- Restorative Justice Advocate
Katy resides in Victoria, BC. She moved back to Vancouver Island eighteen years ago, following the murder of her husband Bob McIntosh. In the course of dealing with the legal issues surrounding Bob's death, she met and married lawyer Michael Hutchison.
After Bob's murder on New Year's Eve 1997 Katy waited for five years while the police worked tirelessly to obtain the evidence to prosecute and convict his killers. During that period, Katy developed her perception of the societal forces and lack of understanding amongst young people that created the circumstances leading to Bob's death. She grew to recognize the need to advise and educate young members of the community about the risks that arise with the combination of young people, alcohol, and a lack of supervision.
Katy currently divides her time between working with her husband Michael in his law practice and her professional speaking career. She is an in-school mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteers in a literacy program in a local elementary school and has previously sat on the Boards of Glenlyon Norfolk School, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Children's International Summer Villages and Restorative Practices International.
Her book entitled Walking After Midnight: One Woman's Journey Through Murder, Justice and Forgiveness was published in Canada by Ranicoast Books and in the US by New Harbinger Publications. in 2016 Katy wrote an epilogue for the book which is now available from her directly in softcover.
In 2010 Katy's powerful story inspired Lifetime Network's movie "Bond of Silence". In 2013 she delivered a TEDx talk on rethinking education.