A born and raised Albertan, Bernice’s childhood parish was St Michael’s, Bow Island. In 1966, she married Larry Thomas and has resided in Calgary since. She has two sons and three grandchildren. Holy Spirit, Calgary has been her parish church since 1979. In 1991 she joined the Catholic Women’s League. As a CWL council member, she has served in the executive positions of President-Elect / Organization, President and recently as a Co-chairing President.
Bernice’s parish involvement has included volunteering with the Share The Word Program; fund-raising among parishioners for Holy Spirit’s present church building; serving with the Hospitality Ministry; and serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
Eight years were served as Chair for St Mary’s CWL Chair Foundation, which concluded in presenting St Mary’s University 1.2 million dollars for “The CWL Chair for Catholic Studies on behalf of Calgary Diocesan CWL”.
Currently is a member of the CWL National Convention 2019 Planning Committee in the capacity of Fundraising Team Lead.
Other volunteer activities include:
- Serving as Treasurer of our Community Association
- Finance volunteer for the Gift Shop at the Alberta Children’s Hospital