Leanna was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in architecture (design) and history and graduated in 2018 with her MA in Environmental Policy at the Environmental Policy Institute.
Leanna has always been passionate about ‘community’. Having grown up in a large, global city, Leanna found herself preoccupied with understanding how connections between people are facilitated amidst a complex mix of interests, ideas, and barriers. She has been involved with a number of community groups in the GTA, most recently those associated with built heritage and environmental stewardship. As such, her interests lie in the convergence of built and natural spaces in urban areas, particularly the environmental, cultural, and social implications that result from such intersections. She felt that the Environmental Policy program would be a great fit in allowing her to explore community development and place-making while addressing perceived divisions between people, communities, and spaces.
Under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Vodden, Leanna’s research looked at employment-related geographic mobility and its impact in terms of planning and land-use, specifically in the Deer Lake region of Newfoundland. She hopes this research will contribute to discussions focused on generating more connective approaches to community planning.
Leanna completed her internship with the Town of Deer Lake. She assisted the Town Planner with research related to the development of a new multi-use trail including the investigation and inventory of wildlife in local stewardship areas and along the new trail path.