Councillor Karen Kirkwood-Whyte is serving her first term on Chatham-Kent Council for 2018 - 2022.

Current Municipal Council Appointments

  • Audit Policy Committee
  • CAO Performance Review and Compensation Committee
  • Chatham-Kent Board of Health

Current Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Community Safety and Wellbeing Committee
  • Member, Angela's Pocket – Ursulines
  • Member, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network
  • Member, Rotary Club of Chatham
  • Member, United Way Women's Leadership Council
  • Member, Ursuline Finance Review and Investment Committee

Former Community Involvement

  • Past President, The National Secretaries Association International (Thunder Bay Chapter)
  • Volunteer, Rehabilitation Action Team (RAP) – a support group of Mental Health/Kent
  • Vice-President, Tilbury Area Public School Home and School Association
  • Municipal Councillor, Town of Tilbury 
  • Board Member, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Board Chair, Chatham-Kent Integrated Children's Services Foundation
  • Member, Chatham-Kent Community Leaders Cabinet

Special Achievements

  • Mayor's Award for Achievement – Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) (Thunder Bay)
  • First female Rotarian – Rotary Club of Chatham (1991)
  • First female President – Rotary Club of Chatham (2000)
  • Chatham-Kent Y.M.C.A. Women of Excellence Award for Community Volunteer Contribution (2000)
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award (2012)
  • United Way Service Award – 30+ Years of Service (2017 MAY 10)

Employment History

  • Curtis Printing Company (Windsor)
  • Lakehead University (Thunder Bay)
  • City of Thunder Bay  (Parks and Recreation Department)
  • Thunder Bay District Health Council
  • Queen Mary Public School (Chatham)
  • John McGregor Secondary School (Chatham)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • United Way of Chatham-Kent (1983 FEB 14 to 2018 DEC 21)


  • Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute (Windsor)
  • Graduate – Windsor Business College
  • Certificate in Economic Development (University of Waterloo) (2007)