Dorothy Burns

Dorothy and her husband, Rob have lived in Okotoks, Alberta for 28 years. They have two grown
daughters, two sons-in-law and as of June 2020 two grandchildren.
In 2017 she retired from her career as an educator. During her 39 years she was a classroom teacher, a
principal and Director of Religious Education (last 19 years). She was and still is very involved in her
parish, St. James, helping with ministries such as lector, sacramental preparation, RCIA and as of 2018 –
CGS atrium.
Dorothy became enthralled with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd when she read Sofia’s book The
Religious Potential of the Child. As an elementary teacher what she said in the book really resonated
with her and she thought, “This woman is really on to something.” In 2013, Level 1 training was offered
in the Diocese of Calgary and the rest as they say is history. Dorothy used what she learned immediately
in her work with teachers and students and saw how powerfully the Holy Spirit worked through the
presentations. She now have all three Levels and after retiring started an atrium in her home parish.
After a pause due to the pandemic they now have 2 Level 1 groups and just started Level 2. She is part
of a growing, dynamic group of catechists in the Diocese of Calgary.
She joined the CGSAC board in 2015 and at first filled the role of editor of our news journal, One Flock
One Shepherd. In 2017 she stepped into the role of chair, finding that her administrative skills from her
time in education as gifts she could share with the organization. She looks forward to continuing to
serve the Association for one final term.