Laura Winters has been fortunate to work and volunteer with community organizations in her home city of St. John’s for many years; she works from a deep-seated belief in the power of harm reduction and the importance of the voice of lived experience. As System Planner with End Homelessness St. John’s, she is responsible for the implementation and management of that city’s Coordinated Access System. The fostering of partnership and collaboration is the foundation of that work, along with a philosophy of the collective responsibility of homelessness serving systems to uphold the human rights and dignity of all community members. Prior to her involvement with EHSJ, Laura worked at the St. John’s Status of Women Council, where she founded and ran the Safe Harbour Outreach Program (SHOP), a front line support and advocacy program for women who do sex work or are involved in sexual exploitation. Laura holds a Masters of Sociology from Memorial University, and is near completion of a PhD at the University of New Brunswick.