Ashley earned honours degrees in English and Law & Society from York University in 2010. Shortly thereafter, Ashley moved to Halifax to pursue her law degree at the Schulich School of Law. As a law student, Ashley volunteered with ProBono Students Canada, was the Co-Chair of the Student Animal Law Association, and was one of two students who represented Dalhousie at the Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Law Moot in 2014.
Ashley obtained her Juris Doctor in 2014, and began her legal career with a First Nations-side Aboriginal Law firm in Toronto. Ashley was called to the bar in Ontario in 2016. After deciding that she missed the East Coast, Ashley moved back to Halifax with her family in 2017. Prior to joining Burchells, Ashley practiced civil litigation and administrative law with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. Ashley has appeared before the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Family Division. Ashley was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2018.
Of both Indigenous and Settler background, Ashley is particularly interested in legal pluralism, and social and environmental justice. In her spare time, Ashley can be found playing Roller Derby with her teammates the Dockyard Brawlers, cycling, playing guitar, and spending time with her two young children.