Kelly received a Legal Secretarial Certificate from Shaw College in 1980. After graduation she was at a small law firm in Toronto for a few years, prior to joining York University where she was for over 30 years holding various positions within the Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel.
Kelly grew up in the Schomberg area, and settled with her husband in New Tecumseth to raise their three children. When her children were young, she could be found cheering them on at a hockey arena or soccer pitch. Kelly spent many years volunteering with the local go-kart clubs, as her children raced competitively throughout Ontario, Quebec, Florida and Indiana for over 20 years. Her son even had the opportunity to race in Brazil.
Kelly played ball hockey and indoor soccer until retiring from the sports a few years ago. She is now learning to golf. She loves spending time with her children and their families.