Kristi was born in Fort Churchill and grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. She attended a French immersion grade school, and English for high school. She spent many of those years playing soccer, running track and swimming competitively.
Kristi attended her first year of university in her hometown before moving to BC to attend University of British Columbia. Kristi has a BA in Psychology and a Registered Professional counselling designation. She has a 20 year son who is a 3rd year Business student at UBC.
Prior to joining the BCRTA , Laurie worked in an HR Department for ten enjoyable years and a temp agency for five while having fun raising a family. After starting her career as a grocery cashier, she also worked as a legal assistant for several years and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from SFU.