I imagine you want to know a little bit more about how my past experiences influence my work as a hope-focused practitioner and educator. Where have I worked? What kinds of contributions have I made to the community; and to the educational field? For those of you who are interested, here is my most recent CV.


  • 18 years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms
  • Created hope-focused resources and programs that enable learners to work toward personally meaningful and life-sustaining futures in health, education and community settings
  • Supported the development of adult learning environments for reluctant learners on First Nations
  • Administered major revisions of a number of Portage College Guidelines, the Student Services Learning Department, Faculty Development/Design Departments, and ‘Student Learner Evaluations’ to better reflect 21st Century learning and future employment needs

Doctoral of Education, University of Alberta, 2014

Master of Education, University of Alberta, 2002

Bachelor of Education, University of Alberta, 1979

  • Member, Education Society Edmonton 1997-Present
  • Grad Rep, University of Alberta Elementary Education Council, 2011-2012
  • Secretary, Education Society of Edmonton, 2002-2003
  • President, Canadian College of Teachers, M.E. Lazerte Chapter, 1995-1997
  • Division I Representative, Edmonton Public Local Executive, 1985-1987


  • Founder and member of Community Connectors program in Lac La Biche, AB 2019 – Present
  • Project Lead, Hope Kids™ Adopt a Grandparent Program at Continuing Care Centre, Lac La Biche, AB
  • Board Member, Lac La Biche County Libraries, 2017 – Present
  • Director, Lac La Biche Community Learning Board, 2015-2017
  • President, Canadian Cancer Society, Edmonton Unit, 1997
  • Chair, Public Relations Committee, AB/NWT, Canadian Cancer Society, 1995-1997


  • 2016-Present: Contracts with Lac La Biche Community Learning; Heart Lake First Nation; Whitefish Lake First Nation [Proposal Writing, Project Management/Oversight of Educational and Community Projects, Career Coaching, Research and Evaluation using hope-focused practices]; Lac La Biche Native Friendship Centre; Facilitating Hope-Focused Sessions/Research; Adjunct Academic Scholar, Elementary Education, University of Alberta; Hope-Focused Online course development with NorQuest College.
  • 2013-2016: Director of Teaching, Learning & Applied Research, Portage College [Responsible for Faculty Development; Learning Design & Technology; Student Learning Services-IEP’s/testing/student advocate; Learning Commons-Library; Applied Research Office. Developed and coordinated Goodfish Lake Open Campus for youth 15-21 years old]
  • 2000-2012: Hope Foundation of Alberta, Not-for-profit international research center, University of Alberta. Director of Educational Services [Developed and coordinated hope-focused programs/resources, ongoing professional development, and research/evaluation processes (i.e. facilitated the Hope Studies Certificate program at NorQuest College and monthly sessions for childcare workers and teachers]
  • 1982-1984: Child Care Counselor, Government of Alberta
  • 1979-2000: Teacher, Edmonton Public School District in K-6 schools. [Coordinator of weekly Professional Development Activities for school staff. Nurtured a Rotary partnership in 1999 that continues to exist today]


  • LeMay, L. M. Continuing to make sense of a narrative conception of hope. (In press).
  • LeMay, L. M. (2014). A narrative inquiry into teachers’ experiences of working with hope Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • LeMay, L. M. (2012). Exploring work. In Ronna F. J. Jevne (Ed), Images & Echoes: Exploring life with photography and writing. (pp. 95-103).  Edmonton, AB: Self-Published
  • LeMay, L. M. & Edey, W. (2008) The Teacher Hope Initiative Monograph: The Story(ies) of Teachers on Extended Disability, Edmonton, AB: Hope Foundation of Alberta.
  • LeMay, L. M., Edey, W., & Larsen, D. (2008) Nurturing Hopeful Souls: Hopeful Practices and Activities for Children and Youth, Edmonton, AB: Hope Foundation of Alberta.
  • LeMay, L. M. & Hiemer, S. (2008). Making hope visible and accessible. The Alberta Teacher’s Association Magazine. 89(2), pp. 16-17.
  • Larsen, D., Edey, W., & LeMay, L. (2007). Understanding the role of hope in counselling: Exploring the intentional uses of hope. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 20(4), pp. 401-416.
  • LeMay, L, Edey, W., Larsen, D. (2005). Hope Studies Certificate – Curriculum. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: NorQuest College. (70 pgs.)
  • LeMay, L. M. (2002). An autobiographical narrative inquiry: My hope as an educator. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


  • St. Albert Baha’i International Women’s Day Award, 2011
  • Recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, 2008
  • Horowitz Scholar, Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, University of Alberta, 2004-2005