Giving back to her community
~Laranna Androsoff has a passion for helping others. To that end, she enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at the College of the Rockies. ~
Coming from rural BC, she felt comfortable starting her post-secondary education at a smaller institution. She was also able to live in Purcell House student residence which made getting to class easy and convenient.
“The small class sizes and strong rapport I was able to build with the instructors provided me with the support I needed to transition from high school to college,” Laranna says. “College of the Rockies helped prepare me for University.”
After graduating from College of the Rockies in 2001, Laranna continued her education at University of the Fraser Valley, completing diplomas in Special Needs Education and Infant-Toddler Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care.
A descendant of Metis Elder Thomas Taylor, who had strong connections to Louis Riel, Laranna has long been involved with the Metis community. While still in high school, she acted as the Youth Representative for both the Boundary Metis Community Association as well as for the Boundary Aboriginal Education Advisory Council. She also worked as a summer student for the Boundary Family and Individual Services Society.
Laranna has continued to work on and off-reserve with Aboriginal children and families. She taught at a First Nations Early Childhood Head Start program in Chehalis, worked as an outreach worker for young parents with Chilliwack Community Services and as a Youth Probation and Corrections Officer with Burnaby Youth Custody Services and the Ministry for Children and Family Development. Prior to obtaining her current position, she facilitated an interactive Aboriginal cultural program throughout the Boundary region.
Coming full circle, Laranna has recently returned to her hometown of Grand Forks to work as Aboriginal Family Support Worker at Boundary Family and Individual Services Society. This role is a thrill for her but she does not rule out furthering her education even more, “My new job is amazing,” she says. “I do have a dream of one day getting my Master degree, however, and to teach at the college level.”
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