As the Senior houseparent in Timmis House, Laurie rarely has a dull moment — and she loves it that way. Girls stop in to the apartment she shares with her husband, Marketing Coordinator Darin Steinkey, to chat, bake or just hang out. It is a role she enjoys immensely.
“With a house of 40 teenage girls, there is always something on the go,” says Laurie. “I love encouraging the girls and helping them navigate a challenging and important time in their lives.”
After teaching overseas after university, Laurie joined SMUS as a houseparent in 2005. She returned to Canada and earned her Masters degree, then took over as the Community Service Coordinator. To fulfill graduation requirement in British Columbia, each student needs a certain number of community service hours outside of school and Laurie helps students find meaningful opportunities.
“Service is such a big part of how we engage students in the community at SMUS,” she says. “If I can connect kids with volunteer activities they enjoy and are passionate about, it can cement their interest in service so they continue beyond high school.”
Outside of SMUS, Laurie is an excellent baker and chef. She enjoys making things with paper, is learning French and loves travelling and long walks by the sea.