Joanna grew up in the Cowichan Valley, with both parents as public school teachers, so naturally the NDP has always been the party of choice. In 2004 she joined the Jean Crowder team, and since then has volunteered on many local provincial and federal campaigns. Most recently Joanna has served on the Federal Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP executive as member-at-large, Vice President and now President.

She is a proud union member and holds an elected Local Chair position within her Union, the BCGEU. Joanna works as an Adult Basic Education Instructor at Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan Campus.