∑ An Associate Professor of English at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook since 1987
∑ Grew up in St. Johnís
∑ Completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Memorial before earning an M.A. at Dalhousie University in Halifax and a PhD at the State University of New York in Buffalo
∑ Has held various administrative posts within the college, done a wide variety of committee work within the college and with the universityís faculty association, and been a member of the University Senate
∑ Has been active in NDP campaigns for over 20 years, first in Fort Erie, Ontario, then in Corner Brook; for the last few years she has been a member of the NDP provincial executive committee and has represented the party as a panelist on local CBC radio broadcasts
∑ Married to Marc Thackray; they have a teenage son, Colin.