Judy Stewart was born in Sweetsburg, Quebec and grew up on a farm in the Eastern Townships near the town of Knowlton, Quebec. She attended Knowlton High School and graduated in 1969.
Upon graduation, Ms. Stewart acquired a Diploma in Education, majoring in art education, and a Diploma in Special Education, majoring in child psychology, from McGill University. Ms. Stewart taught two years in Quebec (including one year in La Tuque, Quebec) where her students included Mistassini Cree students and students studying English as a second language.
In 1974, Ms. Stewart moved to Calgary, Alberta, where she worked as a teacherís aide for the Calgary Catholic School Board during the day and attended the University of Calgary in the evenings. In 1977, she obtained her Bachelor of Education. She taught special needs children before becoming a stay-at-home mom in Cochrane, Alberta. Her two children are now young university students.
From 1992 to1998, Ms. Stewart served as a town councillor with the Town of Cochrane. In October 2001, she became Mayor of the Town of Cochrane.
Ms. Stewart is particularly interested in issues surrounding children and water quality and safety and she spends time developing her knowledge and understanding of these issues. She is an avid environmentalist with a keen interest in preserving and restoring riparian habitat.
Ms. Stewart is happily married to Bruce.