Councillor Laura Dudas has dedicated her personal and professional life to the public service. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, to parents who were actively engaged in the community, she sought out a career path and volunteer opportunities that would allow her to positively impact the lives of others.
She served as the President of the Blackburn Community Association for eight years and was active on the board for 10 years. In that time, she chaired multiple volunteer boards, organized large-scale events, raised funds for local causes, and organized many public consultations.
In her volunteer capacity, Laura worked to build strong relationships with Orléans’ community associations and groups, collaborating with them to get results on issues that are important to east-end residents. She was a member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce prior to its amalgamation into the Ottawa Board of Trade, and an active supporter of the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association.
Professionally, Laura was a City of Ottawa employee for eight years (from 2010 to 2018), providing strategic communications on a wide variety of projects, including ones that directly benefited Innes Ward and Orléans. Prior to that, Laura worked as a journalist for eight years writing for several daily newspapers, including the Ottawa Sun, the Stratford Beacon Herald and the Cambridge Reporter.
Since elected as Councillor for Innes Ward in 2018, Laura has served as Ottawa Deputy Mayor under Mayor Jim Watson. Laura has also served on the Vice-Chair of the Finance and Economic Development Committee; and been a member of the Transportation Committee, Planning Committee, The Climate Change Council Sponsors Group, and The Solid Waste Master Plan Council Sponsors Group. In addition, Laura serves as Ottawa City Council Liaison on the United Way East Ontario Board.