Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Tanya moved to Ignace with her family when she was 2 years old. Growing up in Ignace, she enjoyed the outdoors and in high school, became interested in science. After graduating from Ignace School in 1992, Tanya earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and a Diploma in Biotechnology from Canadore College in North Bay. In 1998, Tanya and her husband Jeff moved to Toronto as a result of her being offered a student internship at GlaxoWellcome, a large research based pharmaceutical company, now known as GlaxoSmithKline. Tanya held roles of increasing responsibility in Regulatory Affairs from 1998 to 2014, and was the Director of External Affairs, covering Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC from 2014-2017.
After having four children, Tanya and Jeff decided to move back to Ignace in 2018, and purchased the Lone Pine Motel, where Tanya continues to work for GSK remotely.
Tanya volunteers her time as the Event Coordinator for the Ignace Otters Snowmobile Club, and sits on the Ignace School Parent Council. She was a member of the Trillium Health Partners Patient and Family Advisory Council for Mental Health in Mississauga, and was recently invited to be part of the Ontario Health’s Patient, Family and Public Advisors Network.
“It is great to be home! I’m honoured to be a part of the Board. My own mental health struggles have opened my eyes to the challenges that exist across the range of mental health care service delivery as a participant of in-patient, out-patient, and community oriented care programs. As a proud mental health advocate, I’m doing my best to contribute to improving mental health services in a meaningful way.”