Nomination Date: 23/10/2018
Aino Laamanen was born in Finland and immigrated to Canada at age ten, living on a dairy farm with her family in Southern Ontario. In 1967, she moved to the Sudbury area to work in an accounting firm. While raising a family, she helped establish and co-manage a construction company, and earned an honours degree in religious studies and philosophy at Laurentian University.
Community organizations Aino has volunteered with include Big Sisters of Sudbury, Canadian Red Cross, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Finlandia Village, the Sudbury Soils Study, Sunday school. She has been involved in many Conservative Party campaigns in the past 20 years, and was invited to represent the Nickel Belt riding in the 2015 election.
Aino is fluent in Finnish and English, and continues to improve her French. She leads an active lifestyle, has held a private pilot’s license, and enjoys nature and riding her motorcycle. In recent years, Aino has studied Organic Farming and is a member of the Ecological Farmer’s Association of Ontario.
Values which inspire her are respect for democracy, protection for the people and the environment, honesty and transparency with money management.