QUEEN’S PARK – Last week, I had the opportunity to help host the Ontario Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League’s first Queen’s Park meet-and-greet reception. My office was pleased to welcome and assist the dedicated group of women who make up the Ontario provincial council.
Thunder Bay was well represented at the event. It was a particular pleasure to work with Pauline Krupa of the Thunder Bay diocese. Pauline laboured tirelessly to bring this reception to fruition. She even provided the attendees with a sampling of Thunder Bay’s fantastic food.
The provincial council’s president, Shari Guinta, was also in attendance, and this July she’ll be succeeded by the current president-elect, Marlene Pavletic, who is also from Thunder Bay.
The Ontario Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League is a grassroots organization of 55,000 members from every part of the province. The Catholic Women’s League represents every walk of life and virtually every ethnic and cultural group in Ontario. They work very hard from the local diocesan level on up to create what I describe as the social fabric of our communities: those ideas and activities that bind us together and provide a collective community compass.
Many thanks to the ministers of our government who took the time to meet with the Ontario provincial council members, and thank you to all the members from all the parties who were able to make it to the reception. Again, a special thanks to Shari Guinta, Ann Jacobs, Anne Madden and Pauline Krupa. Your event was a great success, and it’s my hope that this event will become an annual fixture at Queen’s Park.