Catholic Women’s League national convention coming to Charlottetown

The national agenda in Charlottetown contains even more significant issues


Published on March 12, 2017

P.E.I. Catholic Women’s League (CWL) members Elaine Black, left, chairwoman of planning, and Irene Gallant, provincial president, display the cover of the league’s magazine, “The Canadian League”. It shows members of the CWL in P.E.I. recreating the famous Fathers of Confederation pose on the steps of Fanningbank in Charlottetown. With Canada’s 150th birthday in mind, the picture was done to promote the national convention in August in Charlottetown.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Members of the Catholic Women’s League in P.E.I. are committed to protecting the sanctity of life.

We’re trying to get palliative care included in the Canada Health Act, so that it would be covered. We’re also looking at home care as part of that as well Irene Gallant

And they will be adding their voices to those across the country this summer when the 97th annual national convention comes to Charlottetown.

The Catholic Women’s League will meet at the Delta Prince Edward and P.E.I. Convention Centre, Aug. 6-9.

“Certainly we’ll be talking about euthanasia (and) we’re talking about physicians’ right of conscience in terms of assisted dying,’’ said Irene Gallant, provincial president of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL).

“Nationally, we’ve written to the prime minister, and provincially I’ve written to the premier and to the minister of health and the medical society about that particular issue.’’

But, the national agenda in Charlottetown contains even more significant issues.

Palliative care is one of them.

“We’re trying to get palliative care included in the Canada Health Act, so that it would be covered. We’re also looking at home care as part of that as well.’’

For anyone who thinks the CWL is all bark and no bite, Gallant said the organization has lobbied successfully for change before, namely having plastic microbeads banned in toiletries.

This is the first time in 17 years P.E.I. has hosted the national convention, and it just happens to fall on Canada’s 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, members of the CWL in P.E.I. recreated the Fathers of Confederation historic pose on the steps of Fanningbank for the cover shot on “The Canadian League”, the official publication of the CWL which goes out to 83,000 women across Canada.

Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 delegates are expected for the convention. Some delegates will bring their families thereby boosting overall numbers.

Elaine Black, chairwoman of the planning committee, said all P.E.I. members are involved in convention planning.

That’s more than 2,000 members from 35 councils.

“All councils within the province can be involved. No other province could do that due to the distance they’d have to travel in other provinces to get to meetings,’’ Black said. “We do have volunteers from tip to tip.’’

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