Kathleen May is a writer, speaker, and activist.

Having begun as a volunteer, she is a crisis counsellor at a women’s shelter. Kathleen’s keynote address on Survivor Resiliency has been well received by agencies and those with lived experience alike.

Kathleen wrote a column for Doppler Online on subjects like environmentalism, addiction and mental health, indigenous sovereignty, and the strides still needed for a just world for women.

Kathleen is a 2018 YWCA Woman of Distinction and also received the Best Author award for her 2018 manuscript submission at the Muskoka Novel Marathon.

Kathleen finds joy in nature as a solo hiker, and in writing, where she weaves stories of complex female characters in worlds both real and imaginary.

Her current project is a sustainable women’s land co-operative in Muskoka. To support this, follow her tiny home journey.


  1. […] in aching detail, a hilarious keynote speech in my brain, which seemed like a good use of time. My actual keynote is a sharing of some of my personal journey with childhood sexual abuse and trauma and is geared […]


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