2010 Winners

Thunder Bay | Aspiring Achiever Scholarship

Brittney Marshall

Brittney Marshall

For as long as Joanne Marshall can remember, her daughter Brittney has
always set the bar high for herself.

“Brittney has always been an overachiever,” says Joanne. “From day one, if the teacher told her to do something for homework and all she had to do was fill in the blanks, she’d make sure the whole page was coloured.”

Brittney’s attitude hasn’t changed since then. The Grade 12 Thunder Bay student has demonstrated her leadership time and again, and this year she is the winner of the Influential Women’s (IW) Aspiring Achiever Scholarship. She will be presented with a cheque for $2,000 on June 3 at the IW gala at Thunder Bay’s Victoria Inn for her winning essay entitled Women in Leadership: May the Torch be Passed on to Capable Hands.

Marshall’s essay stood out among the record numbers that were submitted this year. The paper demonstrates her vision and commitment to leading her community to a brighter future.

Now that she’s about to leave St. Patrick High School, Marshall’s resumé is already more impressive than those twice her age. She’s managed to complete high school without a single grade in any subject
slipping below 90 per cent and receiving a multitude of academic awards – all while holding down a part-time job at SilverCity Cinemas and amassing hundreds of
volunteer hours.

“I’ve always wanted to give back to the community and volunteer my time to help others,” says Marshall.

Marshall volunteers her time through her job and school by organizing events and fundraisers. She also participates in a program called YouthScape, which is designed to engage youth to make a difference in their community. She was even able to travel to Victoria, B.C., to the YouthScape national conference in November.

“I just like seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces and seeing you make an impact on their lives by doing something small.”

She says her leadership style is a quiet one. She likes to listen to everyone’s opinion before giving her own and tries to accommodate everyone involved in the process.

Her successes are many. As treasurer, Marshall led YouthScape to get funding
to renovate a local youth drop-in centre. She has organized many high-school events, dances, and food drives, and has been a Grade 2 soccer coach.

Marshall says she is inspired by female leaders such as Michelle Obama and Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson, but most of all, her proud mother Joanne.

“I’m proud that I was able to give some of my values to her, without even forcing them onto her,” says Joanne. “It’s very exciting.”

Joanne became a co-owner of the computer company MicroAge, and worked hard as a single parent.

“She’s very unbiased,” Brittany says of her mother. “That’s how I like to live my life. You can’t always look at one way to get somewhere, otherwise you’re not going to get the best results.

“There are characteristics in her that I’d like to attain when I get older.”

To Brittney, a leader can be anything from an internationally recognized
humanitarian to a local school crossing guard. She says it’s more important than ever to have women in these leadership roles.

“The more role models, the better. I find sometimes in high school, you get those negative stereotypes and not everybody needs to be looking up to the celebrities in the magazines.”

Brittney’s career choice falls in line with her desire to help others. She plans to study biology at Lakehead University in the fall. Afterwards, she hopes to attend the University of Toronto to become a doctor. Marshall is particularly interested in psychiatry and psychology.

She plans to continue volunteering throughout her university education and for the rest of her life.