I am 51 years old. I am the proud Mother of two daughters. My eldest daughter is 22 years old and recently graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto. My youngest daughter is 20 years old and will commence her third year of academic study at the Université de Lyon this September (on exchange from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario). I have worked for the Government of Canada the past 28 years, primarily in community economic development program policy. I graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa and lived and worked for most of my life in Ottawa. I now make the Greater Toronto Area my home (for 9 years). I am in a common-law relationship. My husband also has a daughter (age 24) with severe intellectual challenges. Our home is very lively with family and friends. I enjoy travelling, sports, gardening and cooking.