Catherine Kitts - Councillor - Ward 19 Orléans South-Navan


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

Catherine has sat on several committees including Planning, Transportation, Community and Protective Services and was the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Catherine has also served on the board of the South Nation Conservation Authority and as a Trustee on the Ottawa Public Library Board.

Catherine 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 inspired 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 Mentor program, Heart of Orléans BIA, CHEO, and other groups.

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 diverse community that is Orléans South-Navan.