Cathy Crowe

Cathy Crowe
  • Street Nurse, Public Affiliate
  • Company: Ryerson Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Cathy Crowe is a long-time Street Nurse who works in the area of social justice nursing. She is a frequent guest lecturer and commentator on subjects related to homelessness, housing, advocacy, activism and social justice.

Cathy has been the recipient of numerous awards including five honourary Doctorates in Law, Science and Nursing, an international Human Rights Award and the prestigious Atkinson Economic Justice Award. Cathy is also a ground-breaking author (Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out) and documentary filmmaker (Home Safe Calgary, Home Safe Toronto). Her work is the subject of a moving documentary ‘Street Nurse’ by filmmaker Shelley Saywell.

Today she is a Public Affiliate in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University.

She received the Order of Canada in 2018.

Her memoir: A Knapsack Full of Dreams. Memoirs of a Street Nurse was released summer 2019.

She is a co-founder of the Shelter and Housing Justice Network in Toronto.

Cathy’s website is