Legal Assistant/Commissioner of Oaths

Joanna was born and raised in a small fishing community in Newfoundland. After graduating high school, she moved to Ontario. During her 9 years there, Joanna obtained diplomas in Social Service Worker and Legal Office Administration, as well as worked in Commercial Aviation, home care and legal administration.  Shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2015, Joanna and her daughter moved to the Valley.  
Joanna loves being a Mom and enjoys decorating cakes and reading with her daughter.


Christina Zurba

Chrissy Kirk



Laurie was born and raised in Powerview-Pine Falls, Manitoba.  She attended Law School at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 2002.  She married her husband Michael following graduation and started her career in Dauphin, Manitoba as Michael was posted there as a member of the RCMP at the time.  She practised in Dauphin, Powerview-Pine Falls and Winnipeg. 

Prior to her move to the Swan River Valley she had been working as a lawyer for the City of Winnipeg.  In early 2013, after 7 years of living and working in Winnipeg she and her husband made the decision that the City life wasn't for them and that they wanted to give their children the small town / rural upbringing they enjoyed as kids.  They put their house up for sale and made the leap to move to the Valley where Michael's parents were already enjoying their retirement years.  

Laurie and her family are very happy to call the Valley their home.

Laurie A. E. Oakes

Joanna Henson

Oakes Law Office​ 

Legal Assistant/Commissioner of Oaths/Webmaster

Christina was born and raised in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, and moved to the Valley with her parents when she was 17 years old.  After graduating, work took her back north to The Pas and Flin Flon, where she worked as a head cashier for Extra Foods and as a radio station copywriter and webmaster.  She returned to the Valley in 2013 and joined Oakes Law Office.

Christina is the proud mother of 2 boys ages 11 and 13.

Legal Assistant/Receptionist/Bookkeeper/Commissioner of Oaths

​Chrissy was born in Watson, Saskatchewan but was raised in southern Manitoba.  She moved to the Valley in 2007 with her husband and three children.

Chrissy worked at Spectra Credit Union in Redvers, SK before she moved and then had her own home daycare here in Swan River, so she could be home with her children.  With her children growing up and her wanting to work out of the home, she worked at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre for a few years before starting here at Oakes Law Office.

Chrissy spends her time following her kids in their various activities.  When she's not travelling the Prairie Provinces she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors in the summer with her family.