Bonnie came to New Zealand from Canada in 1975. She has an MA from the University of Alberta. In Palmerston North she did graduate teaching training at the then College of Education and also taught primary. She ran the Education Clinic for children and adults at Massey University before being appointed to the inaugural position of Academic Student Support at the then Manawatu Polytechnic.
Bonnie was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Academic in 2007.
She describes herself as committed to student success and everything that contributes to that.