Verna Laboy

I am a health educator with Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services. I am also a community activist and have helped found groups such as the Worley Street Round Table, which works to strengthen the ties between families and our schools.

I am 59 years old and have lived in Boone County for 28 years. Columbia is a booming and growing city with a small-town feel that is much more intimate in the summer when students are away. We are a college town with access to some of the greatest minds and collaborations between the town and the gown.

The city has an intentional focus and shares resources to facilitate a more inclusive and diverse community and to build the local economy.

I choose to live here because of the intellectual stimulation, the cultural diversity and the family-friendly activities. It’s a great place to raise a family. I like the downtown district as well as the arts, the variety of restaurants and the cultural establishments.

My favorite event during the year is Art in the Park at Stephens Lake Park. One of our best-kept secrets is Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. You can see some of the nation’s most beautiful birds, especially during migration seasons.