Originally from Victoria Harbour, Ontario – Alanna LaHay traded the Georgian Bay lifestyle for the Greater Sudbury community in order to pursue an Advanced Diploma at Cambrian College for the Physical Fitness Management program from 2014-2017. As a former provincially recognized student leader and scholar graduate, she is now the Executive Director of Volunteer Sudbury / Bénévolat Sudbury (VBS) and is the Director of Player and Program Development with the Northern Lights Basketball Academy. She is passionate about developing our community through volunteerism, mentorship, and sport as a young leader in our city.
Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: As a coach, it is important to me that young girls have a positive first experience in sport. I am working towards achieving all of my National Coaching Certification Program levels, which will help me to continue my coaching pathways to benefit the overall development of female basketball players in our community. Along with this, I hope to be a mentor for girls through becoming a high-level coach and providing barrier-free and inclusive opportunities for athletes to experience the sport.
Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: ‘Hall of Fame’ by The Script
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: The most rewarding part of my job is helping people with disabilities, and mental illness find meaningful volunteer opportunities through my Valuable Volunteer Program with VBS. I lost my father to suicide in my final year of college, in 2016 and he was someone I looked up to for giving back to your community. It is a continuous goal for me to help others feel socially included, and that they have a part in our community no matter the battle they are facing mentally or physically.
Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: Although my main personal interest is basketball, my first love was music. I was a competitive singer, and took it very seriously – from my wardrobe, to my movement routine. I took singing lessons, competed across the region in various competitions, winning several with a line-up of country songs! I believe that this experience is what has allowed me to become a strong public speaker and confident in what I do both professionally, and in life.
Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: I find the city of Greater Sudbury inspiring, and welcoming. I have experienced first hand the power of community through my time at Cambrian College; seeing students welcomed from all areas of the world, to my career at VBS. The number of organizations that embrace inclusion, and support the removal of barriers to making a difference in your community makes me proud to be a part of this city.