40 Under Forty Awards


Jennings, Dana (34)

Jennings, Dana (34)

Dana is a business development officer in tourism and culture for the City of Greater Sudbury. The mother of two girls volunteers her time with the Irish Heritage Club of Sudbury, the Young Professionals Association, and the Luncheon of Hope. She is an H.B.Com grad from Laurentian University.

Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: Since starting to work for the city in 2006, and especially since working in tourism, I find there are so many reasons why Sudbury is the best place for me and my family. Not only is it the perfect place to raise my children and have a fulfilling career, but its natural assests and built attractions are really quite impressive. A lot of us take it for granted until something or someone opens our eyes to it again for the first time.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I am proud and feel so lucky to do what I do. But really, my greatest accomplishment and what makes me most proud these days are my girls, Fiona (3) and Niamh (1). They make every day and everything so much better.

Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: That life is too short. Stop and take stock of all the blessings in your life. Be grateful. Be happy.

Q: What is your personal motto?
A: “You get what you give.” In work and in personal relationships, it is important to put in what you what you would like to get in return.

Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Give back. Getting involved in your community or with causes you value. It is good for your heart and head.