Gillian came to Victoria in 2004, after sojourns in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Regina. She graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto and received her teaching qualifications and an M.Ed. from the University of Regina.
Gillian worked as a teacher in Regina and as a teacher and school administrator in Victoria, where she was impressed with the quality of the artsREACH workshops offered at schools. She retired from the school district in 2015 and is currently teaching part-time at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Education.
Her free time is spent travelling as much as possible, especially to Calgary to visit her grandchildren.