I was born in Princeton, BC and lived in several small towns throughout BC. After graduating from Ashcroft Secondary, I attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton then moved to Smithers where we raised our family. In Smithers, I worked as a Child Care Worker at the Alternate School, a substitute teacher, a teacher’s aide, and a nutritional counsellor. In 1991, I formed a forestry company focussing on silviculture and eradication of the mountain pine beetle.
In 2002, we decided it was time for a change and moved to Osoyoos. Now we can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Two of our four granddaughters have graduated from OSS and our youngest is in Osoyoos Elementary School.
During the 2017/2018 year, I was actively involved in the OSS PAC and was the OSS rep for the District PAC. This year, with no students in the school, I am no longer able to be a member but would still like to attend the meetings. I am the president of the Sun Bowl Skating Club, a member of the Osoyoos Ambassador Program committee (formerly Osoyoos Royalty Committee), and a high school and club volleyball referee. Following the court challenge, I am no longer semi-retired. I was offered a job as a legal assistant at the John R. Cooper Law Corporation and in that capacity have since become a Commissioner of Oaths for British Columbia.
I have been involved in the education system for many years, in several capacities – student, athlete, parent, grandparent, employee, coach, volunteer. I bring to the table the experience of a student and athlete, the wisdom of a parent and grandparent, and the involvement of an employee, coach and volunteer. I also bring the experience of being a small business owner and all the challenges that entails.
My priorities include, ensuring students receive quality education in their own community, and rebuilding the confidence and trust of the school board in our community.
I value education. I believe it is the key to our children’s future, as well as the future the of our communities.