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Katherine McCarron

245 Montague Street

Box 1526

Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0



Director, Vincentian Life, St. Vincent de Paul Society; San Francisco – 2006 – 2009
Worked with 250 volunteers in 26 parishes throughout San Francisco. Trained and supported their work with people in need in their homes. Conducted workshops to develop leadership. Produced a monthly newsletter for the volunteers. Received calls for assistance and referred as appropriate. Liaised with other social service agencies in the city. Supported volunteers in every way possible. Organized a city-wide fundraising walk which raised $35,000.

Video Editor, Dreamhouse; Orinda, CA – 2004 – 2006
Edited two short documentaries

Publisher/editor, Northwood Review; Maynooth, ON – 1998 – 2002
Published and edited a monthly community newspaper. Worked with team of contributors, solicited advertisers, designed and laid out camera-ready copy, all bookkeeping and accounting.

Coordinator, Bloor Bathurst Madison Business Assoc.; Toronto, ON – 1994 – 1998
Coordinated a business community of 250 members. Organized two street festivals attended by 40,000. Produced monthly newsletter for members. Wrote a monthly column for the community newspaper. All bookkeeping and record keeping for the organization

Owner, Paperwork; Toronto, ON 1984 – 1992
Owned and managed a gift store in downtown Toronto. Hired, trained and supervised staff,. all bookkeeping and accounting. Purchased and kept inventory records. Produced promotional material and advertising


Naropa University, Oakland, CA; Master of Arts, Creation Spirituality 2004
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON; Bachelor of Arts, Criminology 1982


Writing and editing

  • Wrote book reviews for Atlantic Publishing
  • Research and write web content, Write Field Services
  • Produced newsletter for St. Vincent de Paul and Bloor Bathurst Madison Business Association
  • Published and edited Northwood Review, a rural community newspaper
  • Researched and wrote web content, Portrero Media
  • Edited two video documentaries, weddings, ordination, anniversaries
  • Wrote book reviews for Earthlight Magazine
  • Freelance editing of manuscripts, theses, articles

Computer skills

  • Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Quickbooks Pro, Simply Accounting
  • Raisers’ Edge, MS Access databases
  • Adobe CS Suite, Quark Xpress
  • Dreamweaver
  • Proficient on Mac and PC platforms


  • Organized citywide fundraising walk for St. Vincent de Paul
  • Managed 26 parish-based conferences for St. Vincent de Paul
  • Administrative Coordinator for Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Organized two annual street festivals, Festival on Bloor
  • Wrote successful grant proposals for Festival on Bloor and three research projects for City of Toronto
  • Owned and managed Paperwork, a retail store


  • Recruited, oriented and trained volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul
  • Supervised service learning students from University of San Francisco
  • Supervised student interns, Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Hired and trained employees at Paperwork
  • Recruited and coordinated volunteer team for Festival on Bloor and Friends of the Poor Walk


  • Maintained website for St. Vincent de Paul, University of Creation Spirituality, Town of Bancroft
  • Designed and maintained website for Denevi Video Reflections

Community Work

  • San Quentin State Prison

Facilitated 10-week non-violence program, From Violence to Wholeness
Assisted inmates to organize an annual seminar on Restorative Justice, bringing outside professionals into the prison with inmates; presented on Restorative Justice and led group in role-play of Healing Circles

  • Elizabeth Fry Society

Court Worker, Greeted and supported women appearing in provincial court. Offered referrals to assist clients
Board Member, Served on the board of the agency. Assisted developing a volunteer satisfaction and needs survey, followed-up with more well-defined volunteer appreciation and retention program.
Peer Counselor, Befriended and supported women incarcerated at Toronto West Detention Centre, visiting every week. Provided referrals as appropriate

Professional Qualifications

Facilitator, Victim Offender Education Group, Insight Prison Project
Facilitator, Trainer, Engage, a program on the spirituality and practice of non-violence, Pace e Bene
Victim Offender Mediation Training, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University


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