Laurie was born and raised in Powerview-Pine Falls, Manitoba. She attended Law School at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 2002. She married her husband Michael following graduation and started her career in Dauphin, Manitoba as Michael was posted there as a member of the RCMP at the time. She practised in Dauphin, Powerview-Pine Falls and Winnipeg.
Prior to her move to the Swan River Valley she had been working as a lawyer for the City of Winnipeg. In early 2013, after 7 years of living and working in Winnipeg she and her husband made the decision that the City life wasn't for them and that they wanted to give their children the small town / rural upbringing they enjoyed as kids. They put their house up for sale and made the leap to move to the Valley where Michael's parents were already enjoying their retirement years.
Laurie and her family are very happy to call the Valley their home.
Christina was born and raised in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, and moved to the Valley with her parents when she was 17 years old. After graduating, work took her back north to The Pas and Flin Flon, where she worked as a head cashier for Extra Foods and as a radio station copywriter and webmaster. She returned to the Valley in 2013 and joined Oakes Law Office.
Christina is the proud mother of 2 teenage boys.
Joanna was born and raised in a small fishing community in Newfoundland. After graduating high school, she moved to Ontario. During her 9 years there, Joanna obtained diplomas in Social Service Worker and Legal Office Administration, as well as worked in Commercial Aviation, home care and legal administration. Shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2015, Joanna and her daughter moved to the Valley.
Joanna loves being a Mom and enjoys decorating cakes and reading with her daughter.
Shasta was born and raised in the Swan River Valley. After graduating high school she completed her General Business Certificate while working at RBC. She continued with RBC for 16 years in a variety of positions. She then worked as an accounting technician for a few years before joining us at Oakes Law Office.
Shasta and her husband have four beautiful children. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
Ellie is Laurie's daughter and was raised in the Valley from a young age. She is a high school student at the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School and plans on becoming a lawyer in the future. She currently spends her summers working at the office and plans to continue to do so. She enjoys school sports, the outdoors, reading and spending time with her friends.