Katherine Hobbs was born at the Civic Hospital but her roots in Kitchissippi Ward go back much further. Her family settled in Bytowne in 1833, and they lived in the Wellington Ward. As merchants in the area her great-great grandfather owned a sporting shop on Wellington Street in the 1850’s.
Over a business career that has spanned more than 25 years, Katherine has held senior roles in telecommunications and banking at large national and international corporations.
Katherine has volunteered with many community organizations in Ottawa, including the Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF). Her role as a Global Educator at CHF gave her the opportunity to give presentations to young people in schools all over Ottawa regarding sustainable development. She also sits on the board of Capital Crime Writers, an Ottawa-based writer’s group that supports writers and encourages reading. In 2009 she chaired a national writer’s conference that brought 250 delegates to the Capital.
Katherine ran her first marathon in 2007, and now runs (less!) with the Ottawa Running Club. She is a member of Citizens for Safe Cycling and Heritage Ottawa.
Katherine is proud of the support she has provided to charities such as the Food Bank and the United Way as well to local businesses and artists both in the Ottawa community. She regularly attends fundraising events, lends support to the arts, and supports the businesses in Kitchissippi.