Laura came to environmental communications in a roundabout way. After graduating from University of Victoria in Environmental Studies and Political Science she was cynical and depressed about the state of the world. After a brief, unfulfilling stint working in government, she decided to enter the equally difficult world of film.
Years as a producer of and actor in independent films gave Laura a bevy of skills that would later serve her upon returning to the world of environmental battles: project management, multimedia communications, on-camera experience, and of course smiling in the face of adversity. After several years of independent film work, Laura discovered that her desire to make positive environmental change in the world hadn’t gone away and cynicism wasn’t an effective solution for the challenges that the earth is facing.
Laura returned to school to complete a Masters in Professional communication at Royal Roads university, focusing her research on climate change communication and documentary film. She graduated with distinction in 2015. After working on the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot campaign, Laura moved to Victoria and accepted a position with Sierra Club BC. Her cynicism has been mostly cured and she’s delighted every day to be working alongside people who believe that a better world is possible.
Laura is on maternity leave until the summer of 2017. For communications inquiries, contact Kat Zimmer.