Born in St. Catharines, Virginia graduated from Governor Simcoe Secondary and graduated with Distinction with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University, and earned her law degree from the University of Toronto.
Since then, she has devoted her career to the area of Family Law, assisting individuals, children and families with divorce, separation, child support and custody issues. She also offers Mediation and Arbitration services.
Virginia has always believed in giving back to her community, starting as a volunteer “candy striper” at the former St. Catharines General Hospital and acting as a Guide and Brownie Leader while living in Toronto, and for a period after returning to St. Catharines.
Since then, Virginia has served as president of the Lincoln County Law Association, president of the St. Catharines Kiwanis Club, chair of the Family Law Education Program and served on various community and legal committees and boards, including the Local Judicial Liaison Committee, the Niagara Health Systems Foundation Committee for the new St. Catharines hospital, Bethlehem Project, The St. Catharines Historical Museum, St. Catharines Distress Centre, Design for a New Tomorrow, and the Family Counselling Services Community Board.
More recently, Virginia has become re-involved with the Big Sisters organization, and has launched Totes for Kids, an initiative to provide bags to children brought into care by the local child protection agency.
She lives in the north end of St. Catharines with her husband Doug and dog Seamus, while her daughter, Arwyn, attends university.
And on a few clear, winter nights each year, she can be found roaming the Arctic Circle searching for the Northern Lights.