Councillor Laurel Collins

Neighbourhood Liaison

  • James Bay Neighbourhood Association

Regional Service & Civic Committees

  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
  • CRD Regional Water Supply Commission
  • Urban Food Table
  • Seniors Task Force

Biography

Laurel has dedicated her life to advocating for social and environmental justice. She has successfully pushed to accelerate the City’s Climate Leadership Plan, for strong affordable housing policies, and for protecting our urban forest.

As an instructor the University of Victoria, she teaches courses in Social Justice Studies, Political Sociology, Social Inequality and the Sociology of Gender. Through her previous work as the Program Coordinator at Victoria Women in Need, Laurel ran programs for women who have experienced abuse. And in 2015, she co-published a book, Women, Adult Education, and Leadership in Canada.

She was the chair and co-founder member of Divest Victoria, an organization promoting environmental justice, responsible investment, and a just transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2017, she won a Victoria Community Leadership award in Sustainability and Community Building.

Laurel completed her Masters in Human Security and Peacebuilding, and through her professional field placement, she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Northern Uganda, helping to create durable solutions for internally displaced persons in the aftermath of deadly conflict. Laurel is committed to tackling social, economic and ecological challenges, standing up for social and environmental justice, and to fostering collaborative, inclusive politics.