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ACL Leader in Focus- Samantha Hoodless

Samantha Hoodless came to St. Catharines in 2005 to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Popular Culture with a Minor in Sociology from Brock University. After briefly moving to Toronto for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Relations (Humber College), she moved back to the Niagara Region to begin a career in communications. Sam has a variety of experience in several fields from non-profit (Autism Ontario) and entertainment (Fallsview Casino), to her most recent position in manufacturing. Sam is currently the Plant Communication Coordinator at General Motors’ St. Catharines Propulsion Plant and leads United Way’s Gennext Committee for young professionals. Sam is passionate about horror movies, music and animals, and will gladly chat with you about all three.

How do you define civic leadership?

To me, civic leadership means developing and utilizing positions of power or influence, your networks and resources to improve the community you live in for everyone.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I’m passionate about making effective and positive changes to my community that benefit those in less fortunate situations than myself because I would want safety net processes to be in place if I ever needed them. Those of us that can support others, should support others. I would like to develop my leadership skills to utilize them for the benefit of my community and not just myself.

In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?

I think the most important attribute of a leader is being able to absorb and be respectful of many different opinions and data, while still assertively making decisions in a fair and timely manner.

May 6th, 2020