Lorraine was born March 19th in Prince George, BC, as her dad was working there as a lumberjack in the winter. She grew up on a mixed farm in Spirit River, AB along with her five siblings. Lorraine has been married to Ian for 40 years this July. They have two sons, Brandon (Emma) and Ryan (Kristina); and three grandchildren.
Lorraine grew up in a Catholic, French-Canadian home and attended Catholic school until Grade 9. She always wanted to be a French Immersion teacher, so she followed her dream and studied at College St. Jean and the University of Alberta, earning her B.Ed. in 1976. Lorraine taught in Peace River for four years and moved to Calgary in 1980, as she had married a Calgarian who worked in the oil patch. She taught in Catholic schools for 30 years (26 in Calgary). Lorraine retired from full-time teaching in 2009 and continues to guest-teach in French Immersion schools.
Lorraine was invited to join St. Bonaventure CWL 18 years ago. Back then, working full-time as a teacher and being a mom left little time for CWL. She is now Past President; and has served as President, Community Life Chair (4 years) and Spiritual Development Chair.
In her parish, Lorraine is a Eucharistic Minister and collection counter; she helps host Sunday coffee; and collects and delivers donations to Acadia Place, a low-income housing complex. She also supports Ian’s activities as a Knight, which includes helping with “Knight Ride” by giving widows and others rides to Mass.
In her free time, Lorraine loves to read, garden, cook, walk; and especially spend time with her precious grandchildren.
She is passionate about social justice issues and helping to provide the homeless with a hand up. She is a member of a Diocesan Affordable Housing Committee; volunteers with CUPS Calgary and KAIROS Canada; and supports Hike for Life, March for Life, Coldest Night of the Year and Habitat for Humanity. She feels blessed to belong to such a faith-filled group of ladies and is enjoying serving as Diocesan Community Life Chair (2019-2021).
“Protecting the Most Vulnerable with Love and Justice.” Lorraine is using this theme as the focus for her 2-year term, as she informs her CWL sisters on issues of injustice and challenges them to become engaged in visible activities. e.g. Habitat for Humanity, Coldest Night of the Year, Red Wednesday, and other efforts to support the less fortunate.