Karen Gansel a graduate from 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, disabled persons, health professionals, and a staff of 50. Direct service experience included her role of Executive Director of Bellwoods’s Centres for Community Living in Toronto for seven years working with a professional board of directors and managing a staff of 100.
A member of the Canadian Authors Association since 2009, Karen was president of the Niagara branch between 2011 and 2016. She chaired the CAA Branch Support & Development Committee from 2013 to 2016 and then joined the board of directors in 2017. She chaired the Program Committee from 2017 to May 2019.
From 2017 to 2020, she was also one of two regional directors for Ontario on the board. Karen was elected Vice-Chair at the AGM of November 28, 2020, and Karen was appointed at the board meeting of February 2, 2021 as Co-Chair.
Karen’s first self-published novel, Differences Between Us, is a psychological suspense that is available on Amazon.com and Kobo.com. You can link to: Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LSVDnx or Kobo at https://bit.ly/2L9PSk4. A short story, Canal of Destiny, was published on the Quick Brown Fox blog in 2010. She has now self published her second Celeste Unraveled on both Amazon and Kobo. Karen lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.