Catherine Kempe has three passions in her life – her family, health care and advancing the presence of women in the leadership of Bermuda.
The wife and mother of two boys, Catherine has been active in her sons’ PTA and in her limited time to relax, she is an avid baker!
- Wife and mother of two school-age boys
- Registered nurse
- Supervisor of Medical case managers, Colonial Medical
- Deputy Chair, OBA
- Board of Directors, Bermuda Heart Foundation
- Bachelor of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Doing healthcare better
Catherine has dedicated her professional career to health care, first as a nurse at the world-famous Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she worked in the thoracic step down unit and in the Neurology Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit and on her return to Bermuda, in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s ICU.
She then moved to Colonial Medical as a medical case manager, advocating for clients and helping them to navigate the complexities of healthcare to get the care they need.
As someone who has been on the front lines of health care both as a nurse and as an insurance administrator, she brings unique insights into the challenges facing Bermuda’s health care system and will bring that knowledge to bear if elected to the House of Assembly.
In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, that knowledge is more necessary than ever. With an ageing population, a shrinking working-age population and more and more demands being placed on Bermuda’s health care system, new and innovative thinking is needed – and
Catherine can bring this to the table, grounded in experience, not wishful thinking. Bermuda can do better.
A woman’s role …
Women make up 50 per cent of Bermuda’s population, but only 22 per cent of Members of the House of Assembly. Yet in the Covid-19 crisis, 19 of the 20 countries that handled the crisis best were led by women.
And in Bermuda, which has received great credit for its handling of Covid-19, it was “wonder women” – Dr Cheryl Peek-Ball, Dr Fiona Ross (the Head of the Bermuda Health Council) and Dr Carika Weldon – who were instrumental in putting in place the policies and procedures that helped protect us. And yes, one of Bermuda’s few female Cabinet Ministers heads Health, while the Permanent Secretary of Health is a woman too.
It is a testament to the strength of female leadership that Bermuda has done as well it has. And yet only eight out of 36 MPS in the last House of Assembly were women. Something is not adding up here. We can do better!
A question of respect
When Covid-19 struck and thousands of people suddenly found themselves working from home, it was the mothers, single and in partnerships, who had to make sure their children were being educated from home, that meals were being made, household chores were being done – all while doing “our day jobs”. Certainly, men did their part, but I have spoken to countless women who describe the same thing.
And yet, in the Government and the House of Assembly, men – people elected to lead and to show an example – are allowed to make derogatory comments about women and to excuse them as jokes.
I can no longer sit on the sidelines while misogynistic comments are being made about women, perpetuating the culture of toxic masculinity within our government and society.
We cannot expect the men that make these comments to be able to truly fight for us and believe in our rights.
I joined the OBA because it has as its core value respect for all Bermudians, regardless of race or gender. The OBA believes we do better when we work together and when we are the change we want to see. The OBA puts people ahead of power. It does not force people to gather in public to vote, just so the Government can extend a mandate before it makes unpopular decisions. The OBA respects the people who vote for it and does not take them for granted.
We need to continue the struggle to make sure that we are strongly represented in our communities, our society and our government because we will do better.