Ancilla retired from a long career in the Nursing Profession in 2016. The last 10 years were spent as the Charge Nurse of the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre serving all of Halton.
Ancilla graduated from nursing school in Warwickshire, England, before emigrating to Canada and settling in Burlington where she found employment at the local Hospital.
Ancilla was involved with the Ontario Nurses Association for approximately 20 years as well as having been active in local union leadership positions where she joined others in advocating for better pay and working conditions for nurses.
Volunteering has always been very important to Ancilla, an opportunity that she feels affects change. She was involved at the inception of the Burlington Inclusivity Advisory Committee, the Halton Non-Profit Network, the Halton Newcomer Strategy and is currently volunteering with the following groups:
- Advancement of Women Halton (AWH)
- Halton Equity & Diversity Round Table (HEDR)
- Board member at Community Development Halton (CDH)
- Burlington Caribbean Connection (BCC)
- Board member of the North Burlington Baptist Church (NBBC)
- 2019 Award from the Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers of Ontario for community involvement – nominated by the Halton Regional Police Service.
- 2017 Sesquicentennial Award for community service -nominated by the current MP of Burlington.
- 2013 John C. Holland award for bringing black history events to Burlington.
- 2012 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship; Burlington Citizen of the year; Diamond Jubilee medal – nominated by MP of Burlington
Ancilla is married with a daughter and two wonderful adult grandchildren.