I was born In Ireland, but immigrated with my family to Toronto when I was young. However, I spent most of my formative years in Northern Ontario, primarily Timmins, now more famous as the home of Shania Twain than its gold mines. I can’t sing like Shania. In fact, I can’t sing at all, but I do like music and am a huge fan of Bob Dylan. I first saw him in concert at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton in 1988, and more recently in Ottawa during his 2006 tour.
True to my Northern roots, I enjoy camping, canoeing and hiking, although I can’t say I enjoy winter. I am also an avid reader, gardener and photographer. Genealogy is another major hobby.
After graduating from Timmins High, also Shania’s high school, I attended the University of Western Ontario in London for a year before moving on to Nippissing University in North Bay, at that time part of Sudbury’s Laurentian University. My schooling was interrupted for a period of time while I was raising a family.
I taught the Job Readiness Training Program at Canadore College in North Bay for a number of years before moving with my family to Hamilton. Here I continued working in the field of vocational rehabilitation, initially at Amity Goodwill Industries and then for the Ministry of Community and Social Services where most of my clients had head injuries and orthopedic injuries.
When my contract at the Ministry ended, I became self-employed for a number of years as a Rehabilitation Consultant. As a rehabilitation consultant, I worked exclusively with clients who were injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. I was responsible for ensuring that my clients received the appropriate medical and rehabilitation treatment to enable them to either wholly or partially return to their pre-accident activities.
My 20-year work background in the field of rehabilitation qualified me to enter the field of personal injury law as a Rehabilitation Services Advisor, but this time working exclusively for the client on behalf of the lawyer. I had known for some time that I no longer wanted to work within the strictures of the government or the insurance industry, and so I was extremely pleased when Rhona Waxman offered me a job working at her law firm.
As Rehabilitation Services Advisor, I ensure all our clients receive the best rehabilitation and medical treatment they require and I deal directly with the increasingly complex no-fault insurance industry to help alleviate the stress clients experience when they have to deal with no-fault insurance issues on their own. I have now been working with Rhona for 10 years.
In my 30 years of rehabilitation employment, working for Rhona has been the most rewarding job I have had. It is very satisfying to see our clients get the treatments and settlements they deserve.