Coming from the rural Southern Interior of BC, Laranna is an ambitious, resourceful and enthusiastic Métis professional who has always had a passion for research, advocacy and helping others. Laranna is the proud mother of her daughter Trinity and a firm believer in the power of early intervention.
Laranna has Russian ancestry from her Father’s side and Danish and Métis ancestry from her Mother’s side. Laranna’s grandfather, Métis Elder Thomas Taylor was the great-grandson of Ambroise Lepine. Ambroise was one of Louis Riel's right-hand men, appointed Adjutant General to administer justice in the settlement under Louis Riel’s provisional government during the Red River Rebellion.
It was her grandfather, Thomas Taylor that encouraged Laranna to embrace her Aboriginal roots while still in high school. Laranna acted as the Youth Representative for both the Boundary Métis Community Association as well as for the Boundary Aboriginal Education Advisory Council. She started her career in the helping field during this time as a summer student for two years at Boundary Family and Individual Services Society (BFISS) co-facilitating a summer art and drama program for Aboriginal children and youth.
After graduating from the College of the Rockies in 2001 with a certificate in Early Childhood Education, Laranna continued her post-secondary studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, completing diplomas in Special Needs Education and Infant-Toddler Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care.
Laranna has worked on and off-reserve with Aboriginal children, youth and families in a variety of settings throughout the years. From working at an on-reserve Head Start program to providing outreach to young parents to Youth Probation and Corrections and eventually Aboriginal Family Support.
Coming full circle, Laranna returned to her hometown of Grand Forks in 2008 and helped to launch a new Infant Toddler program with the Sunshine Valley Child Care Society (SVCCS). She was also the Regional Aboriginal Engagement and Early Years Cultural Outreach Coordinator as well as the Aboriginal Infant & Supported Child Development Consultant for the Boundary through the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society. Laranna is an active member of the Boundary Métis Community Association, a partner to the Boundary All Nations Aboriginal Council, and participates on the Boundary Indigenous Education Advisory Council. Currently, Laranna is the Program Manager for the new COINS Aboriginal Head Start Centre in Grand Forks.
Laranna shares her “Ecological Model of Support” that she created for her daughter through her workshop “The Power of Early Intervention.” This model was then adapted to create the Aboriginal Supported Child Development “Child’s Circle of Support” which provides the frame work for the new ASCD 2017 Provincial Practice Guidelines. Laranna was the parent representative on and dedicated member of the ASCD Provincial Policy working group.
Laranna was awarded the BCACCS Aboriginal Child Care Recognition Award in 2017, which honours Early Childhood Educators acting as exceptional role models.