Laurie’s roots in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock go deep. She was born and raised in Kinmount and attended local schools, building strong ties to the community. Laurie’s father Bill proudly represented local families as their Member of Parliament for 28 years, and Laurie credits her father for having instilled in her a strong commitment to public service and the importance of giving back to your community.
After graduating from Loyalist College, Laurie worked as a Registered Nurse, including at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. During this time, Laurie also became increasingly active in her community through volunteer work and has remained a Director on the Kinmount Fair Board.
In 2003, Laurie chose to follow in her father’s footsteps and seek election as her community’s next MPP. Laurie was successful in her election bid, becoming only one of two new Ontario PC MPPs elected that year. Laurie’s hard work in the community was recognized during her successful re-election campaigns in 2007, 2011 and 2014.
Laurie is a tireless advocate for victims of human sex trafficking in Ontario. She was recognized for her work with the 2017 Champion for Children award by the BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre. She is also passionate about encouraging women to get actively involved in public life.
When she is not working, Laurie enjoys outdoor sports. She is also an animal lover and enjoys riding horses and helping her two teenage nieces in their riding competitions.
The highest honour of her career has been to represent her neighbours as their local MPP and, with your support, she looks forward to continuing in that role.