Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1945; died in Ottawa in 2006.
Was a career waitress who became the public face of Canada’s anti-smoking campaign.
Claimed that she contracted lung cancer in 2002 from second-hand smoke encountered at her workplace of 40 years, including an Ottawa restaurant.
Appeared on numerous television public service announcements.
Submitted a successful claim relating to second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace to the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board for lost earnings and health care benefits.
Due to a large part of her lobbying, the province of Ontario passed a tough anti-smoking bill which came into effect four days after her 2006 death of lung cancer at the age of 61.