She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1982 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and has been an active member of the Calgary-Mackay community for more than 30 years.
Prior to her election to the Legislature, Woo-Paw was employed as a private consultant providing diversity training, program facilitation and instruction. Throughout her career, she has worked for the Calgary Health Region, Cultural Diversity Institute, United Way of Calgary, the Canadian Red Cross, Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Immigrant Women"s Association and the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society. She has also founded six organizations, and served with several others
Amongst them are:
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Alberta Wild Rose Foundation
Society for Cultural And Multicultural Programs
Calgary Chinese Community Service Association (founding member)
Southern Alberta Asian Heritage Foundation (founding member)
Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (founding Company-Chair)
Woo-Paw first sought public office in 1995 for the position of Public School Board Trustee for Wards 3 and 4 with the Calgary Board of Education (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), of which she was also the Chair.
In that election, she received 48% of the vote.
She ran for the position of Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the first time in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Mackay. Woo-Paw currently serves as deputy-chair of the Standing Committee on Private Bills as well as a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Public Safety and Services, the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Services, and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.