"I want to express my deep appreciation for all the support that I have received over the last several months, up to and including election day. I am excited to journey together with the WCDSB family over the coming years as a Trustee. My lens will be wellness for all."
I'm excited to announce that I have decided to seek election for the position of TRUSTEE, WATERLOO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD in the upcoming 2022 municipal election. This is a crucial time for Catholic Education in our region, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve as Trustee for Kitchener/Wilmot and journey together with all WCDSB stakeholders in the coming years.
I am deeply passionate about WCDSB and supporting 'wellness for all'. I have spent virtually my entire life being involved with the Board, first as a student at both St. Anthony Daniel CES and St. Mary's High School, and then as a professional educator for thirty years, and as a volunteer afterwards. I served as the Board's Healthy Active Living Consultant for many years and was humbled to be selected as Physical & Health Education Canada's 'Health Promoting Schools Champion Award' recipient in 2015. I was also named as the inaugural 'WCDSB Pope Francis Award for Ecological Leadership' recipient in 2019. One of the Board's elementary school cross country meets was rebranded as the WCDSB Doherty-Masters Elementary Cross Country Meet upon my retirement. I am a proud member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Kitchener, and served as Co-Chair for the parish's 'One Heart, One Soul' capital campaign. I currently serve as Chair, Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors which is an advisor body that works closely with the Mayor when it comes to issues that impact senior residents in Kitchener. I served as Vice-Chair for Cycling Into the Future and am on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for the Region of Waterloo. I had the opportunity to act as Co-Chair of the St. Mary's High School 'Community Legacy Project' which led to the school receiving a large grant of over $300,000 from The Lyle Hallman Foundation. I served on the Catholic School Advisory Council at St. Bernadette CES for two years in the recent past. I was honoured to be named as one of the K-W Oktoberfest Women of the Year (Sport/Recreation Category) early on during my career. I own 'Health Matters...for Life!' which is a small business that supports 'healthy schools' initiatives. An interesting fact about me is that I have been a Torch Bearer on two occasions - for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and for the 2015 Pan-Am Games.
I live in Kitchener with my husband, Fred Masters, who is an author and retired professional educator. Our two sons, Andrew (a professional athlete) and Brendan (a professional educator), are both graduates of WCDSB.
I look forward to the opportunity to support WCDSB students, staff members and families in the coming years as Trustee for Kitchener/Wilmot as we continue God's work ensuring that our Catholic Schools remain as 'Heart of the Community'.
"After reviewing nearly 150 in-depth questionnaires, the Waterloo Regional Labour Council is proud to share our endorsement decisions with our affiliates and their memberships for the October 24, 2022, Municipal Election."
Kitchener/Wilmot – Kathy Doherty-Masters
“I have known Kathy Doherty-Masters as a friend and colleague for the past 25 years. She has been an exemplary educator who has always put the interests of students and families first. She led an initiative to ensure students received daily exercise to improve their health and learning focus. She was recognized by this initiative being adopted by many other school boards. As well, since leaving education, she has maintained a busy schedule volunteering in local schools ensuring supports for marginalized students. She is a committed leader who will make a great trustee.”
“Kathy, your passion for kids and our community is exuded in everything you do! Thanks for putting your name forward for [WCDSB] trustee and wishing you best of luck in October!”
“I am thrilled that Kathy has registered as a candidate to be a Trustee of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Her experience as an educator, community volunteer extraordinaire and mother make her an ideal candidate. Kathy and her family have been serving our community with distinction for decades now. I feel privileged to endorse her."
“If you are a Catholic School supporter in Kitchener, take a look at what Kathy Doherty-Masters has to offer. She would make a great trustee."
"I believe that one of the best compliments you can gain is knowing you hold the respect of those you serve, including fellow colleagues. Kathy holds that respect. She is authentic, and without doubt is stepping up to do this position for all the right reasons. She has much to offer, and generously wants to share her abilities in the service of others. I hope you give her that chance. Her knowledge, expertise, kindness, and competencies would be an asset for the WCDSB. I am happy to see that Kathy Doherty-Masters is running for the position of trustee for the WCDSB. She is a quality candidate that I am honoured to stand behind."
“It has been my pleasure to have known Kathy for several years. We served together on the Community Legacy Project on the campus of St. Mary’s High School, and her contributions to that group work played a strong role in the success of that initiative. Kathy and I have regular contact from shared interests in our broader community especially as relates to the health and well-being of students in our community’s schools. I am certain her accumulated skill set, her ability to work with groups to a common purpose and her energy will serve her very well as a trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.”
At the 2022 City of Kitchener 'Senior of the Year' Award Ceremony.
Helping the children understand the importance of gardening.
Presenting t-shirts to the top finishers.