Women's March Muskoka Community Connector
Kathleen May is a speaker, writer, and activist. She lives in Huntsville, Ontario, and received her BA in English Literature from York University. Stirred by feminist authors and activists, she has run a popular feminist blog for more than 9 years. Her activism strengthened her voice in Huntsville, where she hosts or supports frequent events toward the goal of women’s liberation, including rallies, strikes, marches, and vigils. She works for the two women’s shelters in Muskoka, having begun as a volunteer. She also works as a co-ordinator for ‘I Got This – Unlocking Your Instincts’, a program designed to support women in developing an undeniable presence. She is currently pursuing her trainer certificate in Empowerment Self-Defense. Kathleen’s keynote speech on Survivor Resiliency was well-received at conferences in Muskoka and Barrie.
Kathleen volunteers with Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services as a survivor mentor and crisis-line volunteer, and she also co-founded the much-loved Huntsville Women's Group in 2014: a free, volunteer-run weekly drop-in for all Muskoka women, which just received funding for its 5th year. She has recently taken on the role of ? for Women’s March Muskoka. Kathleen is also preparing for the second season of the YourTV show ‘herstories’ where she interviews Muskoka women about their experiences, struggles, and triumphs. She finds joy in nature as an avid backpacker and hiker, and in writing, where she focuses on the untold lives of complex female characters. Her energy comes from creating platforms for women to share their stories with the world, and she is working hard to establish a sustainable women’s land co-operative in Muskoka.