Catherine Kenwell is a Barrie author, mediator and public speaker. After 30 years in corporate communications, she sustained a brain injury that changed her life and perspective.
Prior to her 2011 injury, Catherine was director of communications at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she founded and published CCNM’s alumni magazine and led the college’s successful corporate rebranding and visual identity (logo redesign) efforts.
In 2014, Catherine returned to university to earn her Qualified Mediator (Q.Med.) designation. Her mediation focus is in restorative justice, and she enjoys working with young offenders.
In conjunction with her research into women’s experience with post-concussion syndrome, in 2017 Catherine received two certificates in neurorehabilitation after brain injury from Brock University. She is currently writing a book on her post-concussion journey.
Catherine’s curiosity has also led her to study creative non-fiction at Oxford University and canine biological and social evolution at Harvard. She is trained as an animal-assisted therapist, gaining certification through the University of North Texas College of Education. As well, she has graduated from the University of Waterloo, York University and Georgian College.
Catherine has successfully driven social media efforts ‘through the roof’ for her current employer, Barrie Olive Oil Co. She has been widely recognized for building the brand through social media platforms and blogs.
Because Catherine has always had so much spare time, she volunteered or continues to volunteer for:
City of Barrie – Vice-chair, Accessibility Advisory Committee, 2019 – 2022
Skills for Change – Chair, Board of Directors, 2007 – 2012
Barrie Out of the Cold – Breakfast Crew, 2016 – current
Barrie Garden Club – Executive, Community Relations Coordinator
Barrie Baycats – Merchandiser and Game Day
New Circles – Prom Boutique
Yonge Street Mission – Post-secondary Student Mentor
Toronto Polar Bear Club
Polar Bear Plunge Barrie
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. ~ Izaak Walton