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In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses, and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.
What is your name?
Dr. Kathy Keating, Registered Psychologist
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kelowna?
I am originally from Newfoundland and I have lived in Kelowna for three years now.
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
I would have to say my husband. He makes me laugh more than anyone else and we always have fun, regardless of what we do.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
That is tricky. On the one hand, I would say Newfoundland. I have a large extended family and mostly all of them are there. It would be nice to visit. On the other hand, it is winter in Canada. I would like to head somewhere sunny and warm for week.
What is your favourite local store in Kelowna and why?
That is also a tough one! I love Mosaic Books and could spend a lot of time in there browsing the shelves. I am also a big fan of Olive & Elle. It's such a lovely, locally owned gem.
What is your favourite activity?
Since moving to BC, I would have to say cycling. I love mountain biking on the amazing trail networks we have right here in the valley.
If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers?
Without a doubt, pizza. Specifically, pizza at The Curious Cafe.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
I am honestly inspired everyday by the patients I work with. Through their individual stories and our work together, they teach me important lessons about resilience, strength, empathy and kindness.
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
That's my question! You'll get that once you read what I do.
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Kelowna branch. I have been involved in various CMHA events including Ride Don't Hide and Women and Wellness, and I am also on the CMHA Mental Health Voices Committee. This committee is responsible for evaluating local businesses for their mentally healthy workplace practices. Each year we present mentally healthy workplace awards to both large and small scale businesses here in Kelowna.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
This is tough. There are so many potential answers to this question. If we lived in a world where all countries and communities had access to effective and efficient health care, clean drinking water and food - that would be a good place to start.
What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?
Where would you sneak away to in Kelowna to spend some time alone?
Smith Creek or Rose Valley mountain bike trails are beautiful and peaceful places to spend an afternoon. A solo road ride down on the waterfront in Peachland isn't a bad idea either.
Where would you like to see positive change in Kelowna and why?
I hope everyday that I can contribute to a mentally healthy Kelowna. I would love to see and hear more open discussions about mental health. Less stigma and a deeper understanding of mental illness will help us as individuals, and as a community.
If you were granted one wish for work or in life, what would it be?
Simply, good health. In my business I know first hand that life circumstances and mental and physical health can change so quickly and unexpectedly. If I am able to maintain good health I will consider myself very fortunate.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I can have a thick Newfoundland accent at times but, I dial it down at work so that most people can understand me.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Keating Psychological Services.
What does your business do?
I am a psychologist and I provide psychological assessment and treatment services to adults.
Why did you get into/start this business?
I wanted to learn more about how the human mind worked and why people do the things they do. It is such an interesting field and there is quite literally never a boring day at the office.
What is the goal of your business?
To help individuals in the community work through their mental health challenges and enhance their well-being.
What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life?
Of course we all have struggles, but I have generally been very fortunate in my life to this point. Right now, my struggle is maintaining a work-life balance. In order to best help my patients, I have to be mentally healthy and practicing good self-care.
If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
In hindsight, I might have taken time away from school before starting my doctoral degree to gain some other life experience. Having said that, I realize that if I had, I would not have had the experiences that have led to me being where I am right now.
My nomination for the In Focus spotlight is:
Lisa Dartnell, Mortgage Broker. Not only is she great at what she does, she is also truly kind, caring and community-minded.
Other information you would like to share:
I am happy to be a part of the Kelowna community and I feel as though I have been welcomed with open arms. Businesses, professionals, and the public have been supportive since I started my practice. For those interested in learning more about what I do and my areas of practice, please visit my website.
We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below and submit your own nomination by clicking HERE. You are also welcome to submit a form of your own by clicking HERE. Thank you, Kelowna.