Ashley is a dedicated advocate for workers’ rights and equality. Her passion for law began in her grade 11 law class when she learned that the “rule of thumb” allowed husbands to legally strike their wives and children with a rod no wider than their thumb. In that moment, Ashley realized the power of the law and felt an inner drive to help make society fairer and more equal through a legal career.
In her journey to become a lawyer, Ashley explored various social justice avenues. She began by earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Honours Degree with distinction from the University of Guelph in 2015. Ashley majored in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, and minored in Philosophy, with advanced studies in Sociology.
During her time at the University of Guelph, Ashley contributed to the Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses’ (OAITH) mission to end gender-based violence and oppression by working with colleagues to conduct a meta-analysis of Femicide research, which was used by OAITH to improve their services.
As a law student, Ashley helped sexual minority refugees escape from persecution in their countries of origin as a volunteer for Capital Rainbow Refuge.
Ashley now channels her passion to provide a voice to those who experience an imbalance of power by practicing law in the areas of Labour, Employment and Human Rights.
Ashley began as a Summer Student at Morrison Watts in 2019, graduated from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 2020, advanced to the Articling Student position at Morrison Watts in 2020, and was called to the Bar 2021.
At Morrison Watts, she has gained experience serving diverse clientele. From health care workers to a variety of government employees, Ashley has helped employees achieve favourable results with claims under the Ontario Human Rights Act, Ontario Labour Relations Act, the Canada Labour Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, and more.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking and kayaking, playing rugby, and competing in obstacle course races.