Pamela Appelt was born in St. Mary, Jamaica, and attended high school and college at West Indies College in Mandeville, Manchester. She studied Microbiology and Biochemistry in London, England and came to Canada in 1966, where she worked as a researcher in medical biochemistry at McGill University for several years. She is a former member of the Board of United Way of Greater Toronto, the Community Foundation of Oakville, and the Healthy Community Funders of Halton, and advisor to the President of Northern Caribbean University. She is a patron for PACE (project for advancement of childhood education) In Jamaica and Canada, the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic development, and the Harmony Movement of Canada. A founding member of the Black-Jewish dialogue of B’Nai Brith Canada, a member of the Board of the Yee Hong Geriatric Centre in Scarborough, Ontario and a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Public Policy and Religion in Washington, D C. Pamela Appelt is also an accomplished artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Jamaica and Canada .She is also a former food editor of Excellence Magazine. In 1987, she was the first female Afro-Canadian to serve as a judge of the Court of Canadian Citizenship. She served in this capacity for eleven years, after which, she retired to pursue other interests.