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Bellelle Guerin Award Recipients

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.


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 a 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 for this award are 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

                                                                                              Adapted from the Bellelle Guerin Award Criteria

                                                                                              National CWL Policy and Procedure Manual

Carol LeBlanc                           Awarded by St. Benedict Parish Council 2020


Carol Conrad                            Awarded by Halifax-Yarmouth Diocesan Council, 2016*

Doris Dandurand                    Awarded by Yarmouth Diocesan Council, 2011*

Shirley Deveaux                      Awarded by Halifax Diocesan Council*

Irma Holmes                            Awarded by St. Ambrose Parish Council, 2008*

Hazel Joyce                               Awarded by Halifax Diocesan Council

Geri Owen                                Awarded by Halifax Diocesan Council

Fran Peters                              Awarded by St. Anthony's Parish Council*

Loretta Vanderdonk             Awarded by St. Ambrose Parish Council, 2011

Donna Whitehead                 Awarded by Halifax Diocesan Council*

* - denotes that the member is deceased.

If you know of recipients of the Bellelle Guerin Award who are not yet identified on this page, please forward their name, the council who presented the award and the year, if possible, via the contact form on the last tab of this website.  

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