Debra obtained her B.A. from McMaster University in 1986. Between 1986 and 1989 she worked at various positions in the community which included Recreation Program Coordinator and Assistant for Hamilton Wentworth Housing Authority; Residential Counselor for the Mentally Challenged; Respite Provider; Child Care Worker for Local Shelter in Hamilton to name a few. She attended the University of Windsor from 1989 to 1992 where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws. Debra was called to the bar of Ontario in 1994.
Debra in the past sat on various Boards; volunteered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Elizabeth Fry Society. More recently she is a proud member of the Family Law Committee.