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Cathy Donaldson is a writer who has worn many hats. Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cathy studied sociology and political science in university before taking a journalism degree. From there, she started her writing career as a daily newspaper reporter in Halifax. With that ‘hat’, she covered everything from house fires and car accidents to city hall budgets and political controversies. She later lived in Montreal and Vernon, British Columbia. She worked in various positions, from weekly newspaper reporter and columnist to freelance copy writer and editor.

Interviewing actor/activist Martin Sheen New York City, 2003

Today, Cathy lives in Moncton, New Brunswick. She is a communications consultant, helping clients share their messages with the public. She is also a travel writer/photographer, exploring the world and sharing her adventures with readers. Cathy has contributed to numerous publications in Canada and the US, and has gained a reputation as an engaging, plain-language writer.

Caging the Anxiety Monster

Cathy recently self-published her memoir, Caging the Anxiety Monster. In the book, she describes how anxiety and depression upended her world, forcing her to discover ways—and create some of her own—to confine her “anxiety monster” and keep the ­fiend under lock and key. Cathy considers herself a ‘happiness enthusiast’ and plans to continuing doing what she can to encourage better mental health for all.

The mother of two, wife of one, is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, and the Travel Media Association of Canada.

Working on Caging the Anxiety Monster with critique partner Ellie, 2016