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Nurse gets nod in Top 40 under 40
Erin Laverdure is a hometown girl and proud of it.
Smack in the middle of a multi-generation Penticton family, Laverdure was born and raised in the Peach City and literally married the boy next door.
A busy nurse and even busier mom, Laverdure is this week’s choice as the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce Top 40 under 40.
“I’m just really surprised,” said Laverdure, 30. “It really came as a shock. I know there are a lot of really talented under 40s in Penticton and I’m really honoured to be chosen as one of them.”
Growing up, her passion for family life spilled over into her career choice as a nurse and other activities associated with birthing and babies.
“I work in labour and delivery and it is a very complicated balance between supporting the life of a mother and the life of a baby,” said Laverdure. “I’ve always had a passion for babies. I was about one when my sister was born and my mom said I would sit by her cradle and rock her to sleep.”
In addition to her professional work, Laverdure also served as treasurer and a member-at-large for the Okanagan Breastfeeding Coalition.
Her other duties at the health centre include instructing prenatal programs for teens, under-resourced families and following the growth and development of babies.
Laverdure is a health nurse for two schools and co-facilitator of the weekly Baby Talk program for children under one year of age and their parents.
The daughter of well-known Penticton personality Kyle Anderson, her duties as a city ambassador were ingrained at an early age.
“I’m proud of Penticton and I’m proud of the recognition we get for our world-class events like Challenge Penticton, Peach Festival and amazing things that bring people to us,” said Laverdure. “You just have to look at how our population booms in the summer and even in the winter.
“There’s a lot to offer people and it’s hard not to feel proud of that.”
She’s a big believer in the commitment of local young people in growing Penticton to its full potential.
Laverdure cited her own family as a good example of that recognition.
“People would say, ‘Oh, Kyle Anderson is your dad,’ I used to get that a lot, but he’s starting to hear now, ‘Oh, Erin Laverdure is your daughter,” she said. “Now he’s grandpa daycare.”
On a more serious note, she feels being close to family members is critical.
“When your roots are strong and deep in the community you’re well-connected, you’re well-supported,” said Laverdure. “It’s nice to know where you came from and there’s someplace that’s always home.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child and we feel we have that support in this community.”
Ironically, although she and Daryl were next-door neighbours and graduated from Pen High, they didn’t meet until they left Penticton to attend school in Kelowna.
“We found out we lived in Penticton near Pen-Hi and he kind of did a double take and said, ‘I think I’m your neighbour,’” said Laverdure.
“We began commuting back and forth on weekends but we were coming up on 11 years before he mustered up the courage to ask me out.”
Married for nearly eight years, they now have a son and twin daughters, and no plans to leave.
Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by the Pospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation BC-Yukon. Nominations should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Top 40 Nomination.’ Please include nominees contact info and a brief reason for nomination.