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Born and raised in Edmonton, Maria Manna is the eldest of four  daughters of Italian immigrant parents. Her first language is Italian, which she speaks, writes and reads fluently.

As Klondike Kate, Maria served as Ambassador for the City of Edmonton in 1999 and 2000. 

She was proud to have been chosen to entertain the Canadian Military in Aviano, Italy, and the Canadian Military in Bosnia on a 10-day tour. Upon her return from Bosnia, Maria created the Bosnian Children Relief Foundation and helped fill a military aircraft full of school supplies and had it sent off to Bosnia. The Canadian Military helped Maria record a CD with total profits going to the foundation.

Her movie credits include the principal vocalist role as well as script coach for “The Engagement Ring”. She currently has three CDs in Italian as well as in English.

Maria lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Christopher Grew.

In 2016 Maria became an Ordained Minister and provides both services visits to palliative care visits.