Biography

My husband and I moved to East Gwillimbury from Richmond Hill fourteen years ago. We chose E.G. because of its wealth of green space, the warmth of its residents, and the sense of community that pervades every area of the town. We could think of no better place to raise our three young children, and want this community to be one we can always be proud to call home.

My passion for E.G. and my professional background make me uniquely qualified to serve our town as a councillor. I have experience in coaching, mentoring and leading people; I have identified and created new opportunities for growth; and I have led change to take organizations in exciting new directions. These skills will be key in dealing with some of the critical issues facing E.G. over the next several years.

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Over the past eight years, I have worked in Council as Chair of Corporate & Financial Services, Community Infrastructure & Environmental Services, with six of those including Community Parks, Recreation & Culture.  I have also been Council Liaison and East Gwillimbury’s representative on the following committees:

  • East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce
  • East Gwillimbury Public Library Board (Trustee for 8 years) plus 3 board sub-committees
  • Active Transportation & Trails Advisory Committee
  • Community Safety
  • Santa Claus Parade
  • North Union Community Recreation Committee
  • River Drive Park Community Recreation Committee
  • Captain of Team E.G., raising over $49,000 for Southlake Hospital over 8 years
  • Weaving Words: A Festival of Stories at the Sharon Temple (5 years)
  • Economic Development Task Force (provincial scope with AMO)
  • Liaison to Ranji Singh Foundation, bringing multicultural events to our town
  • Repair Cafe  – helped launch this innovative event to divert consumer goods from landfill

Before I joined Council, I volunteered with the Town on a number of advisory committees. In 2009, I was instrumental in the formation of the Sharon West Homeowners Association, in response to development issues in our area. My husband, who is a teacher with York Region District School Board, and the most dedicated educator I know, encouraged me to take my community involvement to the next level.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
I began my career in the insurance industry, and for 12 years I worked in the editorial, sales, distribution and product management areas of publishing. My last role in publishing was International Sales Manager for a Canadian publisher. I oversaw the export and translation of Canadian books to the US and abroad. In that role, I was also responsible for creating and launching a digital strategy for electronic books.

I stepped away from my career in publishing in order to devote my attention to my role as East Gwillimbury Town Councillor.  Two years ago, I obtained my real estate license, and am a part-time salesperson with Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. I apply my skills in building trust, delivering service and accountability in both of my roles.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and English Literature from Queen’s University
  • Post-graduate certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University
  • Certificate in Horticulture from the University of Guelph
  • Graduate, Ontario Real Estate College

OTHER INTERESTS
I play indoor & outdoor soccer in a ladies’ house league, and in the winter, I curl as often as I can. I am also an avid gardener and trail-walker.