ABOUT ME

Meet Catherine

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Orléans-South Navan is my home.

A lifelong east-end resident, I grew up in Orléans in a bilingual household. After graduating from Carleton with a Bachelor of Journalism, I became the editor of the Orléans Star newspaper, where I worked for several years. Through reporting on the area, I became extremely well educated on the issues facing the east end, which led me to run in the 2018 municipal election in Orléans Ward (Ward 1), where I lived at the time. I came second out of 17 candidates, losing to Matt Luloff by only 264 votes.

I was elected during the 2020 by-election through the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I committed to bring a spirit of collaboration, empathy and responsiveness to my role as City Councillor for Cumberland Ward, now re-named Orléans-South Navan. My partner and I are proud residents of Navan, in an area where his family has been farming since the 50s.

Getting to work

I am so proud of all we’ve been able to accomplish together in the past year and a half despite incredibly challenging circumstances. Fighting for investments in Ward 19’s infrastructure and recreational spaces, protecting green space and agricultural land, tackling speeding, ensuring smart development as we manage growth, se battre pour les services en français, advocating for improved public and active transit, battling COVID-19, rebuilding our local economy and working together on all the big and small ways we can improve our community and our city. 

 

I’m also very proud to have kept my commitment to you about what kind of councillor I would be if elected. Responsive, accessible, empathetic. Someone who would approach the role with kindness and a spirit of collaboration, but never afraid to advocate for Cumberland Ward and the east end. I’ve used my time on council to be solutions-oriented and to build bridges with other council members. Out in the community, I’ve spent countless hours corresponding with you on important issues, meeting you virtually or at a safe distance, and always making myself available to listen to your ideas and your feedback. 

 

It has been the honour of my life serving as your Cumberland Ward councillor. That said, running again was not a decision I took lightly. It’s been an intense start, but I have heard your encouragement, felt your support and am humbled by it. I look forward to putting my experience of the last two years to work for you.

Your voice at the council table
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These are challenging times, and our community needs a representative that will lead with strength and compassion. 
 
As our campaign will be respecting
all public health guidelines,
I’ll be looking to
connect with you in whatever way you're most comfortable.
I am here to listen to you—
virtually, or at a safe distance!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022