Education and Health Communique #1 — Fran Lucas

August 30, 2016

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Education and Health

September 1, 2016Communiqué 01
One Heart, One Voice, One Mission: Palliative and Hospice Care

To:           Provincial Chairpersons of Education and Health

                 National Executive (for information)

From:       Fran Lucas, National Chairperson of Education and Health

Encl:        Oral Report Presented at the 2016 Annual National Convention

                 List of 2016 Provincial Chairpersons of Education and Health

                 Resolutions 2016.02 and 2016.03

Greetings to all education and health chairpersons! Some of us are launching on a new path on the League journey taking the responsibilities for this standing committee. Some of you have been on this path for the past year so thank you and do feel free to share your learning with the entire group as we move forward. The first vice-president has not typically had this role so I am very pleased to have this opportunity to learn and grow in yet another area of League committees.

The annual national convention in Halifax was once again a great experience spiritually, in gaining knowledge and for rekindling of relationships. Now it is back to work with the diocesan and parish councils.

Catholic education

Wikipedia reminds us that the existence of Catholic schools in Canada can be traced back to 1620 when the first school was founded by the Catholic Recollect Order in Quebec. The first school in Alberta was also Catholic and located in Lac Ste. Anne in 1842. Today, where Catholic schools remain, there is a continual reminder of the fragility of their continued existence. Support the Catholic schools and share concerns on the topic with government representatives.

Wellness and sickness/disease

Back to school is a stressful time for both children and parents. Right by You tells us that three out of four youth with a mental health problem will not receive treatment. As many as 173,000 youth will try to take their own lives this year. We lose two young Canadians every day to suicide. Visit for great resources including a free guide, myth busters and a video. Let’s do our part to help support teen mental health.

Hospice and palliative care pledge cards are available on the national website All members are encouraged to fill one out and send it to national office by October 31st. The following motion was made at the annual national convention asking members to take action.

“urge provincial councils to petition their provincial/territorial premiers and appropriate ministers to request that freedom of conscience of healthcare professionals be protected and to ensure the same protection for healthcare institutions when either they or individuals within them refuse to participate in medically assisted dying or refuse to make direct referrals for patients who request medically assisted dying, and that provincial councils petition the provincial/territorial colleges and/or associations of healthcare professionals urging them to recognize and respect their members’ right to freedom of conscience.”

Please encourage the use of letter writing, phoning and visiting of government representatives to ask for this protection.

At convention the three speakers were live streamed to the website and are available for all members to view. Dr. Nuala Kenny’s talk on palliative care was inspiring with her touch of humour. I highly recommend taking the time to view.

Two of the five resolutions approved at the annual national convention were referred to this committee: 2016.02 Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and 2016.03 Warning Labels on Food and Drug Products for all Inactive Substances and Additives. They are attached for your information.

Scholarships and bursaries

Please remind your counterparts that the bursary fund applications are now reviewed biannually.  The next submissions must be postmarked by November 30th for review in December.

Over the next few weeks I will be working on identifying my short and long term goals and will share them with you and ask that you share yours with me.

Consider everything before God; he will inspire you with the knowledge of what to do. –

Blessed Elisabeth Turgeon

“For God and Canada”


Fran Lucas

National Chairperson of Education and Health