I served the residents of Surrey North as their elected representative to the HOUSE OF COMMONS, from October 14, 2008 through May 2, 2011.
I was born into a Canadian military family in Chilliwack, BC. In addition to residing in Germany, I lived on eleven different Canadian bases from coast to coast during my first 18 years. Living in so many different areas of our country has given me a deep appreciation for Canada's rich and diverse nature. I married Chuck Cadman (1948 - 2005) in 1969 and we had two children; a daughter Jodi, born in 1973 and a son, Jesse (1976 - 1992). In 1992, Jesse was murdered in a random act of violence, by a group of young offenders. We managed with great difficulty, to turn our personal tragedy in a positive direction.
In 1993, myself, my late husband Chuck and a small group of friends, founded CRY (Crime Responsibility and Youth). CRY was dedicated to strengthening the Federal Justice system and helping youth at risk, in the hopes of preventing future senseless acts of violence. CRY organized a nationwide petition of 500,000 signatures, resulting in important amendments to the Young Offender's Act. I ran my own Daycare and worked for Canada Post while helping launch Chuck's political career. We became strong advocates for Victim's Rights. Chuck became a Member of Parliament (1997-2005) in order to take our struggle to the next level. I remained active in victims' rights organizations and criminal justice reform groups.
I like to be connected to my community. I've been a member of Surrey Mayor's Crime Task Force and the Victim's Advisory Council to Correctional Services Canada/National Parole Board-Pacific Region, The Newton Advocacy Group Society, a Director on the Board of Surrey North Conservative Association and a staunch supporter of SOS Children's Village of BC, Covenant House, Surrey North Lions Club, plus other service organizations and charities.
During the last couple of years, I've been honoured to give talks on Victim's Rights and Restorative Justice, to both front line Law Enforcement and Correctional Services providers, coast to coast.