Cathy Brothers is the Executive-Director-in-Residence of Capacity Waterloo Region. Cathy plays the lead role in shaping CWR, bringing a remarkable passion for social change and a wealth of leadership experience to her new role as advisor to our region’s non-profits and social ventures.
Cathy was most recently Executive Director of Mosaic Counselling and Family Services, a role she has held since 1992. Over the past 17 years this professional family service agency has grown from helping 1,000 persons each year to helping 25,000 persons annually.
Born and raised in Toronto, after graduating from University of Toronto, Cathy came to Kitchener-Waterloo to study for the Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. Cathy’s 40 years of Social Work practice has included senior management roles at both Homewood and St. Mary’s hospitals. As a sessional lecturer, Cathy taught Social Policy courses for over 20 years in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph.
Capacity Waterloo Region’s vision is for a vibrant non-profit sector in Waterloo Region that is strengthened by community leaders working collaboratively, leveraging their resources to cultivate a social innovation culture and fuel systems change.
Capacity Waterloo Region’s mission is to provide non-profit leaders in Waterloo Region new resources and professional support that enhances leadership skills, stimulates cross-sectoral collaboration, promotes knowledge sharing, and encourages social innovation.
Capacity Waterloo Region is filling the gap with a project that supports our community change-makers. In one of Canada’s most prosperous regions, they believe social innovation should benefit from the same type of resources that have helped cultivate the for-profit sector’s notable innovation culture. By building an enabling environment that strengthens, connects and celebrates their social leaders, they can help them realize their full potential