HFCRD Recognizes Local Catholic Women’s Leagues with ASBA Friends of Education Award

  Posted: October 4, 2016

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) was pleased to present the 2016 Friends of Education Award to the Catholic Women’s Leagues (CWLs) of St. Rita’s Parish in Valleyview, St. Paul’s Parish in High Prairie and St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral in McLennan at the ASBA Zone One Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday September 22nd.  Annually, the local CWLs generously support the religious programming at St. Stephen’s School, Ecole Providence School and St. Andrew’s School.

“HFCRD is blessed to have hard working and dedicated Catholic Women’s Leagues that are so generous to our school communities,” said HFCRD Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “Every year, these women give their time and energy to their community and to their local schools.  These generous contributions deserve to be recognized.”

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in Gospel values that calls its members to holiness through service to the people of God.  In HFCRD school communities, they support students who receive the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.  They host luncheons, provide gifts such as candles and rosaries, and prepare certificates for students.  Each year, the CWL provides bibles for the grade four students and crosses for the grade nine students.  They also provide donations for the snack programs inside the schools to assist the schools to provide nutritional snacks and promote healthy choices.  Among the many things the CWL does for the greater community, they have an education committee that deals with responsibilities in the area of Catholic education, Catholic schools, catechesis, rights of Christian initiation, continuing education, scholarships and bursaries.

“As a member of the Catholic Women’s League in High Prairie, I see first-hand the outstanding contributions these wonderful women make to HFCRD schools,” said Trustee Carmelle Lizee.  “They are dedicated Catholic citizens who genuinely care about their community and about making the world a better place.”

Each year, HFCRD recognizes one person or group for their outstanding contribution to local schools.  Nominees should regularly demonstrate their commitment to the improvement of education for Alberta students.  Annually, HFCRD principals submit nominations for the award to the Board of Trustees, who ultimately choose the award winner.