Judy taught high school for eight years in Winnipeg. After moving to British Columbia, she worked at BCIT in adult upgrading and then was employed by the Ministry of Health as the teacher at Riverview Hospital and the Forensic Psychiatric Institute working with the patients. Because of her resulting interest in mental health issues, she worked at the Canadian Mental Health Association, training mental health workers. She was then hired by the Vancouver School Board in the special education department. While there, she volunteered with CMHA as chair of the Legal Issues Committee and, with the president of CMHA national office, presented to the parliamentary committee (Justice) in Ottawa on revision of the mentally disordered provisions of the criminal code. She joined the CLAS board in 1990 as a mental health and poverty advocate.