Catherine attained an honours degree from the University of Victoria, is a Certified Professional Coach, holds a diploma in Mediation and Advanced Conflict Resolution from Mount Royal University, is an alumni of the Banff Centre for Leadership, and has studies leadership and coaching at Queen's University. 

Committed to community development, Catherine is a board member and philanthropy chair for the YMCA of Northern BC, Vice Chair and Vital Signs lead for the Prince George Community Foundation, and volunteers with the Caledonia Nordic Club's coaching staff. 

In 2015, Catherine was one of 250 selected emerging leaders to participate in the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, travelling to Nunavut to further experience and study issues of Canadian importance from a northern perspective. 

Currently, Catherine is undertaking a Master's degree in counselling and is pursuing advanced studies in positive psychology. She has recently completed an international coaching program with a focus on health and well-being. 

Catherine is a mother to two children. She's an avid exercise enthusiast and routinely wonders why the laundry is never caught up, how she is going to manage her schedule and why the house is such a mess.