Laura was born in raised in Toronto, in a single parent home. She attributes much of her drive and determination to her late mother’s steadfast belief that her daughter could achieve whatever she set her mind to.

Ms. Cattari’s promising career in technology came to an end in 2003 due to disability. The challenges of disability and subsequent poverty have shaped her outlook and passion for social justice today.

Since that time she has worked diligently to empower others on their own paths, believing strongly in the power and wisdom of experience. Through written word, media engagement, workshops and guest speaking she has reached thousands; locally, provincially and nationally. She strives for healthy communities where all individuals have a sense of belonging and an opportunity to contribute.

It was her great honour to recognized in 2018 as a “Woman Who Rocks”, a former Status of Women Canada Initiative. Likewise to receive a 2018 ‘Maggie’ award in Politics for her independent journalism.