answering machines, computers etc. to SARCAN depots. There are 3 disassembly plants in Saskatchewan to separate materials in component parts to be recycled.


Yes, hazardous wastes are being monitored by our government. Titan Uranium Incorporated has been convicted and fined $85,676 for burning hazardous waste materials. The company also agreed to clean up the site. We are so fortunate that our country maintains a high standard so as to protect our environment and people. Many developing countries do not have these same standards. (News release – October 14, 2010)



  • Water saving showerhead - Put together a gift basket of spa items for the bathroom along with a new showerhead that conserves water usage.
  • Rechargeable batteries - Many children’s toys and portable electronics need batteries, so go green by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
  • Bamboo cutting board – Made from natural material, can be used for cutting on or for a decorative platter.
  • Reusable shopping bags – Find stylish reusable tote bags for all your purchases. Some bags, are folded small enough to be carried in your purse or pocket.
  • Reusable travel mug – Give a personalized travel mug instead of using disposable foam or paper cups.
  • Gifts that grow – Buy someone a potted flowering plant or greenery. A gift that grows green.

May the Blessings of Christmas be with you and your family throughout the New Year.


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Education and Health Communiqué #4 - June 26, 2010


Marge Szabo, Provincial Education and Health Chairperson


Greetings to all,
Our springtime has been busy with diocesan and provincial conventions. Both were very successful in bringing our members together and relaying our committee reports. Now we can look forward to attending the National Convention in Ottawa in August. This being an election year at national, I wish to extend a “thank you” to Cecile Miller, our national chair, for her two years in Education and Health. We wish her success in future endeavors with the Catholic Women’s League.




Do you know someone who would benefit from a bursary?
Plan ahead and educate yourself by pursuing studies in adult faith formation or youth ministry. A bursary may be available from the National Bursary Fund. For other criteria and guidelines, refer to the bursary form in the National Manual of Policy and Procedure (A3-18/19) Application deadline is May 31. Please post in your communiqués to your councils.




The Palliative Care Survey conducted by Cecile Miller has been summarized and made available at the Provincial Convention. If you did not get a copy, it is available from national office.
Much more information on Hospice Palliative Care is available from the website,
From articles on Palliative Care services, it shows the need for more work to be done in our rural communities and caregivers need stronger emotional and financial support.
The Saskatchewan Palliative Care Association (SPCA) is an organization with a strong advocacy voice for palliative care.
Did you know?

  • The autumn crocus flower is the SPCA symbol, as palliative care is important to those people who are in the fall of their lives.
  • A wreath, made up of 4 colours to represent the seasons, is the SPCA logo.
  • Mission Statement - To strive towards achieving comfort and peace for persons across Saskatchewan living and dying with terminal illness.
  • Registered palliative care patients are not charged for prescription drugs listed in the Saskatchewan Formulary.
  • Drugs listed under the Exception Drug Status will need a separate physician request to be funded.
  • Our CWL resolution 2007.03 on Palliative Care appears on the list of website references (view it here.
  • SPCA is advocating federally for compassionate care benefits for caregivers to be increased from 6 weeks to 26 weeks within a 52 week period.

  • SPCA is recommending a monthly caregiver tax benefit to relieve the financial burden by caring for a patient at home.



The Go Green Fund is a financial commitment from the Saskatchewan Government to assist Saskatchewan’s people, communities, non government organizations and businesses address the province’s most important environmental issues.


The Go Green Fund will invest in results-based projects that contribute to the following objectives:

  • Reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Conservation of water supplies
  • Maintenance or restoration of water quality to meet established standards
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Reduction of waste
  • Improvement in the understanding and acceptance of the need to address environmental issues

More information can be found on this website -


It is interesting to note that Cowessess First Nation Council will be benefiting from this fund to design, install and monitor a wind turbine and energy storage system. This project will take place on land owned by Cowessess First Nation, about 5 kilometers southwest of Regina.
Let us all do our part to GO GREEN SASKATCHEWAN.


Have a great summer and may you be rejuvenated to begin an enthused year of service to the people of God and Canada.


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Education and Health Communiqué #3 - February 5, 2010


Marge Szabo, Provincial Education and Health Chairperson


Greetings extended to all Education and Health Chairpersons.
Our winter season is moving along, with December and January behind us. We look forward to the coming months, filled with our rich liturgical season of Easter, then followed by our Catholic Women’s League diocesan and provincial conventions.


Reports from National Executives


In order to know and understand our Catholic Women’s League, we should educate ourselves, and the members of our councils, of our great organization. An informative article on page 21, about our beginnings as an organization was written by our National Past President, Lorette Noble, as she explains how “the torch has been passed down through many generations.”


As I mentioned COADY International Institute in my last communiqué, there is a wonderful report written by Velma Harasen, president –elect and Cecile Miller, National Chairperson for Education and Health, on pages 10-12, in the League Magazine. They have seen first hand how education can change lives and give people hope, as witnessed in their journey to India and Nepal.


National Chairperson of Spiritual Development, Terri Scott, informs us about Catholic Christian Outreach, known as CCO, on page 7 of the League Magazine. It was founded in Saskatoon in 1988 and now can be found in several major campuses. Their emphasis is including spirituality in their lives, which equips them to be mature Christians and to be proclaimers of the Word for the future.


Provincial News


The Literacy Office, Ministry of Education, was established to develop and co-ordinate a new literacy strategy. The Literacy Office works to raise awareness of the importance of high- level literacy development for all citizens. The Literacy Commission Advisory Board works with many groups such as educational institutions, First Nations, businesses, adult education, volunteer organizations and others. Their main objective is to imply the importance of literacy with other essential skills and to increase literacy levels in English, Math, Science and Technology.


News Release-Dec.17, 2009, Literacy Projects will receive Provincial funding. Fifteen community partnerships from across Saskatchewan are receiving $535,000 from the SaskSmart Innovations Fund, to address local literacy needs. This fund was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to organizations and communities who pursue innovative ways to address family and workplace literacy.




This is an early learning and childcare service offered by the Saskatchewan Government. It is a voluntary program that helps vulnerable families to become the best parents they can be and to have the healthiest children possible. The program enhances knowledge, provides support and builds on family strengths. KidsFirst families receive a home visitor for assistance in guiding the family to other services or support groups and to offer specialized counseling services. All babies born in Saskatchewan hospitals are screened to assess the challenges faced by the family and determine KidsFirst eligibility. They work closely with Social Services and Ministry of First Nations and Metis Relations. For more information, check the website,




H1N1 Virus reports have subdued over the last few months, but the Ministry of Health is still encouraging residents who have not received their vaccine, to do so by appointment at the Public Health Office. Overall, vaccination for Saskatchewan population is just below 50 per cent, one of the best in the country. According to statistics, only 22 percent of males between the ages of 18-34 were vaccinated. The World Health Organization is still issuing a pandemic alert level, and that the virus is still spreading. For your own tracking and statistics, log on to


Many aspects on health and safety are listed with the Government of Saskatchewan. This includes programs offered, benefits and insurance. Check the website for full coverage,


Special health care facilities to open in Saskatoon.

  1. Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan located at the Royal University Hospital site have been planning for years, but now are affirmed by a $200 million commitment from the Saskatchewan Government.

  2. Irene and Leslie Dube Centre for Mental Health is due to open early in 2010. In partnership of hospitals and community support, mental health services will be able to treat patients with dignity in this new setting.

  3. News conference, Jan. 27, 2010, announces that Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation in partnership with the MS Society of Canada is establishing a multiple sclerosis clinical research in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Since Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, additional funding will be available to peruse breakthrough treatment of MS.

Triclosan Update


The Canadian Medical Association has asked the federal government to ban Triclosan in consumer products because it may cause bacterial resistance thus decreasing the effectiveness of antibiotics. This relates to our CWL Resolution 2008.02, Restrictions on Sale of Products Containing Triclosan.


February-Heart & Stroke Month


The Heart and Stroke Foundation has issued their 2010 Annual Report on Canadian health. Rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity has greatly increased, therefore putting Canadians at risk for heart disease. They issued a “Call to Action” to federal and provincial governments to provide initiatives to stop this spiraling problem.


Buy A Net Malaria Prevention Group, the article on page 19, written in The League Magazine by Debra Lefebvre, who has traveled to Uganda and has witnessed how bed nets and drug therapies, along with education can fight malaria. Perhaps your council could participate in this program.




The Pope’s message for 2010, World Peace Day will focus on the environment. Pope Benedict XV1 said, “If you want to cultivate peace, safeguard creation.” The use of resources, climate change, the application and use of biotechnologies and demographic growth are all issues that can have repercussions across national borders for generations to come. This message will further be developed in the Pope’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth).


Always do your part to RECYCLE and RE- USE


4 things you can’t recover in life

  1. The stone---after it’s thrown
  2. The word---after it’s said
  3. The occasion---after it’s missed
  4. The time---after it’s gone

May we become Women of Peace and Hope in all that we say and do.


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Marge Szabo, Provincial Education and Health Chairperson




I first have to draw your attention to The League Magazine, pages 3 to 5, in our fall issue. It is a concise report on the Catholic Women’s League’s delegation to the Federal Government this past March. So as not to miss anything, I highlighted the names of contacts in one color and the resolutions that were discussed in another color. Wow, can you imagine having to contact 19 people in two days. They should be giving time management classes! Their contacts included: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Status of Women, policy advisors, directors of policy, public liaison, Member of Parliament, and the Apostolic Nunciature, which is the home of the Holy Father’s representative to Canada. Our 4 National CWL Executives; Past President, Lorette Noble, President- Elect, Velma Harasen, Legislation Chair, Judy Lewis and Resolutions Chair, Barb Dowding represented our League (all of us) to voice our concerns and to discuss 8 resolutions passed over the last few years. Please educate your members and let them know, that the dialogue we have with our Federal Government, is an effective way in lobbying for all, the poor and those without a voice. We are listened to and well respected.


Saskatchewan has celebrated Education Week in October, but it doesn’t stop there. With the theme, Achieving My Inner Best, the Sask. government announced a new online curriculum, the newest in technologies and support materials so that student achievement can become a reality.


For the Saskatoon Diocese, a new initiative between the province and Farm in Dell Inc. will be providing new facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. It will provide residential and day program services in a rural setting.


I would highly recommend the Catholic Organization for Life and Family magazine known as COLF. It is most informative on many health and ethical issues. Try to have your parish or CWL council purchase them and to keep them circulating.


Congratulations to COADY International Institute located at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in celebrating 50 years. Coady Institute provides education for action, to community development leaders from foreign countries. To date, some 5000 graduates from 130 countries share this experience. It provides leadership that enables people and organizations and societies to achieve their goals in building sustainable communities. Thank you to the CWL Councils, who have contributed to the CWL National Voluntary Fund, which offer bursaries to these women. Congratulations to Velma Harasen, President Elect, Cecile Miller, National Education and Health Chair and 3 other delegates, who departed on Nov. 2, to India upon their invitation to see the work done by some of the graduates. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about their incredible journey and their connection with the people and COADY.


The fall sitting of Sask. Legislature is now on. Debates on health initiatives are taking place. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Re-establishing a provincial addicts treatment agency
  • Tighter control on needle exchange program
  • Further steps to reduce tobacco use
  • To reduce surgical wait times to no longer than 3 months, even if the patient has to be transferred out of the province
  • Steps to be taken for banning text and hand –held cell phone usage while driving


I attended the Catholic Health Association of Sask. (CHAS) Convention on October 26 & 27, with the theme, Circles of Care: People Caring for People. Catholic Health Care facilities gave their reports and were strongly affirmed in the ministry they do. Please support this organization by buying a membership either personally or council membership. Make check payable to: Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan 1702- 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK. S7M 0Z9


CHAS Project team, Bob Williston and Bill Fletcher introduced the new revised Community of Care: A Parish Ministry of Care Program. The program is approved by the Bishops from the three Saskatchewan dioceses.


H1N1 Flu- This is well publicized, so I just urge you to stay healthy and wait for direction given by the health services. Each parish and community have safeguards in place, if needed.



In the Throne Speech, the Sask. government made a commitment to increase wind power to double its power production. This is a clean renewable energy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help ensure that we have sustainable electricity for the future.


Loving God, You are the source of Peace
We ask for Strength and the Hope we need
To grow in holiness as we walk humbly with you. Amen.
May our Lady of Good Counsel continue to intercede for us, and guide us in all our work for the league.
May you and your families enjoy the true spirit of the Christmas season.


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