Laura comes to us with 32 years of policing experience with the Ontario Provincial Police. She has held several positions within the OPP and understands and identifies with those diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Injury, Sanctuary Trauma and Moral Injury.
Laura credits her career for providing invaluable lived experience, providing learning opportunities and even hardships which allowed for transformation and personal growth in her own life journey. Laura is a strong believer in building resiliency and expresses gratitude for the hardships within her career which fostered her resiliency skills. Laura has had the opportunity to further her knowledge around resiliency, positive sleep hygiene, and mindfulness by completing courses with Penn State University, NYPD and Oscar Kilo in the UK.
Laura's life journey has provided her with a personal level of understanding in how First Responders deal with work stressors, how we interact with each other, as well as understanding ourselves. Being a witness to these changes fuels her motivation to pay it forward through Badge of Life Canada. She is a benevolent peer support facilitator, active in making our weekly virtual psycho-educational peer sessions a success. As the volunteer co-ordinator, as well as assisting in Event Planning Laura is eager to bring forth her energy and ideas. She is motivated to be a part of a team who believes in lifelong learning and growth.
Laura understands everyone has a story and feels blessed to share a chapter in that story.