she/her, Network Manager, Women’s Health Research Cluster, BC
Katherine is a mental health advocate who aims to advance youth wellbeing across Canada. Working towards this goal, she has worked in the healthcare, education and public sectors on projects relating to health promotion, community engagement and research. Currently Katherine manages the Women’s Health Research Cluster, where she works alongside scientists, trainees, and stakeholders worldwide to improve women’s health outcomes through multidisciplinary research. In addition, Katherine sits on the Board of Directors for First Call: Child and Youth Advocacy Society as Vice-Chair and Signatory Officer, and advocates for policy change at the municipal level as a Youth Mental Health Sub-Committee Chair for the City of Vancouver Child, Youth and Family Advisory Committee. Katherine believes that supporting youth wellbeing starts with supporting parents—particularly mothers. That’s why she is honoured to work with the CPMHC to help people receive the mental health care they deserve. Katherine hopes to leverage her experience in fundraising, research, operational management, and strategic planning to bring the CPMHC into the next phase of their advocacy journey. Ultimately, Katherine wants the federal government to adopt a national perinatal mental healthcare strategy that ensures every mother receives culturally appropriate mental health support before, during and after their pregnancy.