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Orozco, Patricia (35)

Orozco, Patricia (35)

Patricia is a Master Lecturer and Internship and Co-op Coordinator at Laurentian University. She is completing her PhD in education and management. She has volunteered her time with the YMCA, Finlandia Village, United Way, and the Sudbury Multicultural Association.

Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: My husband and I were fortunate to live in different parts of the world; however, I believe we made one of the best decisions when we decided to move to Sudbury almost 10 years ago, a place with the deepest sense of community and a perfect place to raise a healthy, educated and happy family.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I am proud of many things including my family; my husband and my two lovely sons, and my Mexican heritage. One of my biggest professional accomplishments was the opportunity to become an entrepreneur at the age of 15, building a strong business with 17 employees by the age of 19. I learned the value of perseverance early. Today, I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead experiential education at the Faculty of Management , Laurentian University, a powerful approach that has built the community while equipping business students with the knowledge and skills needed to become professional leaders and responsible citizens. I was recently selected by the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education (CAFCE) to represent Canada to complete a global study with Australia, New Zealand and Sweden: an outstanding experience that has helped me expand and enhance my current research.

Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Stay inspired by taking the time to appreciate the little things in life. Become empowered by connecting with and learning from others. Achieve your goals by doing your best each and every day.