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Catherine Mardon is a Canadian writer, activist, and lawyer.


Catherine Mardon was born in Oklahoma, but spent many years living in St. Petersburg, Florida. She currently lives in Canada. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Art from Newman University. She received a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Mardon is a social activist, having worked for family farmers, with ecumenical organizations, for the homeless, and as a speaker on social justice issues. She was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1988. Her legal practice also included archdiocesan tribunal work, death penalty appeals, and a variety of low income concerns. Mardon is also a mediation trainer responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of over 180 volunteer mediators.

After being attacked for providing testimony, which left her with physical injuries, a traumatic brain injury and PTSD, she became an advocate for the disabled.

Mardon has written many books on mental illness and a series of children's books that have been translated into 18 different languages.

She is married to fellow writer and activist Austin Mardon

  • Curveballs (2012)
  • Gandy and Parker Escape the Zoo: An Illustrated Adventure (2013, with Austin Mardon)
  • Screwballs (2015)
  • Gandy and the Princess (2015, with Austin Mardon)
  • Gandy and the Cadet (2015)
  • Gandy and the Man in White (2016, with Austin Mardon)
  • Gandy and the Man in Black.(2016)
  • Gandy and the Underwater City(2017)
  • Gandy and the Sea Cow(2016)
  • Gandy and the Mastodon(2015)
  • Gandy At the Beach (2017)
  • Gandy and the Fiddler (2017)
  • Gandy and the Lumberjack (2017)
  • Gandy and the Bonefish (2017)
  • Gandy and the Lady (2018)
  • Gandy and Christopher
  • Gandy and the Musician (2017)
  • Gandy and the Piper
  • Canadian Polar Explorers
  • Alphabet Soup
  • Therapeutic Parenting
  • Hoarding the Family Secret Behind Closed Doors.
  • Listen to the Right Voices: Pastoral Care of Persons with Schizophrenia
  • The A Word
  • How to Build and Maintain Relationships with Mental Illness

Awards and honors

  • Dame Commander in the Order of St. Sylvester, a Papal Knighthood(2017)
  • Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers(2018)
  • Honour Officer Northwest Zone, Army Cadet League of Canada, (2018)
  • Regent's Distinguished Scholar - Oklahoma State University
  • Marian Medal - National Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Diocesan Officer - Catholic Women's League
  • Edmonton Archdiocese
  • 2016 True Grit Award - The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction
  • Association of Trial Lawyers, Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Competition, State Honoree, National Finalist, 1987.
  • Alpha Zeta (National Agriculture Honor Society), 1984.
  • Xi Sigma Pi (National Forestry Honor Society), 1983
  • Former President – Catholic Women's League, St. Alphonsus, Edmonton
  • Former President – Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
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