Judy did not plan a career in politics, but has given most of her life to serving others.
Her background is as an airframe technician serving in the Canadian Forces, a software engineer and a small business owner. She comes from a family dedicated to community and public service. Both her parents served in the RCAF just after WW2. Her husband of 37 years served over 20 years in the Canadian Forces, and their son is currently serving and posted to CFB Petawawa in Ontario.
Judy has a long list of volunteer positions and currently serves as a board member on the Digby & Area Community Health Board, a core Action Team member for Fresh Food Box Digby and is the Regional Representative for the Green Party of Nova Scotia in the Fundy Shore region.
Judy ran her first political campaign in West Nova in 2019. It started in June with a registered Electoral District Association (EDA), $36 in the bank account and no previous political experience. Judy jumped into the deep end of Federal politics, with both feet. She rapidly learned that she has good instincts. In October 2019, she and her team came in third with 12.69% of the vote.
It has become clear that Judy’s life experience and training have built a robust toolbelt of skills and a perspective that are needed within the Green Party at this moment in time. Judy has presented several peer-reviewed papers on team building and managing highly effective groups, at international conferences such as Frontiers in Education, Java One, and OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages & Applications).
Judy started her education in Commerce at Saint Mary’s University, transferred to Honours program in Computer Science at Acadia University and completed her Masters of Computer Science at Carleton University, while working full-time at a high-tech start-up and raising her son.