Lauren believes that her primary relationship is with the Land; she enjoys this relationship through silence and listening, canoeing, snowshoeing, food and medicine gathering, hiking, and in time will rejoin the earth with peace. Her mixed heritage is English and non-status Plains Indigenous.
She is very proud of and enjoys the company of her three adult sons Nicholas, Dylan, Robin and the daughter-of-her-heart, Stevie-Lynn. She lives with her canine companions, rough collies Haley and Sian.
Lauren writes poetry and is learning to create art. When creating, she likes to bring others along for the journey. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry in wellness, spirituality and expressive arts through St. Stephen’s College. Her undergraduate work was in Education at Simon Fraser University and she holds a Master of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership from Vancouver School of Theology.
Her conference presentations and workshops have included Spiritual Storytelling; Therapeutic Arts; Four Quadrants of Wellness; Wellness, Spirituality and the Land; Grief, Loss and Self-Care; Complicated Grief; Julia Cameron’s Artists Way; Worth the Energy! The Effects of Spiritual/Energy Healing Upon Spiritual Health; Opening the Circle: Advocating for and Supporting Greater Indigenous Participation in Spiritual Health/Care; Celebration of the Spirit: Renewal Through Spiritual Health; Spiritual Health in Palliative and End-of-Life Care; Relationship Violence with Elders and Elder Abuse; Smoking Cessation as a Feminist Act; Surviving Your Client’s Crisis; Super-Woman Syndrome; Assertiveness not Aggression; Taming Your Social Worker, The Joy Workshop, Stress Management.
Awards received include the Charles Jago Award for Empathy, Golden Key Society Honorary Membership, Shooting Star Award (Volunteer PG), and recognition from the then-Ministry of Women’s Equality for work with women and their children on Haida Gwaii.
She has worked since her pre-teens in human service spanning over 45 years. She currently works as the Manager of Spiritual Health for the Northern Health Authority, as Part-Time Counsellor (Nechako) for the College of New Caledonia, and is self-employed through Myriad Wares and Services in spiritual services and counselling. She is currently provincial Chair of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care.
To increase her wellness teaching repertoire, Lauren’s next goal is to become a yoga instructor in August 2019.