Renee was born in Lethbridge and has lived there most of her life. In 2015, her work brought her to Calgary and she now resides in both cities. Being part of both communities has allowed her to take an active role as Treasurer on the 2019 National Convention Planning Committee. Making new friendships and time spent together has been a true blessing in her life.
She is happy to join the Calgary Diocesan Council again, having previously served a four-year term as Treasurer from 2013 to 2017.
Her love for the Catholic Women’s League began in 2002 when she became a member of St. Martha’s Parish Council in Lethbridge. Renee served on her council's executive as Secretary, Treasurer, President, and Past President.
She was humbled when her council nominated her for the prestigious Elsie Yanik Award for leadership and service; which was presented at the 2018 Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Convention. Renee’s focus has been on aligning CWL goals with members’ talents and abilities, while considering their generational transition. She wants her CWL sisters to know that they are called to do the Lord’s work and that “You are the Right Person in the Right Place at the Right Time.”
With her council’s support, she has led two important initiatives over the last several years. First, in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, they successfully participated in Western Tailgate Fundraisers. The proceeds assisted youth and those most in need in the community. Second, she developed and facilitated the Annual Women’s Advent Retreat in Lethbridge. Every year she has experienced true joy being with women who are open to the Holy Spirit touching their hearts and lives.
Renee is grateful for her husband, Randall who has encouraged and supported her while she pursued her education, career, and love for the CWL. They married in 1985 and have three children: Dante (1993), Elizabeth (1996), and Pascal (2005). Renee has a B.A. in Art and became a Certified Management Accountant in 2001. She now works for the Canada Revenue Agency.
Renee loves learning and experiencing new adventures. Recently, she has been on an Employment Equity Committee promoting an understanding of women’s issues and her Metis heritage. She has learned that women play an important role in our communities and country. Their voices and actions are powerful tools for change and in mentoring youth. Her newest adventure is to recruit and mentor women as they grow together as sisters in the Catholic Women’s League.
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