WARD 6 COUNCILLOR
1988-present: Avia has worked with her husband, Bill (third generation Holland Marsh Farmer), to grow their edible horticulture business in the Holland Marsh.
2010-present: Since prior to being elected to represent the Farmers/residents/business owners in Ward 6, Township of King in 2010, Avia has been a vocal advocate for Edible Horticulture, and Agriculture in general. Aside from serving her second term on municipal council, Avia is also actively involved in 8 boards and committees outside of council. She has been appointed, for a second term, to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (York Region) board of directors; is interim Chair of the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee; is a member (York Region) on the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance; York Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group; King Tourism Committee; King Sustainability Advisory Committee; is one of four Ontario board members on the national CanAgPlus fruit and vegetable food safety board; and is the King Township representative on the organizing committee for the Run/Walk for Southlake. Avia is a current member of the Arts Society King; King Chamber of Commerce; Business Women's Network of York Region; Equal Voice (Toronto); Holland Marsh Growers Association; and Catholic Women's League
1982-1993: Avia was employed as a Legal Secretary for a prestigious law firm in Aurora, Ontario until her and husband, Bill, started a family at which time she became a stay-at-home Mom, and assumed more responsibilities with respect to running the family farm.
1981-1982: Avia attended Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (King Campus) for a one-year course and obtained her Legal Secretary Certificate.
Avia, Bill and their two adult children continue to be involved in a variety of charitable organizations, and farm organizations. They reside in the Holland Marsh (Ward 6) in the house that was originally built by Bill's parents in 1951.