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 Metis ancestry from her Mother’s side. Laranna’s grandfather, Métis Elder Thomas Taylor was the great-grandson of Ambroise Lepine. Ambroise was appointed Adjutant General to administer justice in the settlement under Louis Riel’s provisional government. So from the beginning of the Red River Rebellion, Ambroise was Louis Riel’s military lieutenant and chief enforcer and today they are buried next to each other in the churchyard of the Saint Boniface Cathedral.
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 Metis 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).
Currently, Laranna wears three hats at BFISS: Aboriginal Early Years Cultural Outreach; Parent Educator and Child Care Lead. Laranna is also an active member of the Boundary All Nations Aboriginal Council, the Boundary Métis Community Association and the Boundary Aboriginal Education Advisory Council, as well as an Executive board member of the SVCCS.