Davies emigrated from England in 1968 at the age of 15. Five years later she took her first steps into grassroots activism. That grew into a lot of boots-on-the-ground work alongside her activist partner and former city councillor Bruce Eriksen and others. Making change and righting wrongs was the fuel that kept Davies and her compatriots — or comrades, depending on your politics — marching, protesting and putting pressure on politicians. Then Davies herself became a politician.