WARD 6 COUNCILLOR
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. As the municipal councillor for Ward 6, Avia's focus on council is Agriculture, Environment, and Economic Development. Aside from serving her third term on municipal council, Avia is also actively involved in a number of boards and committees outside of council. She has been appointed, for a third term, to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (York Region) board of directors representing King Township; is a member (York Region) of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance; is a member of the York Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group (York Region); is a member of the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee (Province of Ontario); 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; and Holland Marsh Growers Association.
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).