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Marguerite Ford was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and came to British Columbia in 1952. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in biology. She trained as a librarian at the University of Toronto and worked in Vancouver as a Medical Librarian. Ford raised four children.
Before entering politics, Ford served her community in a variety of ways, through membership in the Point Grey Community Resources Board, the General Hospital Board, and The Electors' Action Movement (T.E.A.M.). She was President of the Women's Auxiliary to the Vancouver General Hospital and served as a Trustee of the hospital in 1974.
Ford was president of T.E.A.M. in 1976 when she first contested and won an aldermanic seat. She held her seat on City Council for ten years, until she was defeated in the civic election of 1986. During those years she served variously as Council's representative on the Vancouver Resources Board ,Public Library Board, Heritage Advisory Committee, and the Metropolitan Board of Health. She chaired the Standing Committee on Planning and Development, and the Special Committee for the Disabled, and was active on the Affirmative Action Committee (a full listing of her committee appointments while on Council accompanies the file list). She was also involved with the Dunbar/West Point Grey/Southlands Community Resources Board (later the Point Grey Community Resources Board) and with the Vancouver Resources Board Committee on drug dependency.
After leaving civic politics, Ford was appointed Director of the Alzheimer Society in 1987.