Betty moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2009, and was later joined by her mother Lena. She lives close by with her husband Dan.
Betty was elected to the Town Council on October 27, 2014. As a Councillor Betty chaired Communities in Bloom leading the town to an international Gold medal, co-chaired the UNESCO committee and Voices of Freedom Park committee and was the town representative on the Chamber of Commerce, Niagara Pumphouse, Niagara Region Culture Committee, to name just a few.
On May 4, 2018, she officially registered as a candidate for Lord Mayor of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for the October 2018 municipal election, becoming the first woman to hold the position of Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In her time as Lord Mayor, she has navigated the town through COVID while working with council, town staff, residents and businesses to maintain our cultural, heritage and economic integrity.
Betty has a wealth of experience in municipal politics and in business. In 1985, she became a councillor for the City of Toronto until her retirement in 2003. During her time there, she chaired, the Toronto Harbour Commission, the Toronto Transit Commission, Public Works, Economic Development and many more committees.
In 2003 she developed her own successful business, BOOMER CONSULTING working for the OMERS pension fund and other companies to develop waste, hydro and housing infrastructures.
Betty is a member of the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society, Friends of Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society, Shaw Guild and the Town Ambassador program.
Betty volunteers for numerous organizations in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Betty enjoys her daily walks in town, greeting old friends and making many new ones.