I was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies and grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan with 9 siblings. After completing school, I began a 22 year career with Canada Safeway in Edmonton. I started as a training instructor and advanced to a training and development supervisor for Alberta, then moved to Master Trainer of Trainers for Canada and the U.S. I received many awards in my time at Safeway including among others the ‘Exceptional Achievement Award’ and the ‘President’s Award’ for exceptional contribution to the company.

I have been a trustee for 19 years representing Ward 74. In this time I have served 9 years as Chair of The Board of Trustees as well as 5 years as Vice Chair of the Board. I have served on every internal and external committee of the board with the exception of ATA negotiations (my husband was a teacher till he retired last year).

Prior to my election as trustee in 1998, I volunteered as a member of Good Shepherd School Council, and held various positions. I belong to Good Shepherd Parish where my husband Kevin plays music every week. I am an active member of the Catholic Women's League and an advocate for women in the home, in business and in politics. I was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding leadership. I am a politician, but above all I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. 

About Debbie

Our family, Jenna, Kevin, me, Megan, and Mitch, at Megan's wedding

My daughter Megan's wedding in June 2015

My surviving siblings and I

Our family, Jenna, Kevin, me, Megan, and Mitch, at Megan's wedding