Erika was born in Washington, DC and moved to Canada when she was very young. After growing up in Port Alberni, Erika moved to Victoria BC and attend Camosun College a graduated with a Diploma in Criminal Justice.
Erika and her soon to be husband, Douglas Ponsford moved from Victoria to Toronto for better employment opportunities. For the past 30 years Erika has been fund raising for many non-profit organizations in Canada and the United States.
Erika worked with one of the largest fund raising consulting firms in North America in Toronto Ontario where she was the Associate Director of Research and Information Management for Ketchum Canada Inc. and Associate Director of Research for the Rockefeller University in New York City.
In 2002, Erika and her husband Doug moved to Salt Spring Island, BC from NYC after the birth of their daughter Kate to be closer to their families. Shortly after moving to SSI, Erika and her husband ran a Bed and Breakfast called The Hale Eddy B&B. They no longer run the B&B. Currently Erika is the Program Coordinator for the Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association and a part time consultant for several non-profit organizations including Action for God’s Love.