I was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 5, 1951. My father came to Canada in 1957 directly to Calgary to find a job. A year later my mom and my older brother Jim and I came to Canada by ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean for 6 days and landed at Montreal in May 1958. From Montreal we journeyed by train for 3 days to get to Calgary and I have lived in Calgary since then.
I have a sister Alice who was born in Calgary. She got the red hair – there has been a redhead in the family in every generation.
I attended Bishop Grandin High School and when, I graduated high school, I went to Hollingshead Business College and got my first real job at Calgary Power. I met my husband, Willis, at Calgary Power and we have been married for 42 years. We have two girls who are both married. I am the grandmother of 4 grandchildren (3 boys: Zach, Aidan and Ruari and 1 girl: Gaia) ranging in ages from 6 to 19.
Willis and I have been members of St. Bonaventure Parish in Calgary for 40 years and we usher at the Sunday 10:30 AM Mass. Willis is the Master for the South District for the Knights of Columbus. His territory is from Wetaskiwin south to the U.S. border.
During our leisure time, Willis and I have season tickets to Theatre Calgary and Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. We like traveling, hiking and going to wineries.
I have been a CWL member with St. Bonaventure Council in Calgary since 2004. I have held the positions of circle leader, secretary, communications and correspondence, President, Past President and now I am secretary for the Council. I was also the co-chair of the 2013 Diocesan Convention.
This last two years I have been the Legislation and Resolutions Chair on Diocesan Council and although we had no resolutions presented at the last two conventions, I have enjoyed my time in this chair and look forward to the Education and Health chair.