Debbie was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, only leaving for a short period of time to pursue post-secondary studies in the field of Social Services. Her career path developed in the Social and Health Services sectors, gaining 40 years of experience working with Young Offenders, Persons with an Intellectual Disability and Adults with a Physical Disability. Debbie was first elected to City Council as a Councillor for Ward 5 in 1997. She participated in a number of Committees and Boards during her nine year term as Councillor. In addition to her responsibilities as Mayor, Debbie is currently employed as a System Navigator with the Red Cross.
Debbie's goal while occupying the office of the Mayor is to create opportunities for the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie while actively participating in the decisions that affect us all. The role of City Council is to create an environment for the City to grow and prosper, and this is where her energies will be placed. History was made when Debbie became Sault Ste. Marie's first female Mayor in December 2010, but Debbie recognizes that the role of Mayor and Council is that of a Public Servant. Debbie acknowledges that this must not be lost sight of during her term as Mayor.