Gillian is from Toronto, Canada, and moved to New Zealand in 2008. She has a BA in Literature from the University of Toronto and an advanced diploma from George Brown College Ontario.
Gillian has been working as an administration manager for a construction and design company and as a studio manager for a tattoo studio, prior to which she was an administrator for Wellington City Council.
With a New Zealand family of Tongan/Samoan descent, including three teenage daughters, Gillian has immersed herself in the Pacific community and is now embarking on learning more about te ao Māori.
Gillian is fluent in American Sign Language and is learning New Zealand Sign Language.