Catherine Kenwell is a Barrie, Ontario author and mediator. After 30 years in not-for-profit communications, she sustained a life-changing brain injury and while recovering she was restructured out of her job. At that point, she did what every 50-year-old brain-injured menopausal woman should attempt: she joined the circus and learned to perform on trapeze and aerial hoop.
Catherine is published in both horror and creative non-fiction genres, and writes extensively about mental health, brain injury and invisible disabilities. She serves as chair of the City of Barrie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, which champions issues related to providing an accessible community to all residents.
Catherine has been published in the following Black Hare Press anthologies:
Love – No More Flowers; Cuddle Me Warm
Hate – Liar; Have Some Cake
Oceans – D’Eye; Evolution; Unmoored, Nevermore
Twenty Twenty – The Cost of Diamonds
Pride – Trip to Comeuppance
Lust – Aramis and Shelby
Sloth – Day 97
School’s In – Monster
In addition to Black Hare Press, Catherine co-authored the bestseller NOT CANCELLED: Canadian Kindness in the Face of COVID-19, is a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and has been published in horror anthologies including Books of Horror, The Toilet Zone, and Siren’s Call.
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.
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 volunteered and continues to volunteer for:
City of Barrie – 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