I come from a political family where my shop steward and independence supporting father discussed politics with my sister and I as a matter of course.
I am a retired primary school teacher, graduated from Dundee College of Education in 1978 and I am at present still working as supply cover in Dundee schools. During my teaching career I was the EIS union representative in most of the schools I taught.
I’ve believed in Scottish independence since my college days and when the referendum campaign started in 2012 I immediately got involved as an activist.
In Yes Scotland, I was on the original exec committee of Women For Independence and organised several events, fundraisers, discussion forums and even a flash mob in the city of Dundee in the run up to the referendum.
I am a proactive person and when I see something needing done, I like to use my own initiative and do something about it. I’m a doer, not a talker so when in 2015, I saw refugees flooding into Lesvos an island that I’ve visited since 1989 and have several friends, I decided that I had to do something to help.
I raised over £1000 in a crowd funder and went out to the island with a huge bag of supplies and the money where I met with friends Eric and Philippa Kempson of The Hope Project and organised a delivery of water and blankets with the help of another Greek friend and business owner, Rebecca Michaelides. I was taken to visit the horrendous and heart breaking conditions at the Moria and Kara Tepe camps and the mountain of life jackets that formed in the north of the island.
When the first lockdown hit last year, I and a few friends from Dundee Thegither decided to get to work organising food parcels, medicine drops etc for self isolating or underprivileged families in Dundee. Although I am no longer part of this organisation I am proud to say that I was able to be proactive at the start of it.
Whatever I get involved in I give 100% and I will continue to do so as a member of the Alba Party.