Inspiration for Activism!
- American-born public health nurse; emigrated to Canada in 1973.
- Strong social justice advocate, particularly anti-child poverty advocacy.
- Played a key role as public health nurse in Toronto, in identifying electric kettles as a key factor in elevated lead levels among infants. Reporting of her observations led to safety standards for electric kettles across the country.
- Wrote letters to editors in newspapers, lobbied elected officials as well as the professional nursing association (RNAO) regarding the impact of child poverty on health.
- Represented RNAO in a meeting on child poverty that led to the establishment of Campaign 2000, a public education and anti-child poverty advocacy group that still exists today.
- As a member of the Nurses for Social Responsibility, participated in various protest and educational activities focused on the advancement of health equity.
- Strong believer that the essence of nursing is to bear witness to what we see and speak truth to power.