Erin has been a resident of Waterloo Region since 1994 when she moved to Cambridge at the age of 17. She completed her final year of high school at Galt Collegiate Institute, then moved on to the University of Waterloo. After obtaining a BSc. in Environmental Science, she continued to live in Kitchener/Waterloo and work in a drinking water treatment research lab at UW. After several years in the academic environment, she left the University for a short stint at an independent research & development company before leaving the "day job" behind to pursue self-employment as a stained glass artist.