Born and raised in North Vancouver, I began my career on the North Shore as a hair stylist, then on to teaching at Carson Graham High School. I left that job in 1998 to pursue my master’s degree in education. My love of education led me to open Holly’s Salon and School, a successful, high-end salon and training facility that I operated for 20 years right here on Lonsdale. During that time, I was pleased to receive the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in the 'Best Employer' and 'Business Person of the Year' categories and have twice been a finalist in Vancouver's YWCA Women of Distinction awards. I was also honoured to be voted one of Canada’s most inspirational women by Chatelaine Magazine.
From 2008 to 2011, I also served on the North Vancouver School Board in the elected position of Trustee.
I feel strongly that our community is made stronger when we all give back. I’m proud that my charitable work over the years has benefitted many local charities, including Community Cares, North Shore Neighbourhood House, ALS Foundation, Abreast in a Boat Dragon Boat Team for breast cancer, Cops for Cancer, Jewels for a Cause (Cancer), Women of Downtown East Side, and many more.
In 2014, I was elected to my first term as Councillor with the City of North Vancouver. It is an honour to serve my community and I welcome the opportunity to continue putting my years of business and community minded experience to work for you.
My husband and I have three sons, and they all live in North Vancouver with their families.