Who gets a thrill out of convening groups and framing questions to help focus and clarify what individuals want within a group, and how to get it? Cate does, and she wants the process to be as well-defined and straight forward as possible because group work is hard and time consuming otherwise. Without a good process, group work can be messy and spoil the enjoyment of aiming to make things better.
She has some classic Irish characteristics – gift of gab, creative thinker, temper, wit, good writer – and she also has generous patience for engaging and listening to each person in a group, respecting their concerns and ideas, both surface and deep, and then helping to unearth the best goals that address essential values to maximize support and satisfaction for the results.
With a passion to empower more people to know their values and get involved to make a difference, Cate believes each of us can offer our best efforts to improve communities. That may sound naïve to some, but “it beats being cynical, don’t you agree?” she presumes.
To sidestep the trap of cynicism she gets out in nature regularly – on feet, on a bike, in kayak or tent – “because that’s where the magic and logic is most noticeable”, she says. When indoors she is never far from a good book or experimental cooking (not always successful, but mostly) or being astonished by music and performance art. Oh, and she can also renovate a house or yard if need be.
Get to know Cate. She wants to help you make your next project outcomes great and memorable!