Born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, I moved to Burnaby in 1976 and have lived and worked here ever since. I was first elected to the council in 2002. Since then I've enjoyed the many opportunities my role offers to work with citizens and facilitate community involvement in City initiatives and policies. Burnaby is a great city and it’s always been my goal to improve policies and programs while maintaining financial responsibility and accountability to the citizens. I’ve served on almost every council committee, and several Metro committees. Currently, I’m the chair of the Community Heritage Commission and vice-chair of the Environment Committee.
Born in Pincher Creek Alberta, I graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education and moved to Burnaby in 1976, where I have lived and worked ever since. While working as a media librarian for Burnaby School District I became increasingly aware of the importance to the community of the services public employees provide—and particularly the role the union plays in ensuring these services are provided and protected. Eventually, my involvement in the union led to my election as the full-time secretary-treasurer of BC’s largest union, CUPE. I held this position for 14 years until retiring in 2005.
While working for CUPE, I was active on many community boards, committees, and projects, including serving as a representative on the United Way Campaign Cabinet. I am proud to be the recipient of the UW Labour Community Service Award. I also represented CUPE in discussions with the provincial government related to the implementation of the Community Charter, the legislation that governs local governments. During these years, I became more aware of the critical role municipal government plays, as the government closest to the people, to improve the lives of citizens and drive important policy matters.
I was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 2002. Since then I have enjoyed the many opportunities my role offers to work with citizens and to facilitate community involvement in City initiatives and policies. Burnaby was a great city when I was first elected. It has always been my goal to improve on the policies and programs that made Burnaby great while maintaining the fundamental policies of financial responsibility and accountability to the citizens.
Before the 2018 election, I had the opportunity to serve on almost every committee of council, represent the City at Metro Vancouver and serve on several Metro committees, including vice-chair of the Finance Committee for the region.
Currently, I am chair of the new Social Planning Committee of Council and vice-chair of the Environment Committee.
I am especially proud of my tenure as the chair of the Heritage Commission. Our award-winning heritage programs are supported by dedicated staff and community volunteers. Our programs have access to gaming funds, and we are therefore able to advance innovative activities without impacting property taxes.
One of my proudest accomplishments was championing the concept of free admission to Burnaby Village Museum. This has increased attendance and recognition of the Village beyond even my wildest expectations. It has also earned the city an award and made it a tourist destination.
- Chair, Burnaby Heritage Commission
- Chair, Social Planning Committee
- Vice-chair, Environment Committee
- Member, Audit Committee
- Past Director and Board Chair, Pacific Blue Cross
- Founding Board member of CCPA BC
- Past Director of Workers Compensation Board
- Past Board Chair, and current Director Community Savings Credit Union
- Past Director of Metro Vancouver
- Past member of other city committees, including Finance, Executive, Planning and Development, Public Safety, Traffic Safety
- Recipient of the United Way Labour Community Service Award