Hilary graduated as a physiotherapist in London, England. She emigrated to Canada in 1970. She has resided at Summit Lake since 1974, where she and her husband built their own log house on the lake. Hilary worked for 30 years at the Prince George Hospital. After retiring from there she has worked as a paediatric physiotherapist in rural communities such as Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Fort St James. She also did some teaching in Fort Babine.
In 1994, Hilary took a year's leave of absence from the hospital to volunteer as a physiotherapy trainer in South India. In 1996 she set up Samuha Overseas Development Association in Prince George to support this work. In 2000 they received charitable status. They have initiated an Early Intervention Centre for children under 6 years with disability. They have also built a spinal cord injury unit which provides rehabilitation therapy for up to 15 clients for 3 month residential therapy. She has been returning there annually ever since, to continue this work and since 2002, she has been taking Canadian Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students for 6 week practicums as part of their training. In 2013 Hilary received the Enid Graham Award, the highest award given by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Hilary enjoys writing and wrote the Outdoors Column for the Prince George Citizen for several years. She has also written for Northword Magazine and is currently writing a book on her experiences in India.
Hilary is an avid skier, hiker, kayaker, curler and gardener. She is a great advocate for fitness and healthy eating to be the best way to ensure good health. Hilary and her husband grow all their own fruit and vegetables without the use of any herbicides or fertilisers. Digging the garden and shovelling rooves serve as their local gym.