Over the span of the past 30 years, Toronto’s “street nurse” Cathy Crowe has both worked on the front lines in helping the homeless get the care they need and served as a tireless advocate for homeless issues in the city and beyond.

While that is where she made her biggest mark, she fell into homeless advocacy almost by accident.

While working in low-income communities in South Riverdale and the downtown core, she came face-to-face with poverty at a time when she was becoming more politically active.