As a change agent, Laura LaChance couples a strong, diligent voice with robust passion to spur changes for a diverse range of youth in Ontario and beyond. Laura seeks to share the social justice messages of meaningful inclusive education and employment, their importance, and the deep meaning they hold for students, families, and communities.


Through attending meetings, liaising with community members, and remaining involved with local, provincial and national leadership committees and organizations, Laura has proved herself a high achiever. A member of multiple executive and education advisory committees, Laura thumbprints initiatives in program development and inclusion in Ontario schools. She maintains a strong grasp of legislative procedures and education sector knowledge, while initiating and facilitating projects to raise awareness and incite action leading to meaningful employment for youth with disabilities. Laura has a particular interest in visioning processes and team building.


Furthermore, as a practicing Dental Hygienist for over 30 years, Laura has applied her talents in public speaking, outreach, and advocacy to enhance oral and public health initiatives surrounding youth and adults with special needs. Previously worked at a Dentist Office in Collingwood for many years. As a business owner with an inspiring track record of community involvement, Laura continues to seek out opportunities to mentor while promoting advances in oral health.


Not-for-profit Experience

Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Chair Board of Directors, Executive Committee, 2016–Present

The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay, Social Innovation Collaborative, 2015-Present

Clearview Community Theatre, Board of Directors, 2014- Present

Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education representing students with developmental disabilities, 2013–Present

Community Living Ontario, Education Working Group and Administrative Social Justice Network, 2013–Present

Canadian Down Syndrome Society, National Affiliate Council, 2012-Present

Georgian College, Chair, Advisory Committee, Community Integration through Co-Operative Education Program, (CICE) 2011–2015

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) representing the Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County, 2000–2014

Special Olympic Alpine Coach, Blue Mountain Alpine Team, 1999-2011 Collingwood Collegiate, School Council Chair, Assistant and Chaperone Music Department, 2002–2013

Admiral Collingwood, School Council Chair, volunteer, Safe Arrival, 2003-2009

Mountain View Elementary, School Council Chair, volunteer, Safe Arrival 1994-2002

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