It is a pleasure to extend heartfelt congratulations on behalf of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada to Honorary Life Member Ardis Beaudry on being recognized and celebrated as one of the “Founders of the First Women’s Shelters in Canada”. Ardis served the League as national president from 1984 – 1986, originally joining in 1950. Her community involvements outside the League have been numerous, and she served as the Canadian board member to WUCWO in 1987, as well as being its Vice-President for North America.
As an honorary member of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS), Ardis has made an outstanding and long-term contribution to serve God’s people by assisting women and their families caught in abusive situations. Her merits are quoted on the ACWS website as “Ardis Beaudry who never took ‘no’ for an answer. Beaudry was one of the founders, in 1970, of the Edmonton Women’s Emergency Overnight Shelter, a precursor to later local shelters for battered women such as WIN House.” – Edmonton Journal.
Ardis has provided a shining example of Christ’s hands in action as a League member who strives to promote the teachings of the Catholic church; exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life; protect the sanctity of human life; recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere; uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world; and contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.
Our prayerful best wishes are extended to Ardis on this auspicious occasion.