Laura is a 34-year-old small business owner. She has two kids, aged 5 and 7. Currently on leave from her Ph.D. in history, she is working hard to keep her small restaurant afloat during the these challenging times. Laura has spent her life fighting to protect the places we love. Over the past few years, she has grown passionate about getting children out into nature. Every Monday, Laura is joined by a few other parents who take their children outside for ‘forest school’- which was a response to a lack of meaningful opportunities for outside play in our institutions. Providing access to the outdoors for vulnerable children and youth is one area of education policy that she would like to make a difference in.
Laura has been an environmental activist since she was a young child. She was raised in the country where her neighbours have always been farmers, observing their wisdom and also their struggles. Her political engagement began as an undergraduate student where she became involved in environmental advocacy groups because she was deeply concerned about the lack of commitment on behalf of all governments on meeting the Kyoto Protocol targets.
In 2018 Laura ran as a Candidate in her home riding of Dufferin-Caledon and it was one of the most meaningful experiences of her life. While recognizing there is still much work to do, one of the things that she has learned is that to make transformative change, we must devote all of our faculties in life to doing this work. By representing the Green Party, Laura hopes to show others that we must be bold and imaginative in how we go about making these changes. The status quo has failed us. Laura believes that the people in her community and across Ontario deserve better leadership. We need a government that works for the people – in earnest.