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Making a difference in Orléans South-Navan.

Meet Catherine

A lifelong east-end resident, Catherine was first elected to represent Orléans South-Navan (formerly Cumberland Ward) in 2020.


She entered public life on a commitment to bring a spirit of collaboration to the council table and prides herself on being a solutions-oriented, accessible, and communicative councillor for her community. Catherine holds a degree in Journalism from Carleton University and is the former editor of the Orléans Star newspaper. Through reporting on the area, Catherine developed a deep understanding of the issues facing the east end. A genuine care for the growth and well-being of her hometown motivated her to run for council. Alongside her career in politics and journalism, Catherine has held various roles in communications, marketing, and strategic planning. She’s volunteered with organizations like Equal Voice, the Carleton University Alumni Mentorship program, Heart of Orléans BIA, CHEO, and other groups. This term of council, Catherine is sitting on the Planning and Housing, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Audit committees, as well as remaining on the Board of the Ottawa Public Library and the South Nation Conservation Authority. She is the Vice-Chair of the Transportation and the Finance and Corporate Services committees, and is proud to have taken on the role as Chair of Ottawa Public Health.


Catherine and her spouse, Shane, live in Navan—in an area where his family has been farming since the 50s—and are proud to belong to the beautifully diverse and dynamic community that is Orléans South—Navan.

Catherine Kitts in a field

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