Kathleen’s passion for transformative dialogue began at a grassroots level volunteering as a single mom in a rural British Columbia community. Since that time, she has worked for government in Northern Canada, managed a non-profit in Vancouver’s inner city, worked extensively as a consultant in the non-profit sector and designed and taught Community Leadership and Social Change programs. Kathleen holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy focusing on inclusive processes for vulnerable communities. Raised Catholic in a remote indigenous community in Northern Canada, she has found her spiritual home as a meditator with the World Community for Christian Meditation.
Throughout her life, Kathleen has been inspired by the incredible potential of community when people get to know their neighbours in a deep and openhearted way and commit to learning from and with each other. Inspired by the role of compassion when engaging with people who have experienced trauma, Kathleen expanded her knowledge of compassion centered models through training with the Compassionate Listening Project (Compassionatelistening.org), Compassionate Integrity program facilitator training, Boundless Compassion Facilitator Training, and other online offerings. She has supported hundreds of people in Canada and around the world to learn about and deepen into compassionate listening to themselves, each other and oneness of our world.
To strengthen her ability to understand the role of compassion in areas of conflict, Kathleen participated in the Journey to the Heart, a 10 day listening journey to Israel and Palestine.
And now to ensure her work remains rooted in social justice practice, Kathleen is also the coordinator for the Siyaya Reconciliation Movement, supporting dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. She is also working to embed a compassionate community approach to health and social services at a local level.