Left to right:
Sisters Brendalee Boisvert, Congregation Leader, Stella Chafe, Assistant Congregation Leader, Joanne O'Regan, Councillor, Florence Kennedy, Councillor, and Donna Brady, Councillor.
Sr. Brendalee Boisvert
Sr. Brendalee Boisvert was elected to leadership first in 1994 and served for 2 terms, ending in 2004. She was elected in 2009 to 2014 as Assistant Congregation Leader. A native of Prescott, Ontario, Sr. Brendalee taught in the Ottawa-Carlton Catholic School Board before entering the Congregation in 1980. She made first commitment in 1982, and professed her perpetual commitment in 1988. Since entering, Sr. Brendalee has taught elementary school, worked in Adult Faith Formation in the Caribbean, offered Spiritual Direction and served as an Associate University chaplain at St. Francis Xavier University for 6 years. In 2014 she was elected as Congregation Leader of the Sisters of St. Martha for the term ending 2019
Sr. Stella Chafe
Assistant Congregation Leader
Sr. Stella Chafe, a native of Canso, entered the Sisters of St. Martha in 1955. She made her perpetual commitment in 1960. She ministered in the education field as teacher, and in school administration as vice-principal and principal in the provinces of Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia. Sr. Stella served on the Leadership Team as Assistant Congregation Leader from 1994-2004 and served on boards and committees over the years. She was re-elected to leadership in 2014 as Assistant Congregation Leader and was appointed as the Congregation Treasurer for the term ending 2019.
Sr. Joanne O'Regan
Sr. Joanne O'Regan entered the Sisters of St. Martha in 2001and made perpetual profession of vows in 2009. She has been involved in various areas of Social Justice Ministry including Peace Education at the Coady Institute. Sr. Joanne holds a B.A. in Christianity and Culture from the University of St. Michael's College, (Toronto) an M.A. in Conflict Studies from Saint Paul University, (Ottawa) and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. Born and raised in Toronto Sr. Joanne credits being a participant in Katimavik for planting the seed for living in community. This is her first time on the Leadership Team having been elected General Councillor in 2014.
Sr. Florence Kennedy
Sr. Florence Kennedy grew up in Dunvegan and Inverness, Cape Breton. She entered the Sisters of St. Martha in 1989, professed her first vows in 1991 and her perpetual profession in 1998. She has ministered in different capacities of office work within the Congregation. Her most recent ministry as Congregation Archivist. She also shares her musical talents of playing mandolin and violin at Congregation events. This is her first time serving on the Leadership Team having been elected as General Councillor in 2014.
Sr. Donna Brady
Sister Donna Brady from Wetaskiwin, Alberta entered the Sisters of St. Martha in 1966. Her adult education studies helped shape her community development work, parish positions, program planning and environmental work. Sr. Donna is also experienced in group facilitation. She has served in most of the geographical areas where the Marthas are in ministry. She is serving her first term on the Leadership Team having been elected as General Councillor in 2014.