Laura was raised on a farm in a small rural town in Ontario, Canada. Her summer days were spent as a farm-kid milking cows, herding cattle, and working in the fields. She loves her family. Her Dad will tell you she is a skilled musician and is the best combine driver in the family. Her brother will tell you that Laura and her sister have no trouble keeping up with the boys when it comes to mowing hay. Her sister will tell you that they are insanely competitive—many an adventure started with a dare or competition. Her Mom will tell you that Laura is the family organizer, analyst, and lover of all things creative. Her heart was dramatically changed when she came to understand the gospel in the fall of 2004 while attending University in Southern California. She is passionate about sharing Jesus with others so they too can experience the joy of being loved by and walking with Him.
After travelling to Uganda for the first time in the summer of 2005 Laura returned many times. She’s never been able to figure out exactly what she wants to be when she “grows up”, but so far she has loved every life chapter and knows that God is weaving all the details together—preparing her for the next thing and making it into something beautiful. She is thankful God allows her to have a part in the bigger story of His kingdom.
For three years Laura worked as Assistant to the General Counsel for various International US based non-profits. Then she went off to University and after graduation, Laura took a job managing a Starbucks where she solidified her love for strong coffee. Following this Laura stepped into a career (fuelled by strong coffee!) working as a political policy assistant for almost 5 years on the Hill in Canadian politics. While she loved her career in politics, in 2013 God led Laura to move to a rural village in Uganda helping establish the activities of a young organization. Four years ago God challenged Laura to leave her "comfort" zone of the Uganda she knew and loved, and move to a remote area in the Rwenzori Mountains just 4 kms from the Congo.
She loves and serves the people of this region and has a desire to see them come to know and thrive in the gospel and love of Jesus. Her work is primarily focused on youth & children's outreach through various avenues—literacy outreach, a children's library, and Bible clubs.
Life is an adventure, how does one go from farm-girl, to Assistant to the General Counsel for US based non-profits, to federal policy and politics, to living in the African bush loving, educating & developing vulnerable youth? There isn't an answer, but Laura is convinced that Jesus is the answer to every question. Laura has a B.A. in Political Science
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Laura's Alma Mater profiled her & her work in their Alumni Magazine-See it HERE (pg 22-23)