Lainie holds a degree in Art History and is the recipient of several professional dance grants and one inter-arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been credited for motivating the government to tighten Canadian laws around marriages of convenience - and she did it by using art as a vehicle for communicating with the media and government about her personal story. Lainie's story caught international media attention when she marched to Parliament Hill wearing her wedding dress and a red door strapped to her back. She lives in Canada's national capital region with her miniature dachshund, Picasso. How to Catch an African Chicken is her first book.
A dancer named Lainie traveled to West Africa and fell in love with a drummer named Keza. After several trips, they got married. Lainie then sponsored him to come to Canada. Soon after Keza arrived, he disappeared. If he collected welfare, Lainie would be responsible for reimbursing the government. She went public with her story and sparked a movement that helped to change an entire system