Resolutions Communique #5

National Chairperson of Resolutions Joan Bona, March 13, 2018


Spring is on the horizon – a time for preparation – a time to become familiar with the resolutions process and criteria, as outlined in the Resolutions Supplement to the Executive Handbook. While resolutions may involve a year-long process for councils, engaging members at every level assists members’ understanding.

As the national resolutions committee anticipates that a number of councils are currently working on resolutions in your provinces, I am requesting from you the resolution topics and the level directed to, i.e. provincial or national. An attached short synopsis of the resolved clause would be helpful. Once received, I will share these topics through an upcoming communiqué. This will be helpful to other provincial councils that may be interested in pursuing a similar topic locally.

The national resolutions committee is set to meet in Toronto, Ontario July 13-14, 2018, to discuss the resolutions adopted at the 2018 provincial conventions and forwarded to the committee for consideration. The committee meets again prior to the annual national convention. Following the July meeting, disposition letters for each resolution, will be sent to provincial resolutions chairpersons and copied to each provincial president. A disposition letter may contain the following information:
• Request for further information, clarification and/or additional background where necessary;
• Suggested amendments, if any;
• Recommendation of forwarding to a standing committee chairperson for awareness or action;
• Recommendation of acceptance of the resolution(s), which fulfill the criteria (page 20: Resolutions Supplement to the Executive Handbook) to the national executive.

All provincial councils submitting resolutions are encouraged to provide comments on the disposition letters of your resolution(s) through national office. For this reason, it is important that provincial councils forward a copy immediately following the convention of the resolution, brief and all support material (see checklist on pages 22 and 23) to national office. With this being said, it is important that parish councils provide this material to diocesan/provincial councils. Delegates should receive a copy of the proposed resolution(s), once presented to the appropriate executive for approval at its pre-convention meeting.

I would be most interested in receiving information on any workshops dealing with resolutions, which councils may have worked on this past year. I hope to highlight this work as we prepare for the future. Resolutions may seem daunting and comprehensive, however, considerable knowledge may be gained by sharing experiences and member involvement in the process.

At the time of writing, national office will be pursuing a May date for meetings with the federal government. More information will be shared once details are finalized.

As members work together in an effort to have sound resolutions, I applaud the dedication and determination to bring change to the world! There are many issues confronting members, not only as Catholic women, but to seek a just world. May the Holy Spirit inspire each of us to respond with courage and action.

Joan Bona
National Chairperson of Resolutions