Laura Dudas

Laura is a proud Innes Ward resident and has lived in Blackburn Hamlet since 2006. 

She’s a wife and mom to three kids and a big dog, a dedicated volunteer, a vocal advocate for community issues and a communications professional. 

Laura has served as President of the Blackburn Community Association for eight years, preceded by terms as Vice-President and Civic Affairs Director. In those roles, she chaired multiple volunteer boards, organized large-scale events, raised funds for local causes, and organized many public consultations. 

She has built strong relationships with Orléans community associations and groups, getting results on issues that are important to residents. 

Laura has been a communications professional with the City of Ottawa for the past seven years, working on a wide variety of projects, including public transportation, the Citys budget, planning and development issues, technology launches, the older adult plan, recreation and environmental services, and much more. 

As a result, Laura knows how the City operates from the inside and how to get things done for Innes Ward. 

Laura is also proud of her involvement as: 

  •  an Orléans Chamber of Commerce member and Heart of Orléans BIA supporter 
  •  Chair of the Harvest Moon 2017 celebration in Barrington Park held in partnership with seven other community associations 
  •  a member of the Orléans Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion 
  •  Sparks and Brownie leader with the Girl Guides (aka “Cookie Owl”) 
  •  a member of the Good Shepherd Schools Parent Council 
  •  organizer of a community walk audit in 2017 in partnership with the Ottawa Council on Aging to improve accessibility 
  •  Chair of Blackburn Hamlets Beautification Committee where she successfully obtained funding for new public benches and spearheaded an ongoing, large-scale beautification of the communitys main intersection in partnership with local businesses 
  •  Cancer Chase Chair in 2015, a fundraiser for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation 
  •  a journalist with the Ottawa Sun for eight years writing articles that made a difference in the lives of the citys residents 
  •  organizer of tree-planting initiatives in response to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation 

Laura was honoured to be the recipient of the Leading Women Building Communities Award in 2018 and the Orléans 150th Award in 2017, both presented by MPP Marie-France Lalonde. 

She was a nominee for the Ottawa Amazing People Award in 2017 and a proud recipient of the Heart of Orléans Award in 2013, presented by the late MP Royal Galipeau. 

Laura lives in Blackburn Hamlet with her husband Mike, a serving member of the RCMP, her step-daughter Kayla, daughter Cassandra, son Matthias, dog Harley, and a fish named Bubbles.