Laura has dedicated her personal and professional life to public service. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, to parents who were actively engaged in the community, she sought out a career path and volunteer opportunities that would allow her to positively impact the lives of others.
She served as the President of the Blackburn Community Association for eight years, and was active on the board for 10 years. In that time, she chaired multiple volunteer boards, organized large-scale events, raised funds for local causes, and organized many public consultations.
In her volunteer capacity, Laura worked to build strong relationships with Orléans’ community associations and groups, collaborating with them to get results on issues that are important to east-end residents. She has been a member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and an active supporter of the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association.
Professionally, Laura was a City of Ottawa employee for eight years (from 2010 to 2018), providing strategic communications on a wide variety of projects, including ones that directly benefited Innes Ward and Orléans. Prior to that, Laura worked as a journalist for eight years writing for several daily newspapers, including the Ottawa Sun, the Stratford Beacon Herald and the Cambridge Reporter.
Laura has also been active in the community as:
- Chair of the Harvest Moon 2017 celebration in Barrington Park held in partnership with seven east-end community associations
- A member of the Orléans Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion
- A member of the Good Shepherd School’s Parent Council and a Girl Guide leader
As a community advocate, Laura has:
- Organized a community Accessibility Audit in 2017, in partnership with the Ottawa Council on Aging, to ensure local infrastructure meets the needs of seniors and people with mobility issues
- Chaired Blackburn Hamlet’s Beautification Committee, where she successfully obtained funding for new public infrastructure and spearheaded the beautification project for the community’s main intersection in partnership with local businesses
- Served as a member of the stakeholder working group, advocating for an extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard that would reroute traffic out of Bradley Estates
- Cancer Chase Chair in 2015, a fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation
- Led a graffiti eradication project that engaged youth
Laura is a proud Innes Ward resident, who has lived with her husband and three children in Blackburn Hamlet since 2006.