Laurel currently resides on the traditional, unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh peoples, otherwise known as Prince George, BC. As a Registered Dietitian with 7 years experience working in food security, she understands the positive impact that equitable, healthy, and productive food systems have on the overall health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations. Laurel has worked in a variety of geographical regions with groups across the lifecycle, within BC and internationally, to support community and regional food systems development, for the aim of optimizing health.
Her work is grounded in health equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Laurel has extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of intersectional determinants of health, structural inequity, and their impacts on health. She co-created Northern Health’s first anti-racism community of practice, sits on a strategic working group that seeks to provide fair access to services for the most marginalized in northern BC communities, and is an active board member of the Prince George New Hope Society. She is supporting the York Region Food Security Network project by providing content expertise in food security, as well as supporting the literature review, data interpretation, and stakeholder/community engagement.