MSc, BSC, PMP, Author, Speaker, Content Creator
Katharine Chan has over a decade of professional working experience, specifically within mental health, emergency health services and women’s health, facilitating, coaching, and promoting tough and honest conversations among leaders to enable organizational change.
She’s passionate about putting words to her feelings despite growing up in a culture that hides them.
She wants to help others transform their lives, empowering them to love themselves, embracing their culture and improving relationships.
She firmly believes that life is about fulfillment and experiencing everything it has to offer.
MSc (Health Sciences)
Thesis: “The Association Between Exposure to Smoking and Symptoms of Depression Among British Columbia Youth.”
BSc (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology)
Project Management Professional (PMP) designation
Prosci Change Management designation
5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ from Coaching Out of The Box
Published healthcare articles in scientific journals
Co-authored chapters in healthcare-related books
Presented at local and national healthcare conferences
I wanted to be a physiotherapist but after a short stint at a clinic, I realized I didn’t like touching people.
I went into academic research instead and published scientific journals and co-authored a couple of books.
However, that type of work, although important, wasn’t quite my passion. Plus, academic research can be a bit dry for my taste.
So I transitioned into quality improvement work within healthcare, leading culture change, focusing on empowering clinical practitioners, developing partnerships that enable systems-level change to provide seamless, high-quality patient care.
After my daughter was born, writing became a means of therapy. I searched online for other Canadian born Chinese mom bloggers who were trying to preserve a part of their culture with their children and the results were limiting.
I said to myself, “I’m sure there are other moms who feel this way. If I put myself out there, perhaps I can start making those connections so others can feel a sense of community.”
I write about things to hopefully empower others to have a voice, to feel connected and to raise awareness about issues that never got talked about when I was growing up (only felt them).
My blog, Sum on Sleeve, is a raw and honest look at my culture and upbringing, sharing personal stories with a witty sense of humour while reflecting on my role as a mom.