President and founder of the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association
Kimberley Kotar is the President and Founder of the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association (CTMA). In this role, Kimberley coordinates, manages and leads the team in all aspects of increasing awareness, advocacy and support for those with rare neuroimmunological diseases. Kimberley was diagnosed with transverse myelitis in March 2006 and it was this diagnosis that led her to spearhead the CTMA.
Kimberley is no stranger to healthcare, having spent 14 years at the McGill University Health Centre as a research coordinator in the Departments of Medical Genetics, Respirology/Clinical Epidemiology, and Cardiology. Kimberley also worked in clinical care setting for two years, including the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Kimberley has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals, completed 17 marathons and 22 half marathons since her transverse myelitis diagnosis and works as a volunteer and first responder in animal rescue.
Heather Allen-Johnson is a newly appointed board member for the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association (CTMA).
Heather is no stranger to medical research- having spent over 10 years in the field of medical research with several publications during her time at Dalhousie University. She now is a self employed business owner specializing in bookkeeping and consulting. She has decided to take advantage of the flexibility in her schedule to volunteer with a worthy cause and has chosen CTMA.
Heather is married to a third generation Wild Blueberry farmer and they live on the farm in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia with their four Bengal cats and horse. When things are not busy on the farm Heather and her husband Klaine enjoy many travelling adventures – always including the cats.
Catherine is currently studying psychology at McGill university. She loves working with kids and sometimes immerses herself in their world through playful activities like Monkey in the middle or Duck, duck, goose.
On sunny days, you can find her walking around downtown Montreal, or hiking to explore Quebec’s scenic landscapes (even if it once cost her an ankle sprain). Catherine loves discovering Montreal’s food scene with friends, visiting museums, and learning about the world around us.
Social Media Manager
Michelle Abrokwa is the Social Media Manager for the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association (CTMA).
Michelle’s journey in content strategy began in college where she studied Media Arts. Over the past decade since, Michelle has had the privilege of mixing her passion for content creation and professional experience in community management into her all of her endeavours while working with diverse audiences across industries including events, tech, beauty, and travel.
In her spare time, you can find her at your neighbourly dog park with her fluffy boy Willy or in downtown Montreal raising her hands to the roof at a concert.