40 Under Forty Awards


Tan, Jessica Hsiao Ching (24)

Tan, Jessica Hsiao Ching (24)

Jessica is the owner of Golden Palace restaurant in Lively. The young entreprenuer donates to various causes and orgnaizations such as the Walden Winter Carnival. Her restaurant is a contributor to the International Food Day, Canada Day at the Sudbury Arena.

Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: Sudbury is a cornucopia of positive factors – fantastically well groomed parks, down-toearth people, scientific exploration, artistic expression, the presence of nature’s grace within doorstep range, and a cohesive spirit second to none.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I was able to undertake the daunting task of running my own restaurant at the age of 20. It’s been an uphill journey to succeed. Everything was so unfamiliar to me, but it solidified as a successful path I wouldn’t trade anything for.

Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: All people go through life with certain biases and expectations for the rest of humanity, and yet there are so many people out there who can change your day in just a few seconds. Everyone has a story to tell, and until they let the walls down, you’ll never really know just how fascinating a person can truly be.

Q: What is your personal motto?
A: “Take a breath. Make a plan. Then you can achieve anything.”

Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Whether it’s a brand new sense of wonderment and adventure or a lifelong wish fulfilment, what you do with your life need only make sense to you and you alone. Pipe dreams exist merely as a precursor to attainable goals, so make sure you attach sensibility to your expectations.