Degree: 1965 B.S.A. (Honours Zoology)
Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph
Summer 1965. Research Technician, Medical Research, Ontario Veterinary College.
1965 - 1966. Biologist, Ontario Department of Lands and Forests, Fish and Wildlife Branch, Hespeler.
1966 - 1967. Research Assistant, Agriculture Canada, Diagnostic Health of Animals Branch, Guelph
1967 - 1988. Research Associate (under Dr. Hugh R. MacCrimmon), Department of Zoology, University of Guelph.
1989-1993. Assistant to Professor Keith Ronald, The Arboretum, University of Guelph.
1993-present. Have worked privately with Professor Ronald, 'as needed', in researching and preparation of course materials for Distance Education management courses offered at Nova Southeastern University.
Consultant and Business Positions:
1979-1996. Director, Faun Aquatics Canada Ltd. (biology and environmental consultants)
1982-present. Secretary-Treasurer and Director, Sol Circ Incorporated. (research & development, engineering services)
Over ten years - one evening a week at Yorkhaven (affiliated with Sr. Christine)
Guelph and Area Right to Life Association - Board Member
Since mid-1980s - member Spiritan Prayer Group
Lector - Church of Our Lady
- Certified Fisheries Scientist, American Fisheries Society
- Member: American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists
- Member: American Fisheries Society
- Member - Catholic Women’s League
- Member - Guelph and Area Right to Life Association
- Member - Family Coalition Party of Ontario
- Member - Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Research and Related Experience:
Principal research interests include:
Zoogeography of salmonid species
Ecotaxonomy of freshwater fishes
Comparative ecology of stream salmoides
Bioaccumulation and biomagnification of mercury in an undisturbed Precambrian Shield watershed
Also an author in various Research Publications, Contractual Reports, and Courses.
Other Interests and Experience:
Greenhouse, nursery and orchard; boat modeling; building construction; courses for hands-on experience - Basic and advanced servicing and repair of small engines, Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology, Guelph, Nov.1985 -May 1986; Machine Tool Setter Operator (Engine Lathe), Certificate Program, Conestoga College, Guelph, 1986 -1988
Native of Port Dover - from a commercial fishing family.
1965 Barra married John. They have two grown-up childrenand have two precious grandchildren. She worked as a fisheries biologist at the University of Guelph and now helps part-time in putting together distance education courses. They live a simple life, serve the Catholic renewal, and uphold Judeo-Christian values that made Ontario families and the Ontario economy strong. They join with all people, all creeds, of good will, to preserve the traditional family that is under attack. Our common need is for a government where public and hidden policy does not undermine the needs of mother, father and children. As a Christian Heritage Party candidate, she has an opportunity to give the community a clear alternative to vote with its conscience for life, and for the protection of its families.
"I am very much for upholding the needs of the family in public life. Families are our primary social safety net in times of trouble and hurt. That is where the real education of children takes place and values are transmitted to sustain our future. That is where life is."
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