After spending eleven years with one foot on Salt Spring and another in the Lower Mainland, Laura and her family moved full time to Salt Spring in 2006. Her children benefited from growing up on Salt Spring. Now Laura dreams of an island where her children can return to raise their children.
Laura is a professional geoscientist who has worked in the environmental field since the 1980s. Here are some of her professional roles:
- President of LPatrick Consulting
- Manager of Environment at Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR)
- Environmental Specialist at BC Hydro
Through her professional work, she has demonstrated her ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and First Nations to find innovative solutions to managing a variety of environmental and community issues.
Here on Salt Spring, Laura has been active with the local Toastmasters club for over 10 years. Laura never turns down an opportunity to volunteer and has enjoyed the many assignments with the public schools, Literacy Society, Centre for Child Honouring, and so many more. As the current Vice Chair of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), Laura is very proud of the recent progress this commission is having towards developing a resilient island economy. She is the CEDC’s lead for monitoring workforce housing. In this role, she conducted a survey of the impacts housing on island employers and co-hosted a roundtable to discuss the impact and identify solutions. She supports the Salt Spring Housing Council and is working with them to find sustainable funding solutions for the organization.
It is through the work of the CEDC that Laura was exposed to how important a role the Islands Trust plays in supporting the islands healthy economy. Laura co-authored the April 18, 2017 Driftwood Viewpoint article “Comprehensive Village Plan Needed”. She also gave a delegation to the Local Trust Committee (LTC) on the need for legalizing cottages, which resulted in the LTC restoring this action as a priority. This past winter, she took Linda Adam’s Land Use Planning on Salt Spring Course. This course provided an excellent overview of the intricacies of island land use planning.