The Art of Mixing Work and Play: Meet Laura Mortier

A Hometown Connection

Laura Mortier considers herself to be a hometown person. Her affinity for Canton stems from its unique blend of being a large, diverse community while still retaining a small-town ambiance. She cherishes the abundance of public spaces facilitating connections, the safety and inclusivity prevalent in Canton's programs, and the commendable quality of Canton’s schools.

Aside from her time living away for college, Laura has resided in Canton for 35 years. She considers herself lucky to have purchased her grandparents' home, located just around the corner from her parents' residence in the same subdivision.

A Reputation for Top-Notch Programming

Laura is a proud alumnus of Plymouth High School's inaugural graduating class. She went on to continue her academic journey at Eastern Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree, and now serves as Recreation Supervisor for Canton Leisure Services. 

Laura first began her journey with Leisure Services at the age of 17, working as a camp counselor. In her current role as Recreation Supervisor, she oversees the multifaceted operations and programming of the B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, enrichment classes and camps, special events and festivals, therapeutic recreation tailored to those with disabilities, and the art and culture programs at the Village Arts Factory.

In recognition for her dedication to the field, Laura was recently named the recipient of the 2023 Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Mortier is one of just over a dozen other parks and recreation professionals in the United States to have received the distinguished award.

Laura says the best thing about her job is creating safe, unique, inclusive and one-of-a-kind, top-notch programs that are reflective of the community.

Family, Friends and Community Engagement 

When she’s not working, Laura finds immense joy in the company of her family and friends. Laura's husband of 10 years, Matt, is employed in Alumni and Donor Relations at Eastern Michigan University. Laura and Matt are the proud parents of a 5-year-old daughter, Matilda, who, as Laura lovingly says, “is our whole world!”. Matilda very much enjoys life in the Canton community as well—attending school here and participating in dance classes at a local studio.

Laura also devotes substantial time to various community roles, holding the position of President on the Canton Preparatory School board, serving on her local elementary school PTO and actively participating in her church's Peace and Justice Committee. 

Both personally and professionally, it's clear that Laura plays an integral role in the enrichment of the Canton community.