Deborah holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Victoria where she teaches on occasion in the Department of Psychology. She was with the BC Government for 18 years spending most of her career in the area of science and technology, with some seven years as an Assistant Deputy Minister. She finished her final assignment with the Provincial Government in 2000.
Deborah's volunteer work includes strategic planning with non-profit organizations, and extensive board and committee work. She has been a member of Pacifica Housing's board of directors since 2005 and also currently volunteers with the Victoria Hospice Society. Deborah is married and has one adult son living and working in San Francisco.