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 JC Fillion. JC is our Executive Coordinator.

Describe what you do.

I am a Personal Financial Advisor for the South End Branch of Desjardins in Sudbury.  I have the pleasure in helping others achieve their goals and plan for success!  I work with clients to improve their financial situations by diagnosing the problem and finding the solutions.

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

At first, I graduated from Culinary Arts and was thinking of operating my very own Parisian Café Bistro, after living in Paris for 6 months.  After see the stats of 90% of restaurants fail, I decided to attend a Business-Commerce program.  I graduated with very high marks and realized, that was my calling.  I loved playing with numbers, seeing a problem and finding a solution.  What inspires me is, the ability to say yes to that dream home, yes to that chance of attending a post-secondary program without OSAP and so on.  Being able to also find a way to improve and pave the path for anyone who did not qualify at that time.

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

I decided to join the YPA to be a part of something that will and have benefitted others in staying connected.  YPA gives the opportunity to the GSA(Greater Sudbury Area), to network and connect as a professional community.  Learning from others and sending referrals to help the other fellow professional, is a great relationship to develop.  Being a part of the development of the YPA means I can put my passion into play and dedicate to improving our community.   I hope to achieve great professional relationships with others in the community and be able to give the chance to others to meet each other.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

My advice is to always follow your passion and dedicate to hunting down that dream of yours!  You only have one life and only you are in charge of your future.

What is your favouritelocal business?

What is my favorite local business?  I think this is a tough question as there are so many.  I find myself as a foodie and appreciate the hard work that Verddichios puts into their food creations.  I also enjoy Collège Boréal, because they helped me grow into the professional I am today.  Being the coffee lover I am, I also adore Old Rock and other local coffee shops.  Another business to add, would be Big Brother Big Sisters.  They have introduced me to the special little guy named Connor!

What has been the most exciting moment of your life so far and why?

The most exciting moment of my life is, having my dream to visit Paris, France realized.  My brother has moved to France to be a monk and seeing him was a delightful time.  Another exciting time is when I sat next to Meghan Markle at the airport in Toronto, seen Mike from the popular tv show: Suits, and how I was able to be part of improving of the French educational system by working with RÉFO (Regroupement Étudiants Franco-Ontarien).


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