By Catherine Gardner | Candidate for Councillor – College Ward
My name is Catherine Gardner. I have one daughter and two grandchildren. I was born in Ottawa where I continue to reside.
My background is in Health and Social Services. I graduated with Honours from the Algonquin College Developmental Service Worker Program the Social Service Worker Program and the Personal Support Services Worker Program. I am a graduate of the former Registered Nursing Assistant Program and of the Leadership Ottawa Program.
I am a former Health Care Worker (long-term care facilities and in private homes). I am a former Crisis Intervention Worker (paid and volunteer). I have responded to sudden deaths, fires and sexual assault situations. I ran my own small business for almost 10 years, providing alcohol and smoke-free activities for singles and single parent families.
My community involvement:
I am a former Director of the One Parent Families Association and a former Board member of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. I am presently a Board member and volunteer with STRIDE Assistance for the Disabled Inc. which operates the STRIDE Wheelchairs Plus Recycling Depot. I have been a member of the City of Ottawa Accessibility Advisory Committee since 2008 where I am presently sitting as Chair.
I am a freelance photographer and, although nature is my passion, I have used my photos when advocating for change.
I am presently running for the position of City Councillor in College ward.
I am committed to working to improve the quality of life for all residents: please visit my website to find out how you can get involved in my campaign:.