Laureen’s life was one of faith ministries; joining when she needed help and giving back when she was able. Laureen’s journey with God began in earnest when she joined the St. Anne’s Mother’s Group. They welcomed her through companionship (that turned into lifelong friendships) and helped in developing her relationship with our Lord. Even though her children are now grown, Laureen continued to be a part of SAMG up to the time of her illness.
The next step on her journey was when her entire family became a part of the program at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). During and after the program, Laureen, through the help of her sponsor, completed the 12 steps of Al Anon and learned to “let go and let God”. When she was able, she gave back by becoming a sponsor to other ladies and being part of the Parenting team.
With children grown, Laureen and Malcolm became part of the Retrouvaille family, a ministry for married couples who find themselves moving towards a “married singles life”. Once able, she (along with Malcolm) again started to give back - assisting at weekend retreats, formation, and presenting.
God, family, and community were the building blocks of Laureen’s faith life. She will be sadly missed by her husband Malcolm; their children Matthew, David, Steven, and Katherine; her mother Joyce; brother Michael (Hellain); sister Leanne; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles; and extended family and friends.