Karen Stearne for Niagara Falls City Council

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Karen Stearne for Niagara Falls City Council 2018


  •  Demonstrated track record managing a staff that exceeds 25 employees, independent contractor, medicine, health professionals. 
  • Practices a model of engaging staff in the daily operations building collegial appreciation for each other’s role to increase productivity in an inclusive work environment. 
  • Demonstrated leadership ability within and across programs that support and guide the implementation of a strategic plan leveraging input from community, board and staff. 
  • Results oriented with the ability to prioritize competing priorities.
  • Recognized advocate to improve and create public policy to support the social determinants of health in priority populations.


Heart Niagara Executive Director 1997-

Niagara Falls Downtown Board of Management Board of Director 2016-2018

Celebrate Old Downtown Community Corp Chair 2016-2018

Healthy Kids Community Challenge 2014-2018

Project Share Honourary Board Member

Niagara Region Physician Recruitment 2004-2010

Healthy Living Niagara 1998 - 2012

Project Share – Board of Directors 1988-1992, 1998 – 2004, 2004-2008

Niagara District Health Council Board Member 2002 – 2005

Mental Health & Addictions Advisory Committee 2003-2005

Niagara Integrated Planning Network 2004 -2008

Regional Cardiac Care Network 2001-2007

Niagara Falls Club House Advisory Committee 1991 – 1993

Niagara District Health Council, Mental Health Advisory Committee 1984 – 1987

Organization Effectiveness

  • 30 years’ experience in the developing and maintain partnerships with community agencies, City of Niagara Falls, professionals, and community stakeholders. 
  • Manage programming that reaches more than 10,000 Niagara residents annually.


Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Cardiac Wellness Program

Citizen CPR & First-Aid 

Cooking for a Healthier You

Diagnostic Clinic

Healthy Heart Schools’ Program


Niagara Vascular Risk Management Program 

Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program

Public Access External Defibrillator (AED) placement

Board Governance

  • Executive Director for more than 20 years working with a Board of Directors 
  • Experienced in responding to community need to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision under Board directives 
  • Advisor to the Board of Director on organization’s activities including risk management of the organizations clients, patients, staff and/or reputation.
  • Board of Director Member and Committee member on more than ten (10) Boards with an ability to embrace their organizations values and philosophy.

Financial Performance and Viability

  • High level of skill to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Recognized community leader within knowledge exchange on reporting, fiscal management and compliance with other non-profits. 
  • As ED moved an annual budget from $165,000 to $1,200,000 through social enterprise, grants, donor engagement and ministry programs.

Current Responsibilities

Annual budget preparation

Monthly financial statements

Fiscal management within the approved budget 

Grant writing

Ministry of Health reporting

Ministry of Transportation reporting

OHIP billing for Diagnostic Services 

Professional Qualifications

  • Over 30 years of education disciplines, a combination of education and experience in food security, mental health, priority population and cardiovascular disease.
  • A transparent and high integrity leadership and communication style.
  • Experience in leadership positions for non-profit organizations that are communicating with the Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN), Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and/or other agencies of government.
  • Experience and knowledge of emerging community opportunities and challenges 
  • More than 35 years in budget management, including preparation, analysis, and decision-making and reporting to multiple levels of government.
  • Knowledge of provincial legislation, programs and policies applicable to the emerging opportunities in Niagara Falls.

Personal Commitment

  1. Create a cooking show integrating healthy solutions with a gourmet flare on a budget 
  2. To continue to support the Niagara Community Foundation 

  • John and Lillian Clark Fund- developed to improve education for families to reduce heart disease. 
  • Sunday in the Parks Fund - developed to improve supports for women and families to further their education


Produced and co-wrote three (3) cookbooks 

  • Chamber Music 1997
  • Cooking with Heart 2007
  • Heart of our Community 2017

Health Promotion Innovation

  • Niagara on the Move 2005-2009
  • Vineyard Cycle Tour 2002-2007

Successfully operated a catering company 1992-2004

Worked as a Manager in the Hospitality Industry 1977-2002 


Niagara Falls Good Citizen Award 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012

Sun Media Woman in Business woman of the year for community service 2012

The Niagara Region Public Health Department Smoke Free Champion 2006 

Niagara District Health Council

  • Recognition award for community service 2005
  • Letter of appreciation Minister of Health 2005

Niagara Falls Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award for community service 2004

The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls Outstanding Woman in Our Community Award 2004

Centre for Community Leadership Voluntary Sector Innovation Award 2002 

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship International Year of Volunteer Recognition Award 2001

Chippawa Lions Club

  • Presidents Appreciation Award 2001
  • Fitness Pathway Volunteer Appreciation Award 2000

Niagara Heart Health

  • Service Recognition Award 1998-2003

Niagara South Canadian Mental Health Association

  • Distinguished Service Award      1993
  • Outstanding Public Service      Award 1995

Niagara Falls Social Planning Council

Volunteer Dedication Award 1995 

Volunteer Experience

MacBain Community Centre

· Capital Campaign

· Partnership Development

Project Share 1989 – 1995, 2001 –2008

· Executive 2002-2004

· Fundraising 2001-2011

· Honourary Board Member 

Healthy Living Niagara 2003-2015

Niagara Falls Community Centre Capital Campaign 2003-

Circle of Wellness Campaign 2004-2007

Niagara Heart Health Chairperson 1998 –2003

Regional Heart Health Project 1997

Sunday in the Parks, Niagara Community Foundation Fund 2003-

Chippawa Lions Park Fitness Pathway Project 1998-2000

Greater Niagara Circle Trek 2002

Niagara Nutrition Partners 1999 – 2001

Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Committee 1999 – 2003

Regional Low Income Working Group, 1999 – 2002

Tastes of Niagara – Advisor 1999 – 2004

Community PAD Fundraising - Advisor 1999 – 2016

Cardiovascular Symposium, partnered with Hotel Dieu 1998 - 2003

Greater Niagara General Foundation Recognition for Jeff Morgan - 2000

Niagara Council on Smoking and Health 2001 – 2018

PRO-Kids Regional Initiative focusing on financial assistance for child/youth activities

Polo Niagara 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002

Founding Board Member Niagara Falls International Marathon 1997 – 2001 

Niagara Falls Community Centre Capital Campaign 2003-2005

Community Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Fundraising - Advisor 1999 – 2016