February 26, 2018
KIWANIS CLUB ADDRESS
“Do I Look OK to You?”
Catherine addressed the Kiwanis Club of Barrie at its monthly luncheon. Her presentation engaged the audience with her personal insights into mild traumatic brain injury, PTSD, mental illness and other invisible disabilities. Afterwards, she answered (and asked!) questions and helped make sandwiches for the Busby Centre.
November 25, 2017
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Barrie Olive Oil Co. hosted a book signing for Catherine’s story, “Running Away With the Circus”. Catherine donated $2 from the sale of each book to the Ontario Brain Injury Association.
May 31, 2015
SIMCOE COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION/SHOW & TELL SIMCOE COUNTY
“30 Years Later: Remembering the Barrie Tornado”
Catherine was working as a reporter for the Barrie Banner on May 31, 1985. She had picked up her weekend assignments and was on her way home when the tornado hit; despite her injuries she grabbed her camera and began shooting the devastation, ultimately resulting in several award-winning photos. Days later, she realized how badly she’d been hurt. She still has no memory of being taken to and being treated at the hospital.