Leslee was born and raised in Waterloo, with deep family roots in the settlement of Waterloo Region.
Leslee became interested in the arts at a young age, attending art classes at the fledgling K-W Art Gallery of which her mother was a founding member. One of Waterloo Regions most famous artists, Peter Etril Snyder, was her painting instructor for many years.
As a young woman, Leslee went on to study Interior Design, working in the fine Interiors industry and buying her first original piece of art at age 25 while on holiday in Cornwall UK.
With her creativity, business acumen and entrepreneurial skills she found her niche in the building industry as an acclaimed, Award Winning merchandiser of model homes (WRHB, LHB, OHBA, GHB, CHB ) for some of Ontario’s largest and most successful builders such as Reid’s Heritage Homes, Freure Homes, Westberry Homes, Monarch Corp, Empire Communities, Z Group, Graystone Developments, Cityview Homes and many, many more.
As Lead Designer these builders trusted Leslee with the management of large budgets, and the design and specifications of their product in multi-million-dollar developments, subsequently achieving record setting sales and influencing the architecture for future generations of many of Ontario’s most populated communities including Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Burlington, Brantford and London.
During this time Leslee also became known as an expert in the field with regular speaking engagements, teaching , consulting and authoring columns in OHBA Magazine, Builder Architect Magazine, K-W Record newspaper, and quoted in The Globe + Mail and The Star articles.
After 31 years Leslee began instructing young designers at a respected Ontario college, managing the program and using her people and project management skills, grew it from 40 to 120 students with 13 instructors.
Today, with a home and studio in Bayfield Ontario , Leslee has returned to her painting roots, attending classes in many art centres throughout North America, becoming friends with and owning art from many artists.
Leslee is a member of the Federation Of Canadian Artists, sits on the Heritage Committee for the City of Waterloo and is a Founding member and President of the Bayfield Artist Guild.
She is the inspiration behind and President of Bayfield Centre For The Arts in Bayfield Ontario.