For over two decades, Katherine Kalinowski has been a voice for Hamilton’s voiceless. Her work and life are spent on our streets and in our neighbourhoods, compassionately and respectfully advocating for and serving the residents of Hamilton, particularly those in the greatest of need. “Homelessness is unacceptable,” she says. And each day, she sets out to do something about it.
As Assistant Executive Director of Good Shepherd Centres, her caring and dedicated advocacy for those who are often found in the margins has helped shape the face of Hamilton’s social services and transformed emergency housing. Building a city that includes, supports and assists all of its citizens is Katherine’s life work and lasting legacy.
She is deeply committed to creating opportunity for people struggling with poverty, homelessness, mental health/addiction and abuse in their efforts to live healthy, productive and dignified lives in our community. Recognized as a tireless worker and woman of action, she serves on dozens of work groups, committees and advisory boards helping enact change.
Hamilton is a caring city. It is fitting that its Gallery of Distinction now includes a woman in Katherine Kalinowski, whose life and work are firmly rooted in compassion, respect and dignity for others.