About Kathy

Kathy with her daughter Elise

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Kathy McGrenera has always given back to her community. Kathy is a founder and community leader of Quayside Village, a pioneering cohousing project in Lower Lonsdale. Quayside seeks to create a modern village in an urban setting. Kathy has helped implement a range of environmental design features saving water and energy, diverting over 90% of their waste, growing food everywhere possible, and ensuring the shared indoor and outdoor spaces form the heart of this vibrant community. Kathy’s leadership has helped make Quayside an internationally recognized model of affordable housing, environmental sustainability and a pioneer community for aging in place.


Kathy holds numerous certifications. In addition to a BA, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Women’s Studies and a Masters in Education, Kathy is a certified group facilitator and trained bookkeeper. Kathy has been a small business owner, operating a successful community based licensed daycare for more than a decade. A passionate volunteer and financial steward, Kathy is the Treasurer of her Strata and the Parent Advisory Council at her daughter’s school, Handsworth Secondary, and was a longtime equipment manager with the NS Girls Soccer League. “Friends often describe me as being a great listener and having the most energy they’ve ever seen. I’d like to put my energy, skills and values to work on the North Vancouver City council for the whole community” Kathy McGrenera