Kathryn Burke


Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Kathryn has an honours undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary. She has held senior management roles in hospital administration and health policy, and has undertaken numerous consulting projects in the field of health and human services.

Kathryn has been active as a volunteer throughout her entire adult life. She joined the volunteer community dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to people with learning disabilities shortly after her son was diagnosed with this challenge. She has served as a Director and Vice President of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta. In late 2008, she transitioned to the role of the Association's Executive Director, a role she continues to hold. In October 2009, she launched LDExperience.ca, a website created to help people affected by learning disabilities share their experience.

Kathryn lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Her first book, An Accidental Advocate, was released in February 2011.

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An Accidental Advocate: A mother's journey with her exceptional son
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,890. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A health care consultant turned education advocate, Kathryn Burke is the parent of a son with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. An Accidental Advocate chronicles her journey to identify her son's challenges and obtain supports necessary to address his needs. Also described are the steep learning curve and emotions that accompany being her son's advocate.

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Smashwords book reviews by Kathryn Burke

  • Malice & Murder on March 09, 2012
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    When I read Malice & Murder, I was stressed, tired, and just needed a bit of literary escape. The book delivered. I was intrigued by the ghost protagonist Charlotte, and how she did not let being dead prevent her from assembling a team of people to find her murderer. I read for many purposes -- to learn and to be entertained. There is a huge value in both purposes, and this book very nicely addresses the latter. It is medicine to get away from it all for a few hours, and feel good at the end. Highly recommended.