Laura Lesser was born and educated in Toronto. She has worked as a critical care nurse. The high stress environment and long hours associated with nursing made it difficult for Laura to continue working in this field. She is a Peer Support Worker at Edmond Place (a supportive housing agency for addiction and mental health consumers) and worked with PARC Ambassadors on a food security project in collaboration with West End Food Coop. This is Laura’s 8th year on the Dream Team. She was involved in the Team’s report “What Stops Us from Working?” and is currently one of the Peer Advocates. Laura has two children and two grandchildren. Following a two-year court battle with child protective services, Laura gained custody of her grand-daughter who lives with her to this day. In her spare time, Laura enjoys crocheting and traveling. Friends, family and employment have been the main components in her recovery.