Background

My values are best described by my life-long commitment to independent thinking, with a strong need for collaboration with others. That’s one of the reasons I prefer to work with a Writers Critique Group to improve work under development. My novels and short stories feature people living through critical life transitions and therefore change is often evident.

A graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Health Administration, Karen had a nineteen-year career with the Ontario Ministry of Health as a senior manager. This included leading two Ministry joint teams with the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Hospital Association. Prior to that, she was part of the Ministry negotiations team and worked on policy for physician services. She gained hands-on experience in operational management as senior manager of the Assistive Devices Program from 2001-2005, working with a broad range of community stakeholders, health professionals, and a staff of 50.

Prior to her Ministry career, Karen assumed the role of executive director of Bellwood’s Centres for Community Living for seven years, working with a professional board and providing accessible housing and support services for people with disabilities. Following her retirement in 2009, Karen joined the Canadian Authors Association and began writing novels. She was President of the Niagara Branch between 2011 and 2017 and chaired the CAA Branch Support & Development Committee from 2013 to 2016 and the Program Committee from 2017 to 2019. From 2011 to 2013 she was also one of two Regional Directors for Ontario on the board.

Karen’s first self-published novel, Differences Between Us, is a psychological suspense that is available on Amazon.com and Kobo.com. A short story, Canal of Destiny, was published on the Quick Brown Fox blog in 2010. A copy of the story is available in the short stories section.