Born and raised just outside of Barrie Ontario, Laara found a new home in Thunder Bay while entering her first year at Lakehead in 2006. Originally in the Con-Ed program, Laara transitioned to part-time studies while working at a local charity office providing her the opportunity to serve and explore the beautiful communities of Northwestern Ontario before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2013.
Laara is a professional fundraiser and volunteer coordinator with over 15 years’ experience in the charitable sector. A former staff member of the Lakehead University External Relations team and a Thunderwolf through and through, Laara looks back fondly on her time living, studying and working on the Thunder Bay campus.
A firm believer in the power of creativity and community, Laara enjoys music, art, and travel. A champion of youth engagement and volunteerism, Laara enthusiastically cultivates the interests of students and fellow alum. In working with communities across Ontario, she has seen how community connection can open the door to vital skills as well as cultivate a generation of benevolent, socially conscious, and innovative change makers. She is a proud Lakehead graduate and excited to strengthen alumni relationships and to share the exceptional and unconventional experiences with current and future alum.