Catherine Keiwning – Green Party

Catherine Kiewning was born and raised in Red Lake, Ontario and attended university in Montreal, QC. After graduating she got her dream job working with youth in public health in Dryden and has been there ever since. She is the busy person people ask to get things done and has volunteered more hours than she can count. In the past she has volunteered with the Second Chance Pet Network, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and local Christmas Cheer initiative. Presently she sits as a Director/Co-Founder on the Rainbow Alliance Dryden/Pride Committee, Chair of Hoshizaki House’s Board of Directors, and Director/Co-Founder of the Dryden Area Young Professionals Network. Catherine may be familiar locally in Dryden as she ran in the 2018 municipal election, collecting over 900 votes on her first campaign. In 2020, she received a Masters degree in Social Justice Education from Lakehead University.

Catherine is someone who thrives when giving back to her community, having to work regionally means she feels comfortable and capable traveling across the northwest region. She has a healthy love and appreciation for the great outdoors and spends a lot of time hiking the Mavis Lake Trails as well as venturing out to Tunnel Island and the 8th Street Walking/Ski trails whenever she can- if you have a great trail, she wants to hike it, usually with an audiobook or a borrowed four-legged friend. Protecting and preserving the land we live on is a huge part of why she decided to run with the Green Party- their platform of People- Planet- Jobs, revolves around keeping our hidden gem of a home safe, livable and growing for years to come.

Instead of planning a trip to Italy for her birthday, she spent most of 2019 receiving treatment for breast cancer. Now, fully healed and in maintenance-mode for treatment she feels well enough to take on even more challenges. She loves learning and above all, believes this opportunity to campaign as a provincial candidate will be one of the greatest learning experiences of all. Living in a rural area and being part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community has taught her to take challenges in stride and be strategic about how to approach them, looking for common ground and understanding over the urge to be right. She believes strongly in the power of teamwork and working together for the good of the planet, people and profits. She’s excited to be the Green Party of Ontario’s candidate for the Kenora-Rainy River riding and even more excited to get some work done. Please feel free to reach out to her at anytime to chat or ask questions about her goals and the GPO’s vision for Ontario.