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Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Cathy Crowe

Cathy Crowe

Biography:

Cathy Crowe is a social activist, educator, and nurse. Crowe, an advocate for the homeless, identifies herself as a street nurse; she has worked on issues affecting the homeless, such as shelter conditions and inadequate housing, for over seventeen years.

Over the next two years, Crowe will collaborate with the Jack Layton Chair to launch the Jack Layton Summer School for Youth Activism, teach a course in Community Engagement and Leadership, lead Social Justice Walks across the University and participate in a public lecture series.

In 1998, Crowe co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC), which declared homelessness a National Disaster. With her years of hands-on experience treating the homeless, Crowe is a sought after commentator and writer on issues related to homelessness. Her work was spotlighted in Street Nurse, a 2002 documentary directed by Emmy and Gemini winner Shelley Saywell. Crowe is the author of the Dying for a Home (Between the Lines, 2007), which brings together the voices of ten homeless activists advocating for change.

Crowe has received a number of honorary doctorates in recognition of her commitment to social change, including an Honorary Doctor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from McMaster University. In 2003, she received an International Human Rights Award in Nursing in Amsterdam from the International Centre for Nursing Ethics.