Obtained a Bachelor of Education at McGill University and a Master of Public Administration at Queens University.
Worked for 20 years as a professional educator.
Appointed Executive Director of The Ottawa Mission in 1992; she was the first woman appointed to this position. Under her guidance and leadership, The Ottawa Mission has grown from a small emergency homeless shelter to an active community resource.
Is a founding member of The Alliance to End Homelessness.
In April 2004, was honoured with the Women of Distinction Award from the YM/YWCA. In 2005 she was named by The Ottawa Sun as one of five people who changed the face of Ottawa.