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Bellelle Guerin Award


Bellelle Guerin was the first president of The Catholic Women's League of Canada. This award is presented to individuals who have worked tirelessly to keep the spirit of the League alive, in the spirit of the first president, Bellelle Guerin.

The League's roots began in 1920 with its first National President, Bellelle Guerin, who had a vision, faith and a dream "to see it [CWL] rooted in every major centre from Halifax to Victoria."

At the first dominion convention Toronto 1921, she stated, "We have before us some days of serious and strenuous work. Let us approach it with all the zeal and good will that is in our souls. Shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, let us go forth from this convention bound by the solidarity that nothing can break, gentlewomen, but brave soldiers holding aloft our banner of patriotism to our beloved country and of inviolable fidelity to our glorious faith!"

The women nominated should be individuals who have kept the vision and the dream of Bellelle Guerin alive in Canada and the world by dedicating themselves to the work of the League in their parish, diocese and/or province. Nomination forms can be found on the CWL national website at www.cwl.ca under the Supplies and Forms button.

Past Recipients

 2012Anne Didio CrawfordBlessed Sacrament, Kitchener
 2010Heidi Wagner St. Boniface, Maryhill
 2008Shirley SullivanCorpus Christi, Hamilton


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