Andrea was born in Nova Scotia and, as part of a military family, lived in a number of communities in Canada and Western Europe. She obtained a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University in 1981 and served for several years as a public affairs officer in the Canadian Forces. She earned her Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1988 and thereafter articled with the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1990 Andrea obtained her Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. She practised pensions, trusts and estate law at a national firm in Toronto until 1996.
Andrea moved to the Comox Valley in 1996 and joined Swift Datoo shortly thereafter. Her practice involves general solicitor’s work with an emphasis on estate planning, business law and land development. Andrea has special interests in the use of trusts to assist persons with disabilities and the use of covenants in land conservation efforts.
Andrea has served as president/chair of the Comox Valley Community Foundation and of North Island College Foundation and as a board member of North Island College and the Corps of Commissionaires for Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Yukon. She is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of wills and estate planning and the legal obligations of directors of charitable organizations and not-for-profits.