Briana is the communications co-ordinator at Health Sciences North. She is also a dance instructor at Project Dance. Motivated by her brother’s death in a mining accident, she has worked to create awareness to prevent similar deaths and accidents. She was a founding member of MINES (Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone’s Support).
Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: Sudbury is the place I feel comfort and joy. It is one thing for a city to have beautiful sights and sceneries, but it is much more meaningful when each of those places has a story or memory.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Winning this award, The MINES committee, and the Ministry of Labour Mining Health & Safety Review, buying my home, and watching my student’s dance on stage. But to be proud is to be humble.
Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: Life is short. When you wake up in the morning be thankful you have been given the gift of one more day. Enjoy every moment and everything that life brings, big or small. Life was not given to you to take for granted.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: In my brother’s eulogy I recited a poem, The Dash by Linda Ellis. One line I think about often is “For it matters not how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”
Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Nothing worth achieving comes without hard work. There are times when you will be down or feel you may not have succeeded, but that just means it wasn’t right for you at that moment. The world is full of possibilities, you just need to remember you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do.