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Hamilton Diocese CWL
2015 – Barbara Diemert

This year's winner has been president four times including present term. She has held positions as Vice President, Recording Secretary and Communications Convenor. She has spearheaded social, spiritual and community events including entertainment skits, retreats, trip to Quebec City, Bridal fashion show. She is team leader for funeral lunches. She co-ordinates the annual garage sale, Children's Room at the Bazaar, distribution and accounting of tickets for the annual major draw, card party and shower for Birthright. She has served one term on the Hamilton Diocesan Council.

She is a Eucharistic minister, past recording secretary for Parish Council; facilitator of correspondence program for the Hamilton Diocese; leader and facilitator RCIA; she started and leads the Bereavement Support Group; facilitates the Celebrating the Word program; and is a former Children's Liturgy co-ordinator.

She works at Resurrection Centre five mornings a week working with Fr. Fred Scinto, Chaplain of the Waterloo Catholic School Board helping to prepare and distribute Celebrating the Word materials. She is a member of Probus, has been Recording Secretary, Vice President, and is the incoming President. She has volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital and St. Jerome's High School.

She is a graduate of Loyola Institute Ministry Extension Program. She is a widow, mother of 4 and has nine grandchildren. She made sure her daughter became a CWL member at the age of 16 and she is still a committed member 25 years later. Her daughter says, "My mom believes the CWL is about making a difference and developing strong independent women."

It is my pleasure to announce this year's Woman of the Year is Barbara Diemert, from St. Francis of Assisi in Kitchener.

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