A lifelong commitment
One could say my connection to education is
lifelong. From my own early school years in England through my high school and
university years in Canada. As a volunteer while my four children navigated the
public school system in Guelph and during my 25-year career at the University of
Guelph. Now, sharing my time between helping to care for my grandchildren and
serving as a School Board trustee in Upper Grand seems only natural. Education
is my passion and my vocation – it is somewhere I have always chosen to spend my
time professionally and as a volunteer.
been a resident of Guelph for over 40 years – save
for a three-year hiatus in Nova Scotia – and I have
served as a School Board trustee in Upper Grand for
the past 20 years.
Having spent my early years in
England, I immigrated to Canada with my parents in
1955. We settled in Toronto’s west end, where I was
introduced to the Canadian education system at
Etobicoke Collegiate Institute.
After high school, I attended
Trinity College, University of Toronto
and graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and
Physics. Upon graduation, I accepted a position as a
computer programmer with the Shell Oil Company in
first child was born, daycare was not available in
our neighbourhood. And, because my mother had died
from brain cancer seven months before, the help from
extended family that we had planned on was no longer
available. I made the decision to leave the
workforce to raise my children.
to Guelph in 1969 when my husband Dan accepted a
position as Associate Director of Systems and
Programming in the Institute of Computer Science at
the University of Guelph. We happily settled into
the community with our growing family and
established deep roots.
later, Dan accepted a position at Nova Scotia Power
and we moved to Dartmouth. Although we had made our
home in Guelph, the opportunity to spend three years
in another province gave me an interesting
perspective on the diversity of Canadian culture and
a glimpse into education in another context.
In 1981, we returned to Guelph and I
completed a diploma in Computing and Information
Science in 1984. Subsequently, I was hired as a
research assistant to Dr. John Holt at the
University of Guelph. He established one of the
first microcomputer labs in an Ontario University
and I was appointed to the position of
Microcomputer Coordinator of the College of Physical
and Engineering Science. I
retired from that position in June 2006 after
spending a rewarding 25-year career in the
in Guelph, our four children had the opportunity to
attend a number of public schools in this
community. Now, Dan and I have three grandchildren,
two of whom currently attend schools in Guelph. I
have provided daycare two or three times a week
since my grandchildren were a year old. You
may find me with one of my grandchildren attending
gymnastics, swimming or music lessons or running
around in the neighbourhood playground. Our oldest
grandchild has just started Grade 3 so I remain very
involved in child development and continue to stay
connected to what is happening in our local schools
on a personal, as well as a professional, level.
I feel strongly about “service to the community” and
much of my community involvement has focused on
When my children were in school, I was an active
participant in Parent Teacher Organizations (now
known as School Councils) and also served as
President, Program Chair and member of the
Shelldale PTO from 1971 to 1979.
I was one of a group of parents who convinced
the Wellington Board of Education to establish
the French Immersion Program as a permanent
I was a member of the Principal's Advisory
Committee at J. F. Ross C. I. (1987-88).
I was a member of the Board of Governors of
Dartmouth Academy, Dartmouth, N.S. (1978-80)
I served as President and Program chair of the
Guelph French Immersion Association (1976-78).
I have also been an active volunteer in the Girl
Guide organization over the years.
I have lobbied for better Mental Health Services
within our community.
I organized an "All Candidates" meeting during
one provincial election to create awareness
among all candidates of the need for more
services to support those suffering from mental
I have volunteered with "The Wizard of Hope
Walk" for Schizophrenia and have supported ADVOX
Wellingon – a local group promoting better
services for children suffering mental health
I initiated the document
"An Educator's Resource Guide: Mental Illness in
This document has been used in the Upper Grand
District School Board to educate teachers and
administrators about mental illness within the
school population. You can read more about the
Guelph Mercury Article.
In 2000, Guelph-Wellington Barrier-Free
Committee awarded me with an "Access
Recognition Award" for the "Outstanding
Contribution of an Educator" for my work in
the mental health field.
Hobbies and Interests:
Computers and technology, gardening,
classical music, knitting, needlework, quilting.