Catherine is in her second term as representative for Kitchener-Waterloo.
For the past decade, Catherine worked tirelessly on behalf of the families of Kitchener-Waterloo to help improve the quality and their access to education. She served as Trustee and Chair of the Waterloo Region District School Board, Vice President of the Canadian School Boards’ Association, and President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. She met the challenge of these roles by successfully balancing a 675 million dollar budget for an organization serving 60,000 students and 5,500 staff.
Beyond these accomplishments, Catherine has made a real impact on the lives of children and parents across Waterloo Region. Through her leadership, an additional 1,600 new childcare spaces were created in the region at no additional cost to Waterloo Region taxpayers. The Waterloo Elementary Teachers and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Social Innovation Research Group have recognized Catherine’s work in Kitchener-Waterloo throughout the years.
Catherine was instrumental in the passage of Rowan's Law, Missing Persons Legislation, Fairness for Ontario Realtors, and recognition of Craft Brewers. In Spring 2018, Catherine introduced Bill 37 - the Vulnerable Road Users legislation to protect cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, emergency responders & road construction workers.
Catherine and her husband Dale enjoy life in Kitchener-Waterloo, where they live with their two great kids, Aidan and Claire.