Catharine Mayne, 33, is a community economic development officer with
NECO Community Futures Development Corporation. She has volunteered
her time with many community organizations including Friends of Laurier
Woods, the Nipissing Township Museum, and Rotaract.
is your greatest accomplishment?
A: When graduating from Canadore
College (diploma, Small Business
Management), I had no idea I would
end up working for an economic
development agency. I was hired
because of my involvement in S.I.F.E.
(Students In Free Enterprise). I've
been lucky to establish relationships
with some great people. It's
comforting to witness how generous,
passionate and determined people
can be when it comes to a community
project and knowing I've been able to
assist in some way.
Q: Who is your most valued mentor?
A: My grandmother, "Gram," instilled
in me a passion for history. If it
hadn't been for her taking me on
trips on old back roads, I would
not have discovered my passion
for photographing ghost towns,
cemeteries and colonization roads,
and then researching the mysteries.
Q: What do you love most about North Bay
and area ?
A: The quality of life it affords: great
hiking trails such as the Laurier
Woods; the luxury of being home
within minutes of finishing work;
cottage life; local artisans and
unique boutiques, pick-your-own
berry farms; gorgeous sunsets, four
seasons; amazing people; and my
absolute favourite, the history and
geography of our region.
Q: What else would you like to
A: So very much.everything from
operating my own small business
to becoming a really great squash
player. All I know is that the best is
yet to come.