Donate to Cathy O'Toole for Herbert
Cathy O'Toole is the Labor candidate for Herbert in QLD for the 2019 federal election. Cathy was born, raised and educated in Townsville with her parents and four siblings in a working class environment. Cathy and her husband married in Townsville where they raised and educated their three children. She has lived in Townsville all of her life apart from three and half years; it is her home.
Cathy started her working life as an apprentice hairdresser and at the age of eighteen became a small business owner in partnership with her mother. Cathy and her husband have owned and operated a range of small businesses in the retail, hairdressing and vocational education and training industries for many years. She also worked in the TAFE sector in a teaching and project management role as well as the community sector as a CEO for thirteen years.
Cathy's passion and commitment to lifelong learning encouraged her to continue studying and she has achieved a range of tertiary education qualifications. She is currently the CEO of a medium sized not for profit mental health organisation that operates in North and West Queensland, including Palm Island.
“Women represent 50% of the population and we are a very diverse group. Families do well when women are educated and employed, as a community we must strive to be inclusive and to value diversity.”
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