Let me introduce myself

background


I have been a proud resident of Burlington for over 30 years.  I spent my childhood on Reeves Road and Mulberry Drive in Southeast Burlington, attending Mohawk (Gardens) Public School. 

My family moved to Toronto to be closer to elderly relatives during my teenage years but soon after getting  married, I settled back in Ward 4, Palmer Community, and started my own family.

Over the years my family has enjoyed living in a few different neighbourhoods in Burlington, but look forward to settling down in Ward 4.

volunteering

  

I have been passionate about volunteering in the community, canvassing for both the Cancer and Heart and Stroke Societies, representing condominium boards, taking a strong lead on school councils and acting as Community Liaison for a city councillor.  Since 2015 I have been very actively involved with the Burlington Age Friendly Committee specifically focusing on Parks/Open Spaces and Innovative Housing Options for Seniors.

professional experience

  

I spent nearly three decades working as a Social Worker, Mediator and Systems Navigator for the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Community and Social Services. 

For the past 4 years I have contributed to the economic development of the community by developing my own Social Enterprise here in Burlington. At Compass Home Consulting we assist seniors to navigate the stressful transition of downsizing and help to find appropriate and affordable housing options, as well as strongly advocating for innovative and affordable housing options for seniors.

education

I attended Ryerson Polytechnic University from 1987 to 1991 and graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Social Work.  After working in the field for many years I returned to school to obtain my Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from McMaster University in 2004.  I value being a "life long learner" and look forward to the exciting challenge of working on Burlington City Council.

values

 Community Development -  Civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals working together to improve the community and build stronger, more resilient communities


Participatory democracy - to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to have a voice and affect change within their community


Sustainable/balanced development and economic opportunity

family

My three beautiful daughters, my husband and I love to call Burlington home.  Through the years our family has thoroughly enjoyed being involved with Burlington Student Theatre, Halton Hurricanes and Defensa Volleyball, Manning Irish Dancing, Shikomu Karate, TimBits Soccer and Centre Stage Theatre as well as many Parks and Rec programs and Burlingtons wonderful green spaces.