Susan was elected in 2011 as the federal Member of Parliament for London North Centre. She was honoured to be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women on two occasions by the Prime Minister. In that capacity, Susan served as a spokesperson for the media on several government issues both on TV panels and on radio as well as made funding announcements for Status of Women and on behalf of other Ministers.
Susan worked tirelessly on issues affecting women and girls, advocating the funding of many local organizations including infrastructure, arts, festivals, research, small business and multicultural groups. She also hosted many round table discussions in London and across Canada from topics on violence against women and girls, budgets and immigration to trade, infrastructure and Maternal Child Health Care, just to name a few.
She understands business, employment, balancing a budget and making tough decisions. Prior to being elected, Susan was Director of Sales and Marketing for 16 years at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre and was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the hotel during that time. Utilizing her strong leadership skills, she was responsible for sales and marketing, training staff on brand awareness and new campaigns, communications, budgets and day to day operations of the hotel. In addition, Susan initiated many fundraising activities that benefited local organizations. The most successful events were the “Think Pink” catering package with proceeds going to breast cancer research and” Pick a Pie for Charity”. Hundreds and hundreds of pies were sold at Thanksgiving time with proceeds going to 2 different charities every year.
Susan is currently the Vice President of Executive Accommodations, a family business for over 20 years. She oversees the operations aspect of a fully furnished short-term stay condo business.
Susan has been an active member of our community and a London resident for almost 40 years and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community service over the years.
She currently serves as a Director on St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation Board.
Susan and her husband Walter have one child (Walter Jr) who are both actively involved in politics.