Catherine Lane was born in Edmonton and schooled there; graduated with an Honours BA in French and History from Queens University; joined the federal Public Service in 1967, holding increasingly senior positions in Toronto, Regina and Ottawa until she retired in 1998 from Health Canada as a Director General. Public services positions included: Regional Director for Saskatchewan for the Department of Secretary of State, overseeing social development work with partners in the aboriginal, francophone, and multicultural communities; Registrar of Canadian Citizenship; and Director General of Population Health in Ottawa at Health Canada, managing the development of health promotion policy and programs in the areas of AIDS, alcohol and drugs, tobacco control, nutrition, seniors and children.
Catherine is a volunteer in the residence at Hospice Care Ottawa’s May Court site and is a back up at the Central West site; she is a member of Volunteer Council, Chair of IPC (Inter Professional Council), and was a founding member and first Volunteer Chair of the May Court Residence Volunteer Advisory Council (RVAC); she is currently participating in an initiative to grow HCO's capacity to provide spiritual care to clients.
Her other volunteer work since retirement has included: United Way of Ottawa Carleton for 10 years, several years as Chair of the Community Services Cabinet, and a member of the Board; Program Chair for the Canadian Friends of the Hermitage; elected member of Queen's University Council; VP Programs of the Volunteer Circle at the National Gallery of Canada. Catherine has been a docent at the National Gallery of Canada since 2000.
Catherine is president of her cottagers' association. Her leisure activities include curling, travelling, walking, book club, and cooking. She is bilingual in French and English. Catherine has been married to Dick for 34 years, with 3 stepchildren, 7 grandchildren in Regina and Winnipeg and a wonderful Scottie dog Toffee.