Ashton began facilitating family programs and workshops at the Dartmouth Family Centre in 2007. Her background is in Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, and Graphic Facilitation. Ashton believes that creativity is a powerful tool that can be used to facilitate learning and cultivate good work. She draws on her creativity and her graphic skills to capture and present ideas that flow out of workshops, meetings, seminars and conferences. As an artist, she experiments with felting, painting, and mixed media; as a musician, she plays acoustic and bass guitar, mandolin, and piano.
Ashton’s passion for the arts community led her to found Afterglow in 2012, a vibrant arts festival celebrating community and creativity in Bridgewater and surrounding areas, which she continues to curate. She volunteers with many local community organizations, including Second Story Women’s Centre, for which she serves as a board member; Art Happening Bridgewater; formally with the Bridgewater Community Christmas; and has been twice overseas to Kenya,
where she built a library for a remote school and continues to help establish a community farm for women and children.
Ashton was born and raised in Lunenburg County, Canada and now lives in Upper Northfield with her husband, daughter Fern and son Aseph.