My family moved back to Dartmouth from British Columbia in 1959.
I grew up on Celtic Drive and attended Alderney Elementary School, Caledonia Junior High and Prince Andrew High School. My free time was spent exploring the woods around Oathill Lake, skating, swimming, paddling on Lake Banook and playing games and music with neighbourhood friends.
I have degrees in Chemistry and Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. Between degrees, I took a year off to work in BC. I have worked as a Physiotherapist in the hospital system since graduating in 1984. Professionally I developed an interest in managing Chronic Pain. I had roles as Acting Manager on 2 separate occasions as well as Acting Clinical Coordinator. For the last 12 years of my career I was part of an Interdisciplinary Team on the Pain Management Unit, teaching over 80 groups. This was the most worthwhile experience of my career. I became part of the Nova Scotia Collaborative Care Network (Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain and Addictions).
After graduating I volunteered as a team Physiotherapist for the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club and the Dalhousie University Swim Team. Outside of work and heading into retirement, I remain active on the Executive of the Atlantic Tai Chi Association and volunteer with a group of Tai Chi for Health people who have Persistent Pain. The Daylighting of the Sawmill River has caught my interest as a way to help the community stay safer from flooding, restore fish-ways to the harbour, manage weeds in Lake Banook and promote a more walkable community. I support local groups like the Helen Creighton Folklore Society and the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum. I have lived in various parts of Halifax and Dartmouth and moved back to Dartmouth South in 1989, when I married and bought a house overlooking the harbour.
Party platforms have been important in my voting decisions. When I read the federal Green Party platform in 2004 I knew I had found some people who shared my values and priorities. I have been supporting the Greens ever since then and I feel quite ready to put my name on the line for them.
I have friends who strongly support other parties, all for good reasons. I understand their passion and hope they realize that being Green is not stealing a vote from another party. My heart has always been here.