The Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury is run by a board of volunteers who dedicate their time to foster a culture of community engagement, networking and professional development to empower emerging leaders and young professionals in Greater Sudbury. We wanted to take some time to introduce you to each of our board members in our Meet our Board blog series! Today we are introducing you to Hailey Short. Hailey is our Director of Special Events.

Describe what you do?

I am the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Greater Sudbury Airport. Essentially, I create content to highlight and promote both the Greater Sudbury Airport and the Sudbury community. Our goal is to be Northern Ontario’s preferred gateway, whether that means you’re travelling for leisure or travelling for business, we’re working to enhance your experience from beginning to end.

Was this the career you always envisioned for yourself? What inspired you?

Growing up I wanted to be everything under sun – Dentist, Teacher, Fashion Designer, everything. Truthfully, I stumbled on Communications when picking a major, and I’m so grateful I did. I knew that I needed something stimulating, eventful, chaotic, and something that would keep me on my toes. After graduating in 2013, I started an internship at NORCAT. I knew right away I made the right decision – it truly was the perfect fit for me. Four years later, I’m still as lively as that intern was.

Why did you decide to join the YPA and what do you hope to achieve while on the board?

I had first heard of the YPA from a colleague of mine (Kyle McCall – also on the board!), and I knew right away I wanted to get involved. Like other millennials (yes, a proud, self-entitled millennial), volunteering and being involved in the community is extremely important to me. I saw the value this organization has for young professionals in our community, and I wanted to be part of giving YPs an outlet to network and create professional development opportunities.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Step out of your comfort zone – what’s that saying, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”? No truer words have been spoken. Over the past few years, I’ve learned to embrace this, and it has led me to many amazing opportunities (both personally and professionally).

What is your favourite local business?

P&Ms. Hands down… or Old Rock.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably a combination of P&Ms pasta (Mushroom Ravioli) + glass of red, followed by a ‘Classic’ from Old Rock.

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