Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. Catherine received the Elementary Dufferin-Peel OECTA Award for Outstanding Service in 1998. She was also awarded Dufferin-Peel Catholic Elementary Principal of the Year in 2002 by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario.
In addition to her career as an educator, Catherine is a qualified trainer for the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and spent many years speaking and leading workshops, both in business and in education. Thus she is comfortable presenting to adults and children alike, described by her colleagues as a “dynamic, fascinating speaker."
Catherine has always aspired to be a published writer. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of small Canadian presses.
She is the author of Sweet Karoline and The Emily Taylor Mystery novel series: The Bridgeman, Victim, Legacy, and Seventh Fire. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award for The Bridgeman. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010.