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The Ottawa Riverkeeper
A swimmable, drinkable, fishable Ottawa River watershed.
Laura is a community organizer and changemaker, focused on delivering positive environmental and social change. She holds a Magisteriate in Environmental Studies from York University where she specialized in environmental education and community arts. She has worked in gardens, galleries, and along river banks to connect people with a strong sense of place.
An adept non-profit leader, Laura founded Toronto’s Not Far From The Tree, an award-winning charitable initiative to pick fruit growing in backyards and transform it into a shared public good. While at the helm of Food For All New Brunswick, she built a robust network to activate and amplify food security.
Laura lives near the Ottawa River in Orléans with her partner and their two children. Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, Laura grew up very connected to water: canoeing on the lake in her backyard, swimming on the beaches of the Northumberland Strait, and mud-sliding on the Bay of Fundy mudflats. She speaks four languages and loves to cross-country ski.
Learn more about the Ottawa Riverkeeper on this comprehensive website