About Cathie

Born in Vancouver, Cathie has had an extensive and diverse working life, which includes careers in health, law, and business.

Beginning as a nurse (St. Paul’s Hospital), she went on to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (U.B.C.), a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and graduated from Law School at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2005, she obtained a Certificate in Creative Writing from The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.

A creative spirit, Cathie was an avid ballroom dancer, and has dabbled in clowning and theater. She is a current member of The Marcus Mosely Gospel Chorale.

In choosing to write a lyrical memoir, Cathie elected not only to explore the spiritual insight made possible by the caregiving journey, but also mined her past to weave the loss of a sibling, the impact of divorce on children, the effects of alcoholism on relationships, and the healing power of dance, into a rich narrative. Based largely on recorded conversations, the center of this work is the mother-daughter relationship during the caregiving years, although many other back stories set this relationship within a moving and necessary context.

Jo and Cath

Jo and Cath

 

Cathie gives theatrical readings based on text from The Long Hello as solo theatrical readings, as well as concerts with an actor and cellist. She is dedicated to galvanizing a positive, honoring, and enlightened attitude in society’s perception of the dementia experience, a perspective she learned at her mother’s side.

Awards for Writing

  • 2013 Accepted poems (2), Contemporary Horizons Literary Magazine
  • 2009 Finalist, CBC National Literary Awards, Creative Non-Fiction
  • 2006 Finalist, CBC National Literary Awards, Creative Non-Fiction
  • 2005 Finalist, CBC National Literary Awards, Creative Non-Fiction
  • 2008 Winner, Open Mic Contest, The Literary Writers Conference, NYC

Literary Residencies & Memberships

  • Holy Springs Artist Collective, Founding member.
  • Artist Writing Residency – The Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC, New York. 2008/2009
  • Founding Member & Host – The Luminous Word Literary Salon, Vancouver. 2009
  • Member, Professional Creative Workshop, NYC, New York. 2008-2010
  • Founding member, emdash collective, a Vancouver based writing group, 2005-2007
  • Independent Artist Residency, The Leighton Studios at The Banff Center, 2006

Education

  • 2005 Certificate in Creative Writing, The Writer’s Studio, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1987 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B./J.D.) University Of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • 1987 Called and admitted, B.C. Bar Association.
  • 1981 Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1978 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, U.B.C. Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1974 Registered Nurse Diploma, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.