Liz was born and raised in Austin, Manitoba and grew up with her four brothers and spent time on her grandparents' grain and cattle farm helping with their livestock and horses.
She left home at age 17 and moved to Winnipeg where she received her Registered Nurse diploma from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation Liz worked in a variety of positions at the Health Sciences Centre gaining experience in orthopaedics, urology, dialysis, dental surgery and medicine. Liz also holds a bachelor's degree in political studies and psychology from the University of Manitoba and for the past several years Liz has been and continues to work on the front lines in inpatient mental health.
Liz has been an active member with her nurses' union local. She presently represents the mental health nurses on the executive and sits on the local bargaining committee. She has held various other positions including as secretary and treasurer of her union local. Liz presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Nurses Union. Liz served for 13 years on the St Boniface Workplace Safety & Health Committee representing nurses.
Liz strongly believes that the workplace must be safe for all workers and patients. Liz will continue to be a strong advocate for healthcare and mental health services in Manitoba, standing up against Brian Pallister's cuts that are hurting families throughout the province.