Shawna Diane Partridge – Young Woman of Distinction
The words “determination”, “perseverance”, and “commitment” best describe Shawna Diane Partridge, a published author, mentor, college professor, literacy advocate, and inspirational leader. A graduate of Sault College, Laurentian University, Queen’s University, and University of Windsor, Shawna is a high achiever, accomplishing honours, scholarships, and academic recognition, all while working part-time to support her studies. She brings her passion, intellect, education, and writing skills to her various roles in the community: Business Development and Communications Coordinator for Gougeon Insurance Brokers; part-time professor at Cambrian College; guest lecturer at Laurentian University; award-nominated author (Rule of Seconds published by Latitude 46 Publishing in 2016, and shortlisted for a Northern Lit Award in 2017) and freelance editor through her own business, Shawna Diane Partridge Professional Services. Aside from developing professional and teaching communications, her fervor for writing and literacy has brought her to lead various writing workshops for young writers, women at a women’s correctional facility, and adult literacy. As lead on Gougeon’s Community Action Plan, she has been instrumental in raising over $120,000 over three years for the Northern Cancer Foundation through Gougeon’s main community initiative, Sudbury Community Airbandz. Prior to her work at Gougeon, Shawna’s work at the Sudbury Community Foundation included her development and implementation of the Emerging Leaders Program, which provides professional and networking opportunities for emerging young professionals, aged 20-35, in Greater Sudbury. Shawna is a significant contributor to young leaders’ development and community literacy in Sudbury.
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