Lauren Ettin (Vice President):

Lauren’s professional career has spanned the public, private and not-for-profit sectors with a focus on health care, education and social services. She has specialized in developing policy and strategy for marginalized and disadvantaged populations to improve access to programs and services. She is currently Director of Policy with a healthcare association which represents the province’s academic hospitals. Lauren is also an active community volunteer and has been involved with the Red Cross, Out of the Cold, Daytripper's and PACE Independent Living. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and a BSc in Life Sciences and Biology from Queen's University.

Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.