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Gingras, Sophie (29)

Gingras, Sophie (29)

Sophie is the communications and public affairs co-ordinator for the Desjardins Group. She is also the owner of Le Petit Panier, a gourmet gift basket company. She volunteers with Eat Local Sudbury and is fundraiser for the Vale Hospice.

Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: We live in a vibrant community filled with young people excited to build their lives. With the lakes, outdoor activities, restaurants and cafes who wouldn’t be happy to live here? But most of all, I am happy to be living in a bilingual community because I can work and be served in both French and English. Sudbury has a very strong Franco-Ontarian community, ranked among the most important ones of the province, and I am extremely proud to be part of it.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I took the time to travel and teach overseas for two years after completing my university studies. Living and travelling abroad taught me how to be adaptable, brave, accepting, compassionate, patient and appreciative of different people and cultures. Travelling has enriched my life in ways I never thought possible.

Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: Always look at the positive side of any situation you may face. Keeping a positive attitude will allow you to overcome any negative situation.

Q: What is your personal motto?
A: “Do more of what makes you happy.”

Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Surround yourself with a good support system: friends, family and co-workers who will support and challenge you and always willing to give a helping hand.