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Week of September 22, 2008
CWL honours pro-life activist
By WCR Staff
Joy George, a member of the Catholic Women’s League for 65 years, has been awarded the league’s prestigious Bellele Guerin Award.
George, 81, has been a member of the CWL since she joined at age 16 in Alliance. Since then, she has been active in the organization in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lloydminster, Falher and Ponoka.
She served in every local executive position and also twice served as a zone chairperson.
When pregnant with her youngest son in 1968, a doctor recommended she have an abortion. Instead, she gave birth to her baby and became active in the pro-life movement.
George served as president of Lloydminster Pro-Life, helped organize a national petition against abortion when she lived in Calgary in the early 1970s and opposed United Way funding of Planned Parenthood while living in Edmonton. She was part of a delegation that took the national anti-abortion petition with one million signatures to Ottawa.
George helped in the establishment of Edmonton’s Marian Centre in the 1950s, was an original member of the Alberta Women United for Families and helped to organize the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in Edmonton.
She was involved in pastoral care work for 12 years and spent six weeks in Sri Lanka in 1990 doing mission work.
George received the Bellele Guerin Award in June. The award, named after the first national president of the CWL, is given to members with at least 25 active years in the league and who has served on both parish and diocesan CWL executives.