Gertrude was born and grew up in Toronto, surrounded by family and friends who were deeply involved in local black community issues. She had listened intently as the fledgling Jamaican Canadian Association began with planning sessions in her family’s living room.
Gertrude later made her own contributions to community work as a member of the Urban Alliance On Race Relations and with the Parents Of Black Children organizations. Eight years with the Ministry of Education broadened her understanding of political issues, especially during her time as administrative secretary to its Deputy Minister. For the last 30 years, Gertrude has lived in Simcoe County. She looks forward to bringing her years of experience to support the work of Making Change.