Marlene has lived in the Barrhaven area since 1999 with her family. Marlene obtained her Certified General Accountant designation in 2002 and the Chartered Professional Accountant designation due to the merger of all three accounting bodies in Ontario. In September 2004 she incorporated her own Barrhaven-based accounting practice – Marlene L. Grant Professional Corporation. Marlene has always been an active volunteer within the area and became the Treasurer for the BBIA in 2010, along with other organizations that she served on in the past such as Barrhaven Business Advantage, Nepean Chamber of Commerce, and the Jamaican Ottawa Community Association to name a few. For ten years Marlene provided free tax seminars to businesses and individuals in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library. In her spare time, she loves to read and work out. She loves a power-walk at the end of a stressful day, but her most favourite thing to do is spend time with her family and especially her grandchildren.