Why Catherine loves Somerset Ward...


Catherine McKenney, City Councillor for Somerset Ward 14

Catherine was elected to Ottawa City Council in 2014, and re-elected in October 2018. Catherine is committed to improving life for everyone in her community, including more affordable housing, better transit, more trees, streets that are built for people, better public spaces, protecting our heritage, and supporting local business.

Catherine previously worked for City Councillors Alex Munter and Diane Holmes and later for MPs Ed Broadbent and Paul Dewar. She returned to City Hall as senior advisor to the Deputy City Manager.

Catherine trains regularly for and competes in cross-country and ultra marathon running. She cycles year round, walks to work, supports local independent businesses, and is the proud adoptive parent of four Humane Society animals. She is also an avid volunteer.

Catherine lives with her wife and daughter near Preston Street in Somerset Ward.




Lives… happily on Walnut Court with her family - which includes four Humane Society adoptees - in the Preston-Somerset area


Works…. as the City Councillor for Somerset Ward.  For the new term, Catherine is the Council Liaison for Housing and Homelessness, and is a member of the Community and Protective Services Committee; Ottawa Community Housing Board of Directors; Transit Commission; Environment Committee; and the Built Heritage Sub-Committee.


Plays…with her daughter and their friends at our local parks and can often be seen walking her rescue dogs, running, or cycling in the community

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Shops…at local independent businesses in Somerset ward.  Catherine and her family are avid supporters of small businesses and frequent the local shops in their community for their groceries, clothing, coffee, and entertainment