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Meet Your Executive!

President - Lyne Tuepah

Lyne was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in a French Catholic family, the oldest of six children. She worked at Bell Canada for 37 years; during that time met her husband Dale, who also worked at Bell. They were married in 1990, lived in Tamworth, moved to Ottawa, then moved Kingston for 14 years before returning closer to home in the summer of 2020. Both Lyne and Dale are now retired in Carleton Place and spend their time volunteering and at Ottawa Senator games. 

Lyne coordinates the Faith Formation ministry at her parish, St. Mary’s and is the editor of their ‘Living Our Mission’ newsletter. 

Lyne found The Catholic Women’s League late in life, likely due to belonging to a French church growing up. There is no CWL in the French churches, at least not hers. While living in Kingston and attending St. Paul the Apostle church, she discovered the CWL and joined in 2014 where she immediately accepted the role of President-Elect. Lyne served her term as President and halfway through her Past-President term, was asked to accept the Communication role in the Kingston Diocesan council. She also took on the webmaster accountability for the Diocesan website. She then was elected as 2nd Vice President / Spiritual Development and now serves as Diocesan President. She feels blessed that she found this wonderful organization and so many new faith-filled sisters.

Spiritual Advisor - Father Stéphane Pouliot

Father Stéphane Pouliot was appointed as the spiritual advisor to the Diocesan Executive of the Catholic Women’s League in May 2022 by Archbishop Mulhall for a 5-year term. Father Stéphane was born on June 3 1974 and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on May 24 2003 by Archbishop Anthony Meagher, archbishop of Kingston, in Ontario. He is currently the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Carleton Place where he was appointed by Archbishop Mulhall on August 16th 2022. 

Past President/Historian - Nancy Richer

Nancy has been a League member in good standing since 1994. At the parish council level she has served as Communications Chairperson, two terms as Secretary, Organization Chair/President Elect, President and Past President, a position she held for two terms due to the passing of the past President.  She remains active at the parish level.

On the diocesan level Nancy served as Region Four Rep for one year. She was then elected to the Recording Secretary position, followed by 1st Vice President/Organization Chair, Treasurer, President-Elect/Organization Chair, President and is now Past President/Historian.

She helped organize and accompanied the group from St. Mary/St. Cecilia Parish to World Youth Day in Toronto.  She retired from 13 years active service with Scouts Canada.

Nancy has over 17 years’ experience in the accounting and secretarial field. She has been the part time bookkeeper/secretary for St. Mary’s Parish, Morrisburg since 2001.  In 2016 she also took on a part time position at Divine Infant Parish in Orleans as bookkeeper.  In 2017 she added another part time job as a part time bookkeeper for Resurrection of our Lord in Ottawa.  She worked in the property management field for 8 years in Ottawa before moving to Iroquois.

Nancy has been married to Chris for 33 years and they have two grown children, Madeline and Michael.

Treasurer - Mary Lou Hills


Mary Lou joined The Catholic Women’s League of Canada after responding to an invitation to attend a general meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes Council in Kingston on Women’s Health Issues. That was 25 years ago.  She joined The League because it offered Catholic women a means to voice their concerns, its service to the parish community and its commitment to Social Justice. Diocesan Retreat Days afforded her the solitude and peace reminiscent of her years as a high school student at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota and at The College of St. Teresa, in Winona, Minnesota where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. She later put to good use her background working as a Child Welfare Officer and Juvenile Offender Officer in Edmonton, Alberta, Social Worker for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston and Social Worker for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Her second career was as an Administrative Assistant with the Correctional Service of Canada from which she retired in 2012. 

Immediately after joining the League she took on the role of Recording Secretary and then served for four years as Co- President on the council at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. After serving as Past President she took a brief hiatus, later transferring her membership to Blessed Sacrament Parish Council since she and her husband had moved to Amherstview. Again, she took on the role of Recording Secretary, President and now again as Recording Secretary – all in the span of 8 years. In 2019 she was appointed to the Diocesan Council as Recording Secretary and is now the Diocesan Treasurer. She is committed to contribute to the reorganization and restructuring of The League because she sincerely believes in its core values. She has always treasured her sisters in The League – who supported her through her bout of cancer and at the death of her husband of 49 years in 2016.  She is a Lector at Blessed Sacrament Parish and was in the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Recording Secretary - Colleen Hills

Colleen’s childhood was spent in Windsor where she was blessed to be the eldest of six rowdy children of strong loving Catholic parents. She graduated from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto and enjoyed a career in hospital nursing (St. Mike’s), visiting nursing (VON) and Occupational Health, most recently at Belleville General.

With her husband David, they currently reside in Picton where she attends St. Gregory the Great parish having been a CWL member there since 2006. She is part of their newly formed Pastoral Care Ministry. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

Prior to the move to Prince Edward County and David’s retirement, she was a member at St. Bonaventure Parish in Toronto, served by Franciscan Friars. She was blessed to be a chaperone of that parish’s delegation to World Youth Day in Paris in 1999 with Pope John Paul II. This was an amazing faith-affirming experience.

A source of enrichment for her is Ignatian spirituality, kindled by the fact that she has an older cousin, a Jesuit, who’s faith has been a gift to their extended family. She has been privileged to serve the League in several roles on Parish Executives in Toronto and in Picton. A CWL member for 35 years, Colleen is currently serving as Recording Secretary on the 2022-24 Diocesan Executive. This is her 3rd term on the Kingston Diocesan Executive. The sisterhood of the League, its mission and its service continue to fulfill her.

Communications/Corresponding Secretary/Webmaster - Annette Meadows

Annette was born in Windsor ON, but grew up near Port Hope and Cobourg. She is the youngest of 8 children. After completing her college education, she moved to Ottawa to work for the Canada Border Services Agency for 17 years. She was medically retired in 2006. She moved to Carleton Place, where she currently resides since 2005.

Annette is active in her parish with the music ministry and Divine Mercy Apostolate. She currently accepted the position of Coordinator for the Lay Apostolate. 

She is also active with the CWL. Since joining in 2011, she has held several positions on council and is currently the Past President. 

Annette is serving her first term on the Kingston Diocesan Council as Correspondence Secretary and has graciously agreed to also take on the role of Webmaster. 

In her spare time, you can find Annette with her grandkids or watching the Toronto Blue Jays or Ottawa Senators with her dogs nicely nestled on her lap.

Spiritual Development - Angela Town

Angela was born in Brantford, Ontario, the oldest of three children. Her father joined the Royal Canadian Airforce when she was 2 years old and lived in CFB Borden, Ontario; CFB Summerside, PEI; Scott AFB in Belleville, Illinois, USA; CFB Trenton, ON and then moved to North Gower, ON where she finished high school and went on the become a hairstylist. Angela found her current home in Trenton, ON with her husband Ken and is the mother of four adult children and Gramma to 7 grandchildren. 

Angela is a lector in her home parish of St. Peter-in-Chains.

Angela was introduced to The Catholic Women’s League by Shelly Murphy in 2005. She was an active participant in council activities for the first few years. She has held the positions of Secretary, Communications, Organization, Education and Health, Christian Family Life and President (following in her mother’s footsteps who served as Parish President while they were posted in Summerside, PEI). In her second term as President, she was moved to join the Diocesan Council. Angela’s first term serving on the Diocesan Council was spent as Christian Family Life Chairperson and now serves as Diocesan Spiritual Development Chairperson. There is no greater blessing than to be surrounded by faith filled women including her two daughters.

Organization - Maureen Vincentine

Maureen and her husband Brian are proud parents of two children and are blessed with five wonderful grandchildren. They live in Foxboro, just outside Belleville. Maureen taught Math and Religion for the local Catholic schoolboard until she retired in 2002.

Maureen has been an active member of The Catholic Women’s League since 1984. She has served in many executive roles at the parish level, including president for a number of terms. She came onto the Kingston Diocesan Council as chair of Education and Health in 2013. Since then, she has served as chair of Organization/President–Elect, President and Past President of the Kingston Diocesan Council. She has been asked to serve as chair of Organization once again as that position was not filled.

In her parish, Maureen is a coordinator of the bereavement committee. She helps in the preparation of candidates for First Communion and Confirmation. She is a lector and Eucharistic Minister as well.

Maureen is a member of the diocesan Development and Peace committee as well as a member of the Belleville Youth Justice program.

She is happy to continue to be involved with The Catholic Women’s League in the diocese of Kingston.

Christian Family Life - Bernadette Veitch

Bernadette has had a long association with The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, receiving her 45 year pin in 2022.  Having worked with several Catholic Agencies, initially, she “thought it would look good on her resume”, not knowing how the CWL would become an important part of her life. 

From her home parish of St. Paul Basilica in Toronto, St. John the Evangelist in Whitby, St. John the Evangelist in Flinton, St. John the Apostle in Kingston and Blessed Sacrament in Amherstview, she has been an active member. Bernadette held the President’s position in Flinton and St. John’s in Kingston and twice in Blessed Sacrament, Amherstview. 

She was appointment to the Kingston Diocesan Council as Region One Representative, which gained her valuable experience and networking skills. She has also held Education and Health and Community Life Chairs on the Diocesan Council. She has the pleasure of working with the former Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Dale Wright during most of his term. 

During life’s ups and downs, she has always been able to count on her Sisters in the League for prayers, support, guidance and friendship.

Resolutions - Karen Mulvihill

Karen is currently in her 28th year of teaching with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School
Board. She is a teacher of senior mathematics at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Kingston. She
was also a junior religion teacher for several years.
Karen joined the League in 2002 when she was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Amherstview.
She currently belongs to the council at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Kingston. She has served on her
parish’s Liturgy Committee, Screening Committee, volunteers as a lector and extraordinary minister of
communion, helps with funeral luncheons and supports her council as the Past President. Karen acted
as co-chair of the host council for the Diocesan Convention in 2017.

Life Member Liaison - Stephanie Spinelli

Stephanie joined The Catholic Women’s League in her home parish of St. Francis de Sales/Blessed Sacrament, Smiths Falls in 1990. She soon became an executive member of her council and served 12 years in officer positions including treasurer, recording secretary, president (1997-2003) and past president/historian. She was pleased to be presented with the Maple Leaf Pin in 1998. 

She has twice had the opportunity to belong to both diocesan and provincial convention hosting committees serving as treasurer and co-convener. 

At the diocesan level Stephanie served two terms as treasurer and one as recording secretary; as chairperson of organization/president-elect; followed by presidency (2013-15) and past president/historian. She was a member of the Kingston Diocesan Manual of Policy and Procedure Review Committee 2019. She recently accepted the appointment as Diocesan Life Member Liaison for the 2022-24 term.

Stephanie has served as a sub-committee member of the provincial legislation committee, was a member of the 2011 and 2014 Ontario provincial convention minutes review committees and was a member of the 2017 OPC Manual of Policy & Procedure review committee.

She served the Ontario Provincial Council Executive as the appointed administrative assistant for the 2017-2019 term.

Stephanie was honoured and humbled to be presented with Life Membership in the League in May, 2018.

For over 40 years Stephanie has been involved in parish life volunteering at parish schools assisting with various events and programs including the Speech & Language and School Nutrition Programs. She served on the Parish Pastoral Council as co-chair of the Parish Hall Committee and as a reporting member of the CWL council. She has been an active member of the Parish leadership involved in the planning of anniversary celebrations, fundraising campaigns, and major improvement/renovation projects. 

She is presently a Reader and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, co-chair of the Parish Hall Committee and a member of the Finance & Property Committee. She enjoys tending to the parish gardens and arrangement of altar flowers as a member of the gardening committee.

Stephanie and Charlie, her husband of 51 years, are proud parents of two grown children and have been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren. They are members of the small business community of Smiths Falls.

The following positions are currently vacant:  Education & Health, Community Life and Legislation. Please contact the President if needed.