Katy Hutchison is a best-selling author, professional public speaker and restorative justice advocate.
What she describes as her “accidental career”, one that has taken her around the world and touched the lives of thousands, began in 1998 following the murder of her husband Bob McIntosh. A passionate spokesperson for victim and offender issues, Katy also works with youth to understand social responsibility and develop their emotional literacy.
Her book, entitled Walking After Midnight: One Woman's Journey Through Murder, Justice and Forgiveness is published in Canada and the US with condensed versions by Reader’s Digest available around the world.
Katy's powerful story inspired Lifetime Network's 2010 movie "Bond of Silence". Her 2013 TEDx talk has been viewed over 100,000 times and she was proud to be included in the Simon Fraser University Alumni Appreciation Project in 2015.
She makes her home in Victoria, BC with her husband Michael Hutchison. In addition to the financial management of Michael’s law firm, Katy is an in-school mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, 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.
"Many people who have been harmed or wronged often feel that to respond with non-violence and forgiveness is to be weak. As Katy Hutchison reveals here, to forgive and seek reconciliation not only requires even more strength than a resort to force or retaliation, but also ensures deeper, more far-reaching beneficial consequences for all concerned. I am sure her remarkable story will serve as an inspiration to others by beset by grief and loss as she was." - The Dalai Lama
The Story Of Bob
Katy Hutchison shares a compelling, real life story. In her personalized one hour presentation, entitled The Story of Bob, Katy clearly describes how alcohol and other drug use, peer pressure, and misguided choices in an unchaperoned setting caused devastation to her family.
Works Of Heart
Combining her expert facilitation skills with her passion for yoga and breath work, Katy collaborates with yoga professionals to create custom self-care & wellness retreats. These rich opportunities for self-discovery and gentle movement are designed to help participants relax, reflect & restore.
The F Word
Part of being human is getting hurt. Sometimes we hurt others; sometimes others hurt us. We even hurt ourselves. Holding onto this hurt and allowing it to dictate the course of our lives can have negative long-term consequences. Forgiveness can change the shape of our journeys.
Katy talks with students at Balfour Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan about her story and social responsibility.
Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships: Katy speaks at TEDxWestVancouverED
Katy's shares her journey through murder, justice, and forgiveness in her book Walking After Midnight.