Laranna Scott lives with gratitude on the shared traditional territory known as the Boundary, where she honours and acknowledges all the Indigenous peoples and ancestors who lived there and cared for the lands in Grand Forks, BC. Laranna has Danish and Métis ancestry from her mother’s side and Russian ancestry from her father’s side. Laranna’s grandfather, Métis Elder Thomas Taylor, was a direct descendent of Ambroise Lepine, and the one to encourage Laranna to embrace her Métis roots while she was still in high school when he helped to form the Boundary Metis Community Association. As a result, Laranna acted as the first Youth Representative for both the Boundary Métis Community Association as well as for the Boundary Indigenous Education Advisory Council.
Laranna holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the College of the Rockies and diplomas in Special Needs Education and Infant-Toddler Education, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of the Fraser Valley. She is the proud mother of her daughter Trinity and a firm advocate for and believer in the power of early intervention. In 2017, Laranna was awarded the BCACCS Aboriginal Child Care Recognition Award, which honours Early Childhood Educators acting as exceptional role models.
Laranna has been a part of the ASC at HELP since the Fall of 2014 because of her passion to support the health and well-being of children and families across the province. She believes that children are a gift from Creator and shares in HELP’s vision of “all children thriving in healthy societies.” Laranna has worked in a variety of capacities for nearly 25 years in the child and youth care field and helped establish an Aboriginal Head Start Child Care program in the Boundary. She was also the Early Learning and Child Care Engagement Manager for Métis Nation BC’s Ministry of Education.
In Laranna’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, friends, Elders and extended family. She also loves travelling and being out in nature hiking, mountain biking, and scuba diving. Since 2019, Laranna has been a volunteer Resource Parent with the Family Support Institute of BC and now works with FSI as their Indigenous Practice Advisor.