Born in Brantford, Gladys grew up on a farm with her family just outside of the city.
Gladys started her career as a legal secretary in Brantford but soon found herself in St. Catharines when her husband began a new job in the city. This lead her to find a new calling leading in politics.
Gladys and her husband settled in Vineland to raise their family. She worked as a secretary, where she quickly gained a lot of knowledge and became the Head of Office.
Through involvement with her community, Gladys noticed that Vineland was dealing with a lot of changes, primarily the expansion of Victoria Ave and faulty sewer pipes.
Gladys spoke at local meetings and other attendees suggested she run for office in the next by-election in 1973. She became part of Lincoln Town Council in 1975 and in 1978 became the first female Mayor in the Town of Lincoln.