Born and raised in Nova Scotia into a strong Christian family, faith and church always have been a part of Lori-ann’s life. Lori-ann attended Acadia University for her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology followed by a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She articled with the Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney’s office, and clerked for what is now the Ontario Superior Court. Following a short stint as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto, she practiced union-side labour law with a private Halifax firm, followed by a career with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in both Halifax and Calgary.
Married to Michael for 19 years, they have lived in Alberta for 14 of them. Michael is originally from Cobourg, Ontario, and is a paediatric neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Following the arrival of their son, Luke, in 2007, Lori-ann became a stay-at-home Mom. She has volunteered in Luke’s schools, for community groups and in churches. Her other interests include hiking with their dog, Chopper, amateur photography, swimming, biking, reading, writing, trying various arts and crafts and working on her meditation skills. Her future plans include learning piano and puppeteering.
Lori-ann feels that life isn’t about one trajectory, but following God’s lead, wherever it may go. With that philosophy, she is happy to take on the interim role of Coordinator Growth and Care at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Since first attending St. Andrew’s in January of 2020, she has felt a connection with the people she has met, both online and in person. The world is obviously changing and, as a church, we continue learning how to respond to these changes and discerning what God is leading us to do within our community and our city. Lori believes that St. Andrew’s is physically and spiritually in a place where we can show God’s goodness to others in lots of meaningful, and even exciting, ways. She is looking forward to helping with this process and getting to know more people at St. Andrew’s, including the children and youth of the church. She encourages everyone to consider innovative ways to be involved with Mission, Faith Formation and other ministries to be better “woven into the neighbourhood” and to “grow disciples who love like Jesus.”
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