A Record of Getting Things Done!

Before joining Council in 2014, Catherine was a Senior Advisor to the City of Ottawa's Deputy City Manager (Operations), responsible for: fire and ambulance services, housing, daycare, parks arts and culture, drinking water, wastewater management and public transit.

Screen Shot 2018-04-29 at 5.12.16 PM.png

She has spent most of her career working directly for Ottawa residents, having served as Policy Assistant to Councilors Diane Holmes (Somerset) and Alex Munter (Kanata) and Legislative Assistant to the Members of Parliament for Ottawa Center, Ed Broadbent and Paul Dewar.


She has also been Public Policy Manager at Volunteer Canada and Regional Manager of VoicePrint, an organization that provides print media in accessible formats to people with visual impairments.


In her first term of Council Catherine demonstrated her strength and tenacity in advocating and fighting for Somerset Ward and a healthy city for all.


Her accomplishments include:

Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 4.54.43 PM.png
  • Seconded the motion to establish a Women's Bureau

  • Worked with the local community association to establish the Off Bank Community garden

  • Advocated for Ottawa to establish itself as a Sanctuary City

  • Secured red light cameras at 2 locations

  • Successfully advocated for 4 new pedestrian crossings

  • Delivered on promise for a new fenced area for dogs at McNabb park

  • Established Gender neutral washrooms at City Hall

  • Worked for a ban on sale of dogs & cats in pet shops

  • Worked to secure a permanent location for the mural honouring murdered trans women of colour.

  • Brought a motion to Council to establish a  memorial fountain at City Hall for victims of impaired driving

  • Successfully bargained for $200k in community benefits from 180 Metcalfe development

  • Led Council report to name the McNabb skateboard park after Charlie Bowins

  • Worked with the Vietnamese community to name Saigon Square at the corner of Somerset & Preston

  • Led fight against community mailboxes

view more news stories here!