Mayor of Ottawa from 1991 to 1997
Third woman to be mayor of Ottawa (Charlotte Whitton was the first, Marion Dewar, the second).
First elected to Ottawa city council in 1982.
Prominent volunteer in the Ottawa community, especially on causes relating to the disabled; over 25 years of community service.
Past chair of the board of directors for the Royal Ottawa Hospital; played a leadership role in the planning of the new Regional Rehabilitation Centre in 1981.
Involved in fundraising for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club.
Served as governor of Algonquin College, the Community Foundation of Ottawa and as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
Member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, honorary chair of Breast Cancer Action, and chair of the Ottawa Health Research Institute.
Co-author of Ottawa Then & Now, a 200-year retrospective of Canada’s capital city.
Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa and a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement.